The Botanical Gardens at Fort Hoofddijk provide an unparalleled collection of plants from all around the world. The history of living plant collections of Utrecht University dates back to the 17th century. The first botanical garden of the university was founded in Utrecht in 1639, three years after the establishment of the university itself.
At the very heart of the province of Utrecht there is a unique natural treasure consisting of thousands of plant species: the Botanic Gardens of Utrecht University. The Gardens are situated at Fort Hoofddijk in the city of Utrecht. Visitors are very welcome in this colourful and fascinating world, where they can discover nature at its best.
The more than 6,000 plant species in the Botanic Gardens, that over a period of more than 350 years have been gathered for scientific research during expeditions or traded as seeds with other Botanic Gardens, come from all over the world. Some plants are very rare or have already become extinct in nature.
Open from March through November, daily from 10 am – 5 pm.