Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis

Leuven, Belgium

The Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis is the oldest botanical garden of Belgium, dating from 1738. The botanical garden has always been linked with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. It first aim was to provide herbs for medical use. Later, the gardens became used for study purposes and they hosted an extensive collection of ornamental plants, cultivated plants that could possibly be used for economic purposes and rare plants. Despite the differentiating in use, in popular language the garden is still called the Dutch equivalent for 'herbgarden' (Kruidtuin).

Nowadays the Botanical Garden is maintained by the municipality of Leuven. In contrast with many other botanical gardens, this garden has free access and is used extensively by tourists and citizens alike. The garden functions sometimes as a place of exhibition for contemporary art.

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    Eduardo Rosas Lencastre (43 days ago)
    Lovely place tho go for a walk. Very well maintained. A proper botanical garden. However, missing some information about the plants.
    Lenka Csandová (2 months ago)
    A very nice botanical garden. It is not very big, but it has its highlights and cozy nooks. There is no entry fee and you can also visit the orangery and the greenhouse for free. There are also toilets. A really nice place for visiting and inspiration.
    Zsófia Kovács (3 months ago)
    I really loved it. It was really nice and very calming. Even if you just want to relax a bit I would definitely recommend it. There are many benches where you can sit and enjoy the view.
    Swapnil (3 months ago)
    Small, well maintained botanical garden with few separate glass houses. Fairly good collection of plants but for sure not big enough to be mentioned in top 100 botanical gardens. Serves as a thorough fare for general public during the day time. Absolutely a good place to visit for some peace.
    Lisa R (6 months ago)
    Lovely garden. Paths around every corner that lead you to another treasure of blooms. Water features add to the atmosphere of serenity. Can't wait to come back.
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