“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light”
— Hans Hofmann
Leiden’s Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)
About the Botanical Gardens tour
If you like nature and green spaces you can combine a photography tour of Leiden with a visit to Leiden’s spectacular botanical gardens, The Hortus Botanicus.
Established in 1590, it is one of Europe’s oldest botanical gardens. It is a peaceful and relaxing green oasis where photo opportunities abound: magnificent centuries-old trees from round the globe, a large pond filled with lazy carp, Japanese garden, spectacular tropical hothouses, aquaria, a butterfly house, truly impressive collections of orchids and insectivorous plants, and much more besides. Whatever the weather and whatever the season, Hortus Botanicus will entrance and delight you!
You will spend two hours wandering round the magnificent gardens and greenhouses, There will be a pause for relaxed lunch at the superb café, with a chance to review and discuss your photos.
Other places visited
On the way to the Hortus Botanicus we will take you to:
- Windmill de Valk
- Leiden’s west gate, de Morspoort
- Galgewater and the old harbour
- Rembrandt’s birthplace
- Leiden’s The smallest house
- Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315)
The photography experience
During the Hortus Botanicus visit, for those who are interested, the tuition will concentrate on close-ups and macro photography, depth of field (isolating subjects against the background), and lighting, including back lighting and infill flash.
One thing we can guarantee: you will not be short of amazing subjects to photograph!
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The tour begins and ends at Leiden central station
From the station to the Hortus Botanicus is approximately 1.5km
Start and end time
The tour begins at 14:00 and ends at approximately 18:00
There will be a break at about 16:00
The cost of this tour is €34.95 per person. This includes admission to the Hortus Botanicus.
To hire a camera costs from €14.95
To hire a tripod and remote control costs €4.95
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You may also pay at the beginning of the trek, but please note as places are limited, priority will be given to those who have pre-paid