• Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden

“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.

Click here to visit the Hortus Botanicus website

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!

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)
guided photography tour of Leiden

After the tour

If you would like to continue discussions after the end of the tour, time permitting your guide will be more than happy to do so.


Check availability of tours
day date morning afternoon evening start time
Saturday 4 JULY Hortus Botanicus tour 14:00

Meeting place

The tour begins and ends at Leiden central station

From the station to the botanical gardens is approximately 1.5km

Start and end time

The tour begins at 14:00 and ends at approximately 18:00

Refreshment break

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.

Equipment hire

To hire a camera costs from €14.95

To hire a tripod and remote control costs €4.95

Click here for more information on equipment hire


we accept payment via all major credit cards

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

guided photography tour of Leiden

Bad weather

The weather in the Netherlands can be unpredictable, especially in Autumn and Winter.

But it seldom rains the for whole day. If the rain is torrential the workshop will be cancelled, but if it is not heavy the tour will go on regardless.

Photographers are hardy folks, and stormy skies and wet pavements present some of the most exciting photo opportunities!

Cancellation policy

But whatever the weather, you may cancel up to 1 day before for a full refund.

And if you are not satisfied with the tour for any reason we will also refund your money in full.

How can I book this tour?

If you would like to book this photo tour of Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus, you can do so by:

Booking online

Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23

Emailing info@dutchphototrek.com

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If you would like to learn more about Dutch Photo Trek, you may telephone us daytime or evenings (Central European Time), weekdays or weekends.