Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis (Kruidtuin) , B 3000 Leuven ( last change : 21.03.2011 10:24:44 )

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Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis (Kruidtuin)
Paul Uyttebroeck
Kapucijnenvoer 30,
B- 3000 Leuven
Phone : +32-16/29 44 88    
Email : tourismus@leuven.be
Website: http://www.leuven.be

The Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis (Dutch: Kruidtuin) is the oldest botanical garden of Belgium, dating from 1738. It is situated in the centre of Leuven. 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.

Opening hours :
October - April : 08:00-17:00
May-Sept : 08:00-20:00
on Sundays and public holidays the garden opens at 09:00.

Offer :
A costfree tour for groups of 10-30 persons guided by gardeners is possible if appointed two weeks in before.

Dimension : 2,2 ha


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