Travel: Holland – Groningen, Hortus Haren

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Last year in August, my husband and I went to Groningen for a couple of days. I have shared with you several posts about what we did those days, but I’ve got one more thing for you that’s definitely a must-see: Hortus Haren!

First of all I will give you the links on the travelposts I have written about our 3-day trip to the north of Holland in August 2017:

And now I add one more post, one about Hortus Haren, one of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in Holland, which is owned by Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Several gardens


Hortus Haren consists of several gardens. Not all gardens are already fully grown, but I can certainly recommend the ones I mention below!

The Chinese Garden


This one definitely was my favourite! The gardens of Suzhou in China are centuries old and served as an example for the Chinese garden in Hortus Haren.

The garden is designed in a way that every season makes it interesting to visit! You certainly have to experience this garden. There are several galeries, pavillions, winding paths,… to make it interesting for the visitor.

In the Chinese garden you can also find a Chinese tearoom. We didn’t go inside as we were short of time, but the exterior looked very promising!


The Celtic Garden


In the Celtic garden, elements of the old Celtic mythology are used. Nature and trees were very important for the Celts and in this garden, trees and shrubs are certainly omnipresent 🙂

This garden oozes calmness and you can almost feel the Celtic magic floating around!


Rock Garden


We also liked the rock garden. This garden looks like an alpine garden as it has narrow paths going up and down. It gives a beautiful view over the surrounding gardens and this garden has some lovely rock plants and herbal plants on show.

As we walked from garden to garden, we enjoyed the piece and quiet of nature before heading back into the hustle and bustle of the city!


Practical information


  • Location: Kerklaan 34, 9751 NN Haren. There is a big car park near Hortus Haren.
  • Entrance fee: the normal fee for an adult is 5 EUR (low season) or 8,50 EUR (high season). There are however various reductions possible. Check the website!
  • Website

Have you already visited Hortus Haren or another botanical garden? Let me know in the comments below!

(PS: do scroll all the way down as there are much more pics of the gardens!)

Love, Kathleen

Here you can read a post about some must-visit gardens in Europe!




























14 thoughts on “Travel: Holland – Groningen, Hortus Haren

    Sosi's Mom said:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    These photos are stunning!
    Fun read 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Tinu said:
    April 8, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Great post as usual.. You’re one of my favourite bloggers..

    Check out my new post.. Its on a lovely Ankara dress that can be worn to almost every occasion.

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Awww!!! Thank you so much for the lovely comment!!! It made my day 😀 will take a look at your post in an instant x


    Karalee said:
    April 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I definitely want to visit there & see the Chinese garden!

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      It was a delight to wander around in that garden. Thanks for your lovely comment! Love, Kathleen

      Liked by 1 person

    SimpleSerenity said:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful place, nature at it’s finest. Lovely photos as well. xx

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you! Loved this peaceful place on earth 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    Fatimah said:
    April 6, 2018 at 11:52 am

    What a beautiful place and you’ve captured it wonderfully! Each garden is so unique, I especially love the rock garden x


    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      So true! It was fabulous to walk around in this peaceful piece of nature 🙂


    Ann Ages Gracefully said:
    April 5, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    I have never been here, looks lovely

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 10:13 am

      It does. Some parts of the garden where not fully grown yet which was a bit of a pity, but the Chinese garden really was WOW!!


    englishwithkirsty said:
    April 5, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This sounds like somewhere that I would like to visit. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      kaybe610 responded:
      April 6, 2018 at 10:15 am

      It’s beautiful… especially the Chinese Garden was stunning!


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