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Category: Botanical gardens, Local time: 00:55:52, Address: Kapucijnenvoer 30, 3000 Leuven, Belgium, Official WWW website:

Leuven Botanical Garden (also Kruidtuin, Hortus Botanicus Lovaniensis) is the oldest botanical garden in Belgium . It is situated in the city Leuven , in the Flemish Brabant region, about 25 km east of the capital city Brussels .


Leuven Botanical Garden was founded in 1738 in order to meet the needs of medical students at the Catholic University of Leuven. However, in a short time the garden premises were too small so in 1819 a new botanical garden was established. It was located at the premises of a ruined Capuchin monastery. Since 1835, the Leuven Botanical Garden has been the property of the city Leuven .

Development of the Garden

During the 20th century the garden was remodelled and extended. A new tropical greenhouse was established as well as a water garden and terrace gardens. More than 800 new trees and other plants were installed.

Practical Information

The Leuven Botanical Garden is open around the year, in winter till 5 pm., in summer until 8 pm. Admission is free.

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GPS: 50.8778, 4.6906
Altitude: 23 m
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Last update: 2012-10-19 19:44:47

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