My time in the Dutch Arboretum Trompenburg botanical gardens was one of the most serene and peaceful moments I have experienced so far throughout my travel journey. The botanical garden is located in Rotterdam, Netherlands in the main city.
My experience of being in the Netherlands during the summer of 2018 really shaped my perspective on how life is so different in the United States versus in the Netherlands. Life just seemed a lot slower in the Netherlands and I was shocked by the number of individuals who rode their bicycles as a form of transportation. I loved the fact that people took the time to decompress and enjoy their surroundings and enjoy the Zen environment. My form of transportation of getting to the botanical gardens was by bike riding along with a friend. It was ultimately the true Dutch experience. Upon my arrival at the botanical garden, I made sure to have a slice of carrot cake with vanilla frosting on top while reading a French novel. Cakes can be bought in the main entrance of the botanical garden. The delicious cake options are located in the same place where you buy your entrance fees. There is a separate counter for purchasing tickets, and another part for buying desserts. For a small fee of 6.25 euros, visitors can discover what this magical place has to offer. Those that have Rotterdam passes can enter for free.
It is highly recommend to check out the variety of delicious cakes sold there, but be sure to return your dish when you’re finished! Make sure to also get a cup of tea especially on a colder day, chamomile is definitely my favorite. Arboretum Trompenburg is such a large place. When visiting the main entrance, you see only some parts of the garden. There are many benches in different parts of this garden, so it is super ideal for a lunch break or even a date! It is a big place, but there is a guided map to help you in case you get lost.
The Succulent and Cactus Greenhouse was one of my favorite spots when visiting this place! It’s almost as if you are entering a secret enchanted forest but of course in the Netherlands. There are so many different types of cacti in this greenhouse. That was the ultimate definition of self-care. Sometimes I close my eyes and envision all the wonderful smells and sounds I experienced in that magical place.
Overall, I really recommend visiting this place if you ever get the chance to visit Rotterdam in the Netherlands. For the true Dutch experience, ride your bike there and don’t forget to order a slice of cake and tea upon your arrival.