Yes, you read that right! Although tulips are a flower that is associated with the Netherlands, they share the spotlightwith cherry blossoms each spring. Cherry blossom season is a magical time of year in the Netherlands, with its vibrantpink and white flowers painting the landscape in a beautiful display of springtime colour.
This short-lived season, lasting only a few weeks from the middle of March to the end of April, is a much-anticipatedevent for both residents and visitors alike. Here are some of the best places to find cherry blossom trees in the Netherlands.
Kersenbloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park)
The ultimate place to take in the beauty of the cherry blossoms is Kersenbloesempark, located in the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest.) There are 400 sakura trees in this park, given to the Netherlands by Japan in 2000. It’s a great placeto take Instagram-worthy photos, have a picnic, and take in the blossoms. It is a very busy place, so to avoid the most crowds, get there early!
Museumplein (Museum Square)
Although much smaller than Kersenbloesempark, Museumplein is still a beautiful spot to take in the cherry blossoms. The famous Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are highlighted in gorgeous pink and white petals. Make sure to spend some time in the Rijksmuseum Gardens, which is filled with greenery and other blooms.
If you’d like to visit cherry blossoms outside of Amsterdam, you’re in luck! In The Hague, you’ll find cherry blossoms along Bankastraat, Prins Hendrikplein, and near the Peace Palace. In Rotterdam, Stantensingel in Rotterdam-Blijdorp or the area near the Euromast are the places to check out. In Utrecht’s Valkstraat Park you can also see them. In Eijsden,you’ll find cherry blossoms near Eijsden Castle.
The Netherlands is a great place to see cherry blossom trees, with numerous parks and gardens offering breathtaking displays of pink and white during the spring months. So grab your camera, plan a visit, and experience the magic of the Dutch cherry blossom season for yourself!
Written by Tracey Martin