Visiting Amsterdam’s Cherry Blossom Park: What You Need to Know

Spring in Amsterdam is a magical time; we can feel how ready we all are for the sun to slowly come back and the days to get longer. For us, spring always starts with a visit to the Japanese cherry blossom park (Bloesempark) in the Amsterdamse Bos. We will provide you with all the information you need to know!

The Blossom park was created to provide a green escape for the Amsterdammers. The idea of planting cherry blossoms came from the close ties between Amsterdam and Japan. In the 1970s, the Japanese Women’s Club gifted a significant number of cherry blossom trees to Amsterdam as a symbol of friendship. These trees were planted in Amsterdamse Bos, creating a breathtaking display every spring. We’re all so happy with it! In our opinion it’s a must-vist if you can.

When to Expect the Blossoms

There are actually only 2-3 weeks a year that we can watch the beautiful 400 Japanese cherry blossom trees bloom! They usually bloom mid to late March, but the exact timing can vary based on weather conditions. This winter was quite mild, so the expectation is that you can see them from mid-March.

How to Get To the Cherry Blossom Park?

Getting to the Cherry Blossom Park is easy. Whether you choose to cycle, go by car or take public transport, the park is easily accessible from various parts of the city. We personally don’t recommend going by car, since it can be very crowded. It’s hard to find a parking spot. 

If you’d like to go by bike, we highly recommend it! The route is around 12.5 km and it’s a nice route. Simply use Google Maps and select the ‘bike’ option :). Don’t have a bike? Rent one here.

Amsterdam's cherry blossom park in full bloom

Best Time to Visit?

For the best experience, plan your visit during the peak bloom period in early April, typically lasting two weeks. If you can go on weekdays instead of weekends to avoid big crowds.

More places to see the blossoms in Amsterdam

Looking to see the cherry blossom trees in the city center? Go to:

  • Westerpark next to the ‘Spartelvijver’
  • Vondelpark
  • Museum Quarter

Check out our Ultimate Monthly Events Guide to find out all nice things to do this month! And you may also like to discover all our favorite hotspots around the city.

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