It is finally March, which means spring season is right at our doorstep. I love this time of the year! Visiting the Kersenbloesempark in Amstelveen has become an annual tradition of mine. I first stumbled across the park in complete awe back in 2014. I was so happy I had brought my camera along. I returned the next year in 2015 and the cherry blossoms were even better than before. I’m definitely going to try and go this year as well. I hope I can convince some of my friends to join me! If you will be visiting the Netherlands this April, keep reading! I will tell you exactly when the cherry trees blossom in Holland.
The Kersenbloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park) at the Amsterdamse Bos is the best place to see cherry trees blossom in Holland. The 400 sakura that trees stand at the Kersenbloesempark were gifted by the Japan’s Women’s Club (JWC) in 2000. The Kersenbloesempark was initially planted in celebration of 400 years of cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands. Amstelveen is home to a community of about 1700 Japanese expats, the largest Japanese diaspora in Europe.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Every year, a Cherry Blossom Festival or hanami matsuri (“flower viewing festival”) is held at the Kersenbloesempark, when it is customary to have picnics under the beautifully blooming trees. The Festival in Amstelveen is more of an exclusive event, so the best thing to do to just plan your very own ‘picnic festival’ somewhere in April and bring along some of your friends and/or family for a wonderful afternoon. If you are in the Amsterdam region, Westerpark also seems to be a nice location.
When Cherry Trees Blossom in Holland: The Best Time
The best time to go and see the cherry blossoms in Holland is probably early to mid-April. Of course, every year is different, so keep an eye on how the temperatures have been doing. In 2014, I visited the park on April 6 and in 2015 I visited on April 12. An Amstelveen news website already reported the first cherry blossom in February, so make sure to get to the park before mid-April. Possibly, the earlier in April, the better. Have fun!