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. Honestly, I was so happy I 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. Hopefully 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 (and where to find the prettiest petals).
A Sea of Pink Petals: When Cherry Trees Blossom in Holland
The Kersenbloesempark in Amstelveen
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 a gift from 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.
Hanami Matsuri is the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Every year, there is a Cherry Blossom Festival or hanami matsuri (“flower viewing festival”) 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 To Go
Most years, the best time to go and see the cherry blossoms in Holland is 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. A few years back, an Amstelveen news website already reported the first cherry blossom in February, so make sure check if you need to get to the park before mid-April. Possibly, the earlier in April, the better.
Cherry Blossom Season 2018
2018 Update: This year is a bit of an odd one out, since the winter storms seems to have delayed the start of the spring season by several weeks. My 2018 cherry blossom prognosis right now would be to aim for mid April. It’s currently late March, and there are no blossoms in sight just yet.