In Amsterdam, tulips are definitely our thing, but we also have an abundance of breathtaking cherry blossom trees. They lift the spirits and remind us that, after a string of lockdowns and curfews, spring is here and there is so much beauty to be admired in Amsterdam’s streets and green spaces.
1. Amsterdamse Bos
There are over 400 cherry trees in Amsterdamse Bos, donated to Amsterdam by the Japanese Women’s Club in 2000. Each and every one of the trees has a name, and this amazing park has to be the best spots in Amsterdam to see the gorgeous cherry blossom.
Westerpark is another perfect spot for a lovely afternoon stroll. You can sit beneath the cherry blossom too, here. Just try to remember your allergy pills!
Just outside the Van Gogh Museum you can find several charming cherry trees. Van Gogh himself famously painted almond blossom (see the image above), so it’s fitting that this gorgeous museum has its very own patch of blossom trees just outside.
4. Jozef Israelkade (De Pijp)
De Pijp abounds with beautiful cherry blossom, and arguably the best place to see it is alongside this lovely canal. It’s lined with blooming cherry trees and makes for such a lovely place to sit and enjoy nature.
5. Rijksmuseum Garden
The Rijksmuseum garden is completely free to enter and it’s well worth visiting in any season. You can wander around, take photos and enjoy this quintessentially Amsterdam spot.
6. De Hortus
Last spring it wasn’t possible to visit De Hortus so this year we’re going to be there as much as possible. You might not see cherry blossom but you will see some stunning white blossom from trees endemic to Spain.