It’s bloomin’ beautiful.
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, although we are still under lockdown and curfew, Spring is here and there is so much beauty to be admired in Amsterdam’s streets and green spaces. Ordinarily, we would list the Hotus Botanicus here, but it is not open to the public this year. We hope that next year we can include all of Amsterdam’s lovely cherry blossom spots on our list, but here we have only included areas that are accessible to the public, or which are visible from outside of premises that are not currently accessible.
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 spot in Amsterdam to see the gorgeous cherry blossom. The trees are in bloom right now, so it’s the perfect time to visit.
Also in bloom right now are the cherry blossom trees in Westerpark, and it’s the perfect place 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 is currently closed until 20 April, but you can generally see the cherry blossom through the fence without having to enter the premises. We know, it’s not perfect, but better times are coming.