Amsterdam Cherry Blossom Festival

Amsterdam Cherry Blossom Festival

Mar 23, 2020Mar 31, 2020
Bloesempark, Amsterdam Forest
Amstelveen, Amsterdam

Due to the measures in place due to the coronavirus please check the official page of this event for any possible further details on cancellation / postponement.

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Amsterdam, with flowers and trees in bloom, from tulips to elm trees! The downside of the Amsterdam Cherry Blossom Festival is that it lasts such a short time and it’s over before you know it.

So, get out there and enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms while you can! Be on the lookout for cherry blossoms in any of the Dutch cities, but for the most special spring outing of all, don't miss the cherry blossoms at Bloesempark, a spectacular grove of cherry trees within the Amsterdam Forest.

Cherry Blossom season in Amsterdam

The best place to enjoy Cherry Blossom season in Amsterdam is at Bloesempark in Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos). These cherry trees were given as a gift to the city of Amsterdam by Japan in 2000. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom, also known as Japanese sakura, is a symbol of both new beginnings and the fragility of life.

The public is welcome to make the most of the blossoming trees in the park during the festival - weather permitting! Year after year, many people come to Bloesempark specially to sit under the trees and take it all in, snap some photos, have a picnic, or enjoy some food from the nearby festival tents and food stalls. The event is commonly frequented by expats from Japan and many other countries, locals, tourists, bloggers, photographers, instragrammers and families with kids.

Getting to Amsterdam Cherry Blossom Festival

Here are the directions to the park:

If you’re driving, take the A9 towards Amstelveen. There is free parking a short distance away from the Bloesempark. If you’re taking public transportation, take a bus to Amstelveen bus station or the bus stops Amstelveen Radhuis or Amstelveen Hueseplein and then walk for 10 minutes.

From the parking area on the north side of the lake known as De Poel, walk past the zipline cable towards a bicycle path leading to the bridge. After the bridge, follow the path on the left that leads to the bamboo bridge, which serves as the entrance to the park.

Flower events in spring in the Netherlands

If you love flowers, look out for other flower-related events in Amsterdam and its surrounding area. Tulip season lasts longer than cherry blossom season (the whole month of April, as well as a few weeks in both March and May.) 

Over 1,7 billion Dutch tulips are expected to brighten up homes around the world in 2020 during the tulip season, which lasts from January until the end of April, with events like Flower Parade of the Bulb Region, Amsterdam Tulip Festival and Tulip Festival of the North-East Polder and, of course, the world-famous Keukenhof.