5 Places in Europe to Enjoy the Cherry Blossom
Cherry blossom in Europe: You don't need to travel to Japan to experience a sea of cherry trees in full bloom.
23 March 2023
Probably the most beautiful messenger of spring: cherry blossom. The German city of Bonn is in no way inferior to Japan and parts of the old town of Bonn are transformed into a pink tunnel of unique blossoms. The Japanese trees responsible for this spectacle are called "Prunus serrulata". Around 60 of these Japanese carnation cherry trees are waiting to be admired in Heerstraße alone. The Department of Urban Greenery takes care of the more than 300 ornamental cherries. Anyone who wants to marvel at the pink sea of ornamental cherries and take a photo or two can best do so between the end of March and mid-April. Of course, depending on the weather conditions.
That the Netherlands is known as the land of flowers is nothing new. But in this case, the protagonists are not colorful tulips, but pink cherry blossoms. In Bloesempark in Amsterdamse Bos, there are more than 400 cherry trees that come together between March and April to form a carpet of blossoms. Whether during a good book, a romantic walk or a small picnic, the sea of blossoms, which unfortunately only lasts for a short time, immerses Amsterdam every spring in a unique ambience. Once a year, the park also hosts the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami Matsuri), with vendors that offer, among other things, authentic Japanese street food.
Sweden's capital Stockholm also attracts visitors with its pink-red spring flowers between March and April. At this time, the Japanese cherry trees in Kungsträdgården (King's Garden), one of the city's oldest parks, are in full bloom and attract tourists from all over the world. Concerts, art exhibitions and festivals are held here regularly, making it the perfect destination, especially as temperatures get warmer. Surrounded by cute cafes and great restaurants, you can spend an exuberant day in the splendor of the cherry blossoms right in the center of Stockholm.
Precisely because the cherry blossom season passes as quickly as it came, a quick short trip within Europe is the way to go to admire them. In this sense, the British capital London also delights every spring. Whether walking through Notting Hill or through the pink avenue in Greenwich Park, the pink splendor can be admired in many places in London. A special highlight, however, is a visit to Kew Gardens during the sakura season, because during the cherry blossom season, the botanical garden promises a great view of the lush pink blossoms around the "Cherry Walk".
A true tribute: to commemorate the 100th birthday of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, more than 200 Japanese cherry trees were planted in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 2021. This gift from the Japanese government is dedicated to the man who saved about 6,000 Jews from Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Since then, a veritable sea of blossoms can be admired at Sakura Park, which was planted next to the National Art Gallery.