It may come as a surprise that Amsterdam has flowers other than tulips. Yet it's true. The city hosts many cherry blossom festivals, and the best time for sakura-blossom tourism in Amsterdam is mid-March through early April. The trees are in full bloom during this season, allowing you to get the best experience. Here are some must-visit sites for you to consider.
Kersenbloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park)
Although with the advent of spring, you can find cherry blossom trees pretty much everywhere in the Netherlands, the ultimate place for it is Kersenbloesempark (Cherry Blossom Park). It is located in Amstelveen, which is so close to Amsterdam that locals consider it to be a part of the city. Thanks to Japan gifting 400 sakuras to the Netherlands in 2000, we can now enjoy one of the finest cherry blossom festivals in the world. Bias aside, Kersenbloesempark is the place to visit if you want to get a full flower-blooming experience in Amsterdam.
This is the second-best place to relish cherry blossoms in Amsterdam. Here, you can enjoy an afternoon with your friends or family during a picnic under "the rain of blossom." So grab a blanket and your camera because you won't be able to resist taking pictures. The park also has a pool, which will most likely be closed due to cold weather, but you'll still enjoy the stunning landscape of Westerpark in its reflection.
Museumplein (Museum Square)
Museumplein is smaller than the previous destinations but still a gorgeous spot to visit if you're into cherry blossom fun. It hosts some of the most prominent galleries in Amsterdam (like the renowned Van Gogh museum), and during spring, their beauty is enhanced by jaw-dropping blossoming cherry trees. When in the area, be sure to visit the Rijksmuseumtuinen garden—in addition to gorgeous sakuras, it also boasts lots of art and greenery.
Whatever spot you choose, you'll love it. Amsterdam is gorgeous during the cherry blossom season, so make sure you book your accommodation in advance. Have a great time!