Spring season is upon us and the cherry blossoms are going to be in full bloom! Cherry blossoms usually only last about 2 weeks at most, so you’ll have to plan your hanami picnic carefully. Do you live in Europe? Don’t sweat it, we’ll help you out by (randomly) listing 8 places in Europe to see the best cherry blossoms.
1. Paris, Fance: Champ de Mars
The Champ de Mars (Field of Mars) in Paris is a very large public park with the world-famous Eiffel Tower on its northwestern side. The blossoming cherry trees along the paths turn this place into an iconic spring scene. It’s never too late to book a last-minute city trip to Paris!
2. Extremadura, Spain: Jerte Valley
The Jerte Valley in the Extremadura Region of Spain transforms into a breathtaking sea of 2 million blossoming cherry trees. March is usually the best month to visit the valley, so put this one on your bucket list for spring season 2017.
3. Amsterdam/Amstelveen, Holland: Kersenbloesempark
The Kersenbloesempark in the Amterdamse Bos is definitely the best place in Holland to go see the cherry blossoms. The 400 sakura trees that stand at the Kersenbloesempark were gifted by the Japan’s Women’s Club (JWC) in 2000. The Kersenbloesempark was initially planted in celebration of 400 years of cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands. Amstelveen is home to a community of about 1700 Japanese expats, the largest Japanese diaspora in Europe.
4. Stockholm, Sweden: Kungsträdgården
Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården (King’s Tree Garden) is one of the best places in Sweden to see blooming cherry trees. Kungsträdgården is a popular park in central Stockholm and has about 63 cherry trees. You should definitely drop by and have a picnic if you happen to be nearby.
5. London, UK: Kew Gardens
London has several parks where you can admire the cherry blossoms, but Kew Gardens is probably the best of them all. Kew Gardens is the world’s largest collection of living plants. The cherry trees near the Temperate House are known to look pretty amazing during springtime.
6. Hasselt, Belgium: Japanese Garden
If you live in Belgium or Limburg, the Japanese Garden in Hasselt is a wonderful option to go see the cherry blossoms. The garden even owns a few koi carps. The garden is a result from a friendship between the cities of Hasselt and Itami.
7. Madrid, Spain: Parque Quinta de los Molinos
The Parque Quinta de los Molinos is a historic park in the eastern part of Madrid, Spain. The park is often named as being one of the best locations to see hundreds of blossoming cherry trees, although the majority of trees are actually almond trees. Nevertheless, the park is a fantastic spring location to have your picnic.
8. Bonn, Germany: Heerstrasse
Last but certainly not least: the Heerstrasse in Bonn, Germany. Often referred to as the ‘cherry blossom avenue’, the Heerstrasse in Bonn usually erupts into a sea of pink blossoms in April. If you’re around, the next few days will probably be the best time to go and check it out!
These are 8 great places to enjoy spring season in Europe. We haven’t listed locations for every country. Perhaps some of our European readers know about more great places to enjoy this year’s cherry blossom season? Do let us know in the comment section below.