Six Places to Get Your Spring-Time Cherry Blossom Fix
It’s that time of the year again! The evenings are getting lighter, stepping out in “just” a light jacket is increasingly possible, and your Instagram feed is now a cascade of pictures of the pretty pink cherry blossoms.
Every year an increasing amount of Copenhageners flock to see the cherry blossoms that have just come into bloom. This year is the 10th year the city of Copenhagen is hosting the Copenhagen Sakura Festival in relation to this, on the 29th and the 30th of April.
The idea stems from Japanese tradition of Hanami. Hanami essentially refers to the appreciation of blossoming flowers, and often people will gather together with friends and family to go and see the blossoming trees, often with a picnic basket in their hands.
So whether you’re in need of some Hanami in your life, or just want to hop on the bandwagon of Instagramming pretty pink flowers, there’s no reason why you should miss out on the fun. Here’s six places to get your annual cherry blossom fix.
1. Bispeberg Cemetery
Without a doubt, the most famous of all the cherry blossom locations. Located in the north-west district of the city, this is where 99% of Copenhagen thinks of when it comes to cherry blossoms. If you don’t mind the crowds, you’re in for an amazing experience under a sky of pink. You can even avoid the heavy crowds by heading there on week-days, early in the mornings or when the sun isn’t shining. Pro tip: Cloudy grey skies make an excellent contrasting backdrop for the pink flowers. You can even combine your visit to Bispeberg Cemetery with a short stroll to Grundtvig Church, another amazing spot for taking beautiful pictures.
Address: Langeliniekaj 2, 2100 København
The long promenade along the water, leading up to the Little Mermaid is another place you’ll find the cherry blossoms. A little less crowded and venue for the Sakura Festival. These usually blossom a little later than the rest though.
3. Vestre Cemetary
Combine your journey to the cherry blossoms together with a trip to the Zoo! Another cemetery – Vestre Cemetery is located in Frederiksberg, as short distance from the Copenhagen Zoo and is one of the lesser known spots for the pretty pink flowers. Although the spread isn’t as grand as that in Bispeberg Cemetery, you’re almost guaranteed to avoid any crowds here.
Address: Halmtorvet, København V
A fourth place where the sea of pink is prominent is in Halmtorvet in the west of Copenhagen. Located conveniently close to the central station, the cherry blossoms at Halmtorvet are plenty, while the crowds are small! It’s also located just beside Kødbyen (Copenhagen’s Meat Packing District) – famous for their laid-back resturaunts and bars. It’d be a crime not to grab a bite to eat and a quick drink while you’re in the area.
Address: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V
As if you needed another reason to go to Tivoli, Copenhagen’s number one attraction. Tivoli has just reopened after winter and is now brimming with Spring-time decor, and ofcourse cherry blossoms. You’ll find these cherry blossoms by the Dragon Lake, in the China-Town part of Tivoli. Pink flowers, with small paddle-boats in the background – what more could you want for the perfect picture!
6. Botanical Gardens
And last but not least, if it’s flowers you want to see, why not give the Botanical Gardens a go? Lots of other beautiful flora will be in bloom alongside the cherry blossoms at this time of the year.