The cherry blossom (sakura), the national flower of Japan, symbolizes clouds in Japanese culture due to the way they bloom all at once. That makes for an incredibly beautiful and sadly short flowering season; all the more reason to go see it while it’s happening. The concept of “Hanami” means to enjoy the ephemeral nature of flowers, usually by sitting underneath the trees and/or having a picnic. Cherry blossoms have flourished in the Northern hemisphere and we’re lucky that we have quite a few spots to view these gorgeous blooms. All these spots are free to enter.
This is far-and-away Copenhagen’s most popular spot to see the sakura. Don’t be surprised to see hordes of people snapping pics and walking along the carpet of pretty pink petals under a canopy of flowers. If you’d rather miss the bulk of the crowds, try going early in the morning and/or on a weekday. Be sure to check out Grundtvigs Kirke, both the church grounds and interior, for its stunning architecture.
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The fact that this park is on the water makes the scene particularly idyllic. These cherry blossoms peak a bit later than than those at Bispebjerg and the annual Sakura Festival is held on the grounds. You can view the sakura from afar from a boat (the canal tours will pass them) or walk in the park to get up close.
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Though you won’t find the same wall-to-wall style blossoms as in Bispebjerg or Langelinie, but there are trees mostly near the Nørreport entrance that look absolutely stunning in bloom, along with the rest of the vegetation there. Afterwards you can pop into the Palmehuset (palm house) for some tropical air and a walk amongst the tree tops.
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Other locations where you might spot some beautiful pink cherry blossoms in Copenhagen include:
- Islands Brygge
- Halmtorvet, Vesterbro
- Botanical garden