8 Most Magical Places To Travel & See The Best Spring Blooms For The First Time
Here in the northern hemisphere you know it’s spring when days are getting longer, temperature getting warmer and you see flowers in bloom once again. Thousands of them blossom at this time and when you’re on a travel there’s no better way to celebrate this season than find yourself flower chasing in one of the world’s most magical places.
To walk on a field carpeted with flowers in spring is an incredible experience. From tulips to cherry blossoms then to pink moss and rhododendrons, they are a big magnet for travelers. If you’re on the lookout for the best place to go and see flowers in spring, here are some spots in the world that are famous for their beautiful blooms.
Sneak Among Hyacinths and Tulips In Lisse, The Netherlands
Home to around 7 million bulbs, Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, The Netherlands is one of the most magical places to travel and see spring blooms for the first time. Regarded as the Garden of Europe, the area has more than 800 varieties of tulips, carnations, hyacinths, lilies and roses. Beginning in mid-March up to May, this world’s largest garden receives about 2 million visitors from all over the world in a stretch of two weeks every year (except during the lock down period of the COVID-19 pandemic).
Catch Cherry Blossoms in Frankfurt, Germany
Germany may not likely a place that comes to the mind when we think of cherry blossoms. But in reality, this country has some phenomenal spots for these “noble” spring blooms such as in Frankfurt. Called “Kirschbluten” in German language, the brief but glorious cherry blossom period starts during the second half of March then reach to full bloom in up to 3 weeks.
A celebration of hope and renewal, cherry blossom season in Frankfurt is a sight to behold. These stunning trees are not in bloom for a long time thus make sure that you catch them while you can if you’re visiting the area.
Say Hello To Spring With Shibazakura (Pink Moss) In Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Spring in Japan is all about flowers and while we usually associate the season with sakura (cherry blossoms) and the purple wisteria, one of the country’s most famous blooms is the shibazakura or pink moss (moss phlox). In evocative pink, lavender and white that cover the earth like grass, there are several areas to enjoy fields of the lovely moss such as the Hokubo Undo Sports Park in Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
A flower to bask-in after the iconic sakura have dissipated in this country, the moss phlox is a 5-petaled flower that looks like the cherry blossoms and cover the ground, like a lawn or shiba in Japanese, so it’s named shibazakura. Usually they start thriving in mid-April and reaches to full bud at the end of the same month, so it’s the best time to say “hello” to spring, enjoy viewing them until May.
Hokubo Sports Park near Tokyo is built on a hillside where the shibazakura grow. At some parts of the slopes, baby blue eyes can also be spotted.
Stroll Around Diverse Blooms At Flor og Fjaere In Stavanger, Norway
It’s a tropical garden tucked at the small island of Soor-Hidle outside the city of Stavanger in Norway. A bucket list experience, Flor og Fjaere (or Flor & Fjaere) is a privately-owned family property where they built a cabin and planted a cottage garden in the 1960s.
This exotic garden grew in the ’80s to the ’90s until words about how beautiful this haven was had spread quickly like wildfire and became an instant spring attraction. You can get there via a boat then enjoy a stroll among the 50,000 various flowers and trees planted at Flor & Fjaere every year.
Wander “Lonely As A Cloud” Among Yellow Daffodils in Yorkshire, U.K.
With spring just around the corner, there are many reasons why you have to travel and enjoy budding flowers come alive. In the U.K., Yorkshire is one of the best places to see yellow daffodils, the “classic” spring flowers.
Yellow daffodils were once the inspiration for famous English poet William Wordsworth in his poem, Wandered Lonely As A Cloud. They grew wildly at All Saints Church where he tied the knot with his childhood friend Mary.
Tip-toe On Rapeseed Fields in Louping, China
Every spring season and as early as the months of February until March, the district of Louping in Kunming, China becomes very famous for its golden sea of rapeseed flowers. Rapeseed is the source of vegetable oil or more commonly, canola oil. They are cultivated as a crop but their bright yellow blooms attract visitors in
Rows of verdant mountains at the background perfectly contrast with the mind-blowing sea of yellow flowers await you when in Louping, China. And besides admiring the ocean of flowers, the Louping International Canola Flowers Festival is also held during this season where you’ll have the chance to watch art performances, painting exhibitions or take part in a marathon among the “yellow sea” of flowers.
Smell The Roses In Marrakesh, Morocco
Between April and mid-May, hidden in the Atlas Mountains of Marrakesh, Morocco is the Vallee des Roses (Valley of the Roses). In the small town of Kelaat M’Gouna in Dades Valley about 3,000-4,000 tons of Damask roses are collected to create rose oil and rose water. They are the important ingredients for the production of facial and hand creams, lotions, shampoos and perfumes.
A real sensory travel for you, the area is also home to a 3-day annual celebration devoted mainly for the successful harvest of the roses. Held usually in May when the flowers are in full bloom, it’s well worth taking your time to travel to Morocco in spring and smell its unique Damask rose.
Trek Among Rows Of Rhododendrons In Nepal
From March to early May, the woods in Nepal are flooded with scent of red and pink blooms of the ‘laligurans” (in Nepali) or rhododendrons. The most celebrated and tourist attraction of this country during spring, Nepal is the best country in the world to view these flowers on its hilly terrain. Beyond words, it has to be seen to be believed.
Considered as the national flower of Nepal, the rhododendron is believed by the locals to bring good luck and they use it during important ceremonies and religious festivals. They reckon that these flowers evoke strong feelings and think about them as blooms of unexpected secrets.
The Rhododendron Trek in Nepal allows you to explore the different species of the flower. And because of their enigmatic beauty, the walk will be one of the most romantic and blissful odyssey in your life.
Spring is indeed the best time to travel and see the flowers bloom again for the first time. Now that you had known the about the magical places in the world to see them, the decision is yours of where to go first. Whether they’re famous all-year round or just once in a season, these places reveal the utter beauty of nature that comes every
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How I wish to see the valley of roses but I am more curious to witness the cherry blossoms to bloom..