Though cherry blossoms are often associated with Japan, Budapest boasts its own stunning display of pale pink flowers. Here is where to catch them.

1. ELTE Botanical Gardens

First on our list is Budapest's oldest botanical garden, nestled in the heart of the 8th district. At ELTE Botanical Gardens you can not only feast your eyes on the pretty blossoms but also spread your picnic blanket beneath them. During the first two weekends of April (6th-7th and 13th-14th), additional activities are popping up too, giving you the chance to learn more about Japanese culture.

More details here (Hungairan only).

2. Tóth Árpád sétány – Buda Castle

Tóth Árpád sétány is undoubtedly the most picturesque promenade in Buda's Castle District, conveniently tucked away from the crowds. In April, it not only offers breathtaking views but also features a double row of cherry trees bursting with pink blossoms. It is idyllic and Instagram-friendly – not a spot to miss (take a sneak peek from last year here).

Tóth Árpád sétány can easily be accessed via the 'Bécsi kapu' entrance.

3. Buda Arboretum

Even more secluded are the cherry blossoms in the Buda Arboretum and the transport hub Móricz Zsigmond körtér. What's more, you can even admire pink blooms at the Lake Feneketlen – where a gigantic tree towers above you. But let's return to the Arboretum, where one of the most beautiful ornamental cherry trees resides. Found right behind one of the buildings, this short but extremely lush specimen blooms a little earlier than its peers, offering a fairy-tale-like sight in the sunshine. The best part? You can see it free of charge as there is no entry fee to the garden.

4. Japanese Garden in Zugló 

Nestled amidst the greenery of suburban Zugló, Hungary's first Japanese Garden stands as inviting and picturesque as ever. And what Japanese Garden would be complete without beautiful cherry trees? Celebrate the arrival of spring with the enchanting pink flowers on guided tours and immerse yourself in Japanese culture through various activities and even a market on April 20th.

The garden is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, find the location here.

+1 Vácrátót Arboretum (National Botanical Garden)

If you are up for a nature-filled day trip, hop on the train or bus and visit Vácrátót! Its 27-hectare park offers a magnificent landscape, complete with a stunning array of flowers and cherry trees. As you wander through the gardens, you'll be treated to a delightful display of various shades of pink and even pale green among them.

More details here.

(Cover photo: Sándor Csudai - We Love Budapest)