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Bonn Cherry Blossom love

Bonn Cherry Blossom love

Europe, Germany, Outside India, Photo Essays, Travel Extras

Spring officially brings an end to the winter and the whole planet comes alive again. The sun shines more boldly, trees sprout faintest twinges of green, and the earth looks pretty and happy. Pleasant vibes fill the air, and people start emerging from the winter gloom. It is the season of flowers and the earliest blossoms push through the earth in brave beautiful clumps. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year and irrespective of the location, every place on earth looks soul soothing in spring. In this series dedicated to spring, I have shared beautiful floral locations from across the world. There was the mind-blowing Red Lotus Sea in Thailand, the beautiful Srinagar Tulip Festival in India, and the elusive, yet astonishingly gorgeous Hallerbos Blue Forest in Belgium. As you will notice, that my best memories of spring are associated with flowers and Bonn Cherry Blossom festival in Germany is one such event.

A day trip to the lovely Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival

That winter in Germany was very hard for me. Rain, dim weather, and cold nearly withered my life essence the life, and more than once I considered running away from it all. Spring, thus arrived as a welcome change and with the re-invigorating season, I blossomed into life once again. The sight of green leaves in the trees in the streets eased away my blues and the neighbourhood church steeple glittering against a sunny sky lifted my spirit.  Birds started visiting my windowsill again and my potted tropical plants came out with vivid flowers. It was just too beautiful to stay at home and so on one fine morning, I found myself heading for Bonn with Tarek. Located around 40 minutes away by train from Cologne, Bonn is my favourite city in Germany, after Munich and I love its preserved neoclassical buildings. Despite the vibrant cosmopolitan crowd, Bonn has a very relaxing and the lovely town on the Rhine makes a perfect day trip from Cologne. An erstwhile capital of West Germany, it’s prettiness lies in its rows of pastel coloured mansions, the preserved Old Town and the famous Heerstrase, which hosts the Bonn Cherry Blossom festival in spring.

Bonn cherry blossom flowering happens every spring
Every spring Bonn skies turn pink

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Heerstrasse, the venue of Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival

Located in the stylish Nordstadt neighbourhood just a few minutes away from the famous Beethoven’s House, Heerstrasse is also known as the Bonn Cherry Blossom Avenue. Every spring the picturesque lane becomes a tunnel of pink and rows of ornamental Japanese cherry trees which had been planted in the 1980’s burst out in flowers. They create a striking sight and Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival is a major yearly tourist attraction. Bonn is a very picturesque city in its own right and the romantic historic old center is very popular among the visitors, even without the pink flowering cherry trees. The old city, complete with cast-iron lanterns, cobblestoned lanes, and classical old buildings decorated with stucco comes alive on weekends with lively flea markets and crowds of strolling tourists throng the narrow lanes. With the cherry trees blossoming, the entire atmosphere gets, even prettier, and the scattered pink petals carpet the romantic cobblestone avenue.

Heerstrasse is famous for the pink tunnel during Bonn cherry blossom festival
Have you experienced a tunnel of pink flowers?

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Try a cherry blossom cocktail at Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival

It was quite cold, the day I visited Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival and gusts of chilly wind made the petals fall like an incessant pink rain. Occasional drizzles splattered too and Bonn was experiencing a moody spring day. The fluffy cherry blossoms, however, were robustly blooming and a thick crowd  thronged the avenue. Complete with a quirky flea market, buskers, live bands and humming ice cream shops, Heerstrasse was brimming with fun. Each year the cherry trees in Bonn start blooming around mid-April for about two to three weeks and the first blossoms that come out are the white ones in the Maxstrasse in mid-March. With the advent of warmer temperatures, the pink ones too start frothing in masses and people start signing up for historic guided tours to the French-inspired Old Town district in hordes. The celebration of Bonn’s cherry blossoms culminates in an annual festival called Altstadt (Bonn cherry blossom Festival) and refreshments and knickknacks booths line the cobblestone streets. In the Old Town, crowds jostle busily under the magical pink “ceiling” and the cherry blossom cocktail, which is made with real petals is one of the highlights of the event.

Bonn cherry blossoms are celebrated in a proper festival
The flea market in Bonn

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My opinion on Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival

Bonn’s pink season is truly magical. What begins with small buds, grow into light pink blossoms in the areas of the Altstadt before donning their typical, intensive pink hue. Thus it is no wonder that the Cherry Blossom Avenue of Bonn has been listed in travel guidebooks across the world as one of the Places to See Before You Die. Although not a great believer in ticking off bucket list, I had lusted after the Cherry Blossom Avenue for years and last spring had all been about Je ‘taime Bonn. Presenting Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival photo series.

Spring makes bonn cherry blossom trees burst out in flowers
Bonn is a picturesque city
Bonn spring is very famous for cherry blossoms
And spring makes it lovelier.
Heerstrasse in Bonn is full of flowering cherry trees
Brighter days bring about
Tourists throng to bonn cherry blossom festival
Happy smiling faces,
Buskers singing at Bonn Cherry blossom festival
And fun flea markets.
Beautiful historic town center of Bonn
The Old City of Bonn
the famous pink tunnel of bonn heerstrasse
Takes on an intense pink hue,
Cherry flowers cover Bonn during spring
And for a few weeks,
Bonn cherry blossom festival is a major tourist attraction
The grand city of Bonn
Bonn cherry blossom start blooming in mid april
Experiences rainshowers of pink cherry petals.



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  1. Brian Martin-Onraet
    May 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    How lovely. 🙂 Spring in Europe has been tardy at best. 🙁
    Your pictures truly express the explosion of Spring. Very nice.
    (I have a niece in Bonn. You might have crossed on the street)
    Take care

    • maverickbird
      May 13, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Thank you. I like Bonn and the flowering trees had made it all the more prettier. I may have crossed your niece on the street. The world is a very small place.

  2. Andrew
    May 13, 2016 at 4:39 am

    it’s like a little piece of Japan in the middle of Europe!

    • maverickbird
      May 13, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Yes it did feel like that

  3. Rajiv
    May 13, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Whoa! So very colorful!

    Lovely and fresh.


    • maverickbird
      May 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Thank you. Bonn Cherry Blossom Festival had been very beautiful.

  4. rupam { xhobdo }
    May 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Great post. Awesome photos.

  5. Archana Kapoor
    May 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    It’s so beautiful! How I love Cherry blossoms.. It’s one of the best things of being here in the US too… When the time arrives, the blooms make the place divine! 🙂

    • maverickbird
      May 13, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you. Spring is very beautiful here too. With the cherries blossoming, the whole country looked simply divine. At the moment, we have myrtle and lilac blooming like crazy and then it will be the lavender season.

  6. Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    May 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

    beautiful pics, loved reading it.

    • maverickbird
      May 17, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thank you. Bonn is a very pretty place.

  7. Paushali De Roy
    May 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I have such wonderful memories of Bonn and the Cherry Blossoms. Bonn, as a city, will always remain special for me. Thank you for putting up such lovely pictures. I still have friends there and would love to go back sometime soon 🙂

    • maverickbird
      May 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

      You are welcome Paushali. I am happy that you loved the photos.

  8. Animesh Bordoloi
    March 8, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I have never seen the blooming of Cherry Blossoms, so I can only imagine how beautiful it might look firsthand. That’s why I loved reading this post so much because it was like actually being there. I could feel the gloom in your words when you described winter, and from there you took me on a journey of how the scene changed with the onset of spring. It was bliss when the photos were unveiled in the end, and each photo had a story to tell too.
    I genuinely enjoy reading your posts. Keep blogging. Have a great day!

    • maverickbird
      March 9, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thank you very much Animesh. I am very happy that you enjoyed the post and experienced spring through my words. Best wishes for your blog.

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