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Cherry blossoms love in Bonn

Cherry blossoms love in Bonn

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

Feel something going pitter patter? That’s your heart, silly! 

“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” Plato once said. Don’t agree? Luckily, we have real poets (and musicians and artists and philosophers) to put this elusive and complex feeling into words.

We continue to celebrate love and the beautiful season of spring with the 2nd post on the fabulous series dedicated to Valentines Day.

Flower power of Srinagar – Recommended Read on the 1st post of Valentine Day series

Spring officially brings an end to the winter and the whole planet comes alive again. Sun shines more boldly, trees sprout faintest twinges of green and the earth looks pretty and happy. Pleasant vibes fill the air and people in general start emerging from the winter gloom. It is the season of flowers and the earliest blossoms push through the earth in brave beautiful clumps. Generally 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.

This winter had been very hard for me and I had hated every second of its dark, brooding moodiness. Rain, dimness and cold had nearly withered the life out of me and more than once I had considered running away from it all. Spring, thus had been a huge welcome change and with the season I had blossomed into life once again. The sight of green leaves in the trees in the streets had eased away my blues and the neighbourhood church steeple glittering against a sunny sky had lifted my spirit.  Birds had started visiting my windowsill again and my potted tropical plants had come out with musky flowers. It had been just too beautiful to stay at home and so on one fine morning, I had found myself heading for Bonn. Located around 40 minutes away by train from Cologne, Bonn is my favourite city in Germany and I love its preserved neo classical buildings and the vibrant cosmopolitan crowd. It’s pace too is very relaxing and the lovely town on the Rhine makes a perfect day trip from Cologne, the city where I am presently staying. An erstwhile capital of west Germany, Bonn’s prettiness lies in its rows of pastel coloured mansions, the preserved Old Town and the famous Heerstrase in spring.

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Experience a tunnel of pink
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And showers of rain
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Of Bonn’s cherry blossoms

Located in the stylish Nordstadt neighbourhood just a few minutes away from the famous Beethoven’s House, Heerstrasse is also known as the Cherry Blossom Avenue and every spring the picturesque lane becomes a tunnel of pink. Rows of blooming ornamental Japanese cherry trees which had been planted in the 1980’s create this striking sight and every spring it becomes a major tourist attraction. Bonn is a very picturesque city on its own right and the romantic historic old center is very popular among tourists, even without the pink flowering cherry trees. The old city, complete with cast-iron lanterns, cobblestones, 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 more prettier and the scattered pink petals carpet the romantic cobblestone avenue.

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It had been a bit cold, the day I had visited the Cherry Blossom Avenue and chilly winds had made the petals fall like an incessant pink rain. Occasional drizzles had splattered too and Bonn had been experiencing a moody spring day. The fluffy cherry blossoms however had been in robust bloom and crowd had thronged the avenue, despite the cold. Complete with a quirky flea market, buskers, live bands and humming ice cream shops, Heerstrasse had been a really fun place to be. Each year cherry trees in Bonn start blooming around mid April for about two to three weeks and the first blossoms to 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 cherry blossom Festival and refreshments and knickknacks stands line the cobble stone 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.

Recommended Read : Singapore birds and orchids

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

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Bonn is a picturesque
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And the spring blue days make it lovelier
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Brighter days bring about
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Smiles, fun
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Blue skies and
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An iconic pink tunnel
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The Old City takes
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On an intense pink hue
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And for a few weeks
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The grand city of Bonn
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Drowns in festivities



About the author

Hi! I am Svetlana, a cloud gypsy, a story teller and a Maverickbird. A mother, writer, entrepreneur, traveler, foodie and an animal lover, I am a Super girl from India.


  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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