Cherry Blossoms in Berlin – Germany
It seems like spring is starting to come out everywhere around the globe and beautiful cherry blossoms are starting to bloom in famous areas where they are celebrated including the Hanami festivals in Japan and the beautiful Cherry blossoms lining the monuments around Washington DC in the United States. But, little is known about the cherry blossoms in Berlin where they are planted all around the city and along the famous death strip in the city.
As a peaceful symbol to the uniting of both East and West Berlin, the cherry blossom trees were given as a dedication from the Japanese people to Berlin to celebrate peace, springtime and reuniting both the East and West sides of Berlin. Fortunately, the outskirts of the city border where open fields and beautiful park green belts are a haven from the urban sprawl, the grove below was planted into two rows to represent the real wall boundaries. Many other parts of the city have cherry blossoms blooming as part of this Sakura campaign in Berlin with Hanami celebrated in different areas of Berlin from March to April time frame. I only had a few days in Berlin and checked out most of these Berlin highlights there were recommended to me. In spite of the short time visiting the city, I actually enjoyed being more in the outskirts and also exploring Potsdam which was a short train ride from my friends house.
Photo highlights of cherry blossoms in Berlin
History of the Berlin cherry blossoms
Originally started through a TV program on the Japanese Asahi channel on the unification of Berlin, an open call for donations were made on the program to plant cherry trees in Berlin to mark this significant event. The Japanese people were fascinated by the unification of both sides of Berlin and contributed over a million dollars to plant over 9,000 trees over a span of twenty years from its first start in 1990 into different areas of the city. The first set of cherry blossoms were planted at Glienicker Brücke, which is a key symbol dividing and eventually reuniting the entire city of Berlin. Another large planting of over 1,100 trees were done at the former Totestreifen (death strip), this is the border of Teltow-Sigridshorst and Teltow-Seehof. Eventually the grove was renamed TV-Asahi- Kirshblutenallee for the TV program that started the campaign. Ever since that first planting, the Hanami blossoms are celebrated every year with picnics under the cherry blossoms and a special commemoration celebration done yearly. The cherry trees were eventually planted in different open areas of the city and in the city center to include: Landschaftspark Nord-Ost, at the border of Lichtenberg and Brandenburg, Lohmühlenbrücke – at the border of Alt-Treptow and Neukölln, Platz des 9 November and a variety of smaller plantings in parks, graveyards, senior centers and even child care centers.
In the fields with cherry blossoms and wild mustard blooms
Walking with my friend Christiane and her dog in the mustard fields
I was a little dismayed with my visit to Berlin and the miserable weather, but fortunately my friend Christiane (an elementary teacher in Berlin) coaxed me from my funk to take a walk with her and her dog, Monsieur Leon. Despite the gloomy weather it was nice being outdoors and in open fields enjoying the countryside, just on the outskirts of Berlin city limits. Fortunately, when she mentioned that there might be cherry blossoms in bloom at this time, my curiosity was peaked about this unusual occurrence and why there were so many cherry trees planted all over Berlin. This was a nice surprise and unexpected visit – I had changed my sour impressions of the city into something more meaningful and special. I also realized how much open areas and green spaces are available for Berliners to explore and get away from the urban jungle which is fantastic to discover in my visit.
A memorial stone commemorating the planting and thanking the Sakura committee
Entering the open mustard fields below
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