Cherry Blossoms in Berlin Germany

Cherry Blossoms in Berlin Germany

Cherry Blossoms in Berlin Germany

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

 

Cherry Blossoms detail in Berlin Germany

 

 

 

 

Cherry Blossoms and wild mustard plants in Berlin Germany

 

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.

 

 

Wild mustard fields on the outskirts of Berlin Germany

In the fields with cherry blossoms and wild mustard blooms

 

Spring blooms in Berlin Germany

 

 

 

Horseback riding on the outskirts of Berlin Germany

 

 

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.

 

Walking the dog on the outskirts of Berlin Germany

 

 

A memorial stone commemorating the planting and thanking the Sakura committee

 

Cherry Blossom placard on the outskirts of Berlin Germany

 

Entering the open mustard fields below

 

Cherry Blossom and mustard fields on the outskirts of Berlin Germany

 

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10 Responses to Cherry Blossoms in Berlin Germany

  1. Denis Gagnon March 25, 2016 at 12:35 am #

    I must admit that I never think of Berlin as having open fields! We are in cherry blossom bloom right now in Washington DC and I very much enjoyed your photos of the cherry blossom trees around Berlin!

  2. Irene S. Levine March 22, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Having lived in the Washington DC area, I fell in love with cherry blossoms. Now I realize you can find them in Germany too. Guess you just have to be there at the right time!

  3. Kristin Henning March 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

    What a great memorial to the reunification of Berlin. I knew nothing of the Japanese contribution to the planting of cherry trees. This is a wonderful reason visit in the springtime.

  4. Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty March 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    The cherry blossoms really are the most glorious colour, and combined with the yellow from the mustard fields – well, a photographer’s delight! The history of the Berlin cherry blossoms was also fascinating.

  5. Debbra Dunning Brouillette March 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I didn’t know that Japan gifted Berlin, Germany with thousands of cherry trees. It was fascinating learning the history surrounding the gift and, as always, I love your photography… even if the weather wasn’t ideal.

  6. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru March 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    This is just amazing. What a beautiful tribute to the reunification. The acres of mustard and the pink of the cherry blooms are a stunning spring combination!

  7. Rhonda Albom March 20, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    I had no idea there were cherry blossoms like this in Berlin. Absolutely beautiful.

  8. Kathryn Burrington March 19, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    What a wonderful tribute. I had no idea. They are so beautiful in their own right but even more so when you know the story behind them.

  9. Agness March 18, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    Wow, Berlin looks like Tokyo in spring! 🙂 Absolutely amazing. The pictures are also stunning and I wish Amsterdam was more like that …

  10. Hung Thai March 18, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Wow, 9000 trees. Do they have plans to plant more or do a similar thing elsewhere in Germany?

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