Sakura In Düsseldorf Or Where To Find The Best Spots To See Cherry Blossom
It is time again! The time that I want to discover another side of my current home base, Düsseldorf! It is Springtime as well! And if you know that Düsseldorf is home of approx 6500 Japanese and, because of that, it is Europe´s third-biggest Japanese Community; it is a must-do to experience Sakura in Düsseldorf. That means, on a wonderfully warm and sunny weekend at the beginning of Spring, I got outside and tried to discover where to find the best spots to see Cherry Blossom in Düsseldorf. So, follow me and explore these beautiful and almost magical “Sakura”!
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Sakura In Düsseldorf
Sakura is the Japanese word for the Japanese flowering cherry trees. As Düsseldorf has one of the most significant Japanese communities in Europe, it is no wonder that you can find a couple of places where you can see those cherry trees.
When To See Cherry Blossom In Düsseldorf
Usually, it is some time between April and May, that you can see these Japanese cherry trees in its full bloom. In 2019, we have a pretty unusually warm January, and Spring began early, so at some places, the trees start flowering mid of March already. Just in front of the balcony of my apartment, I could see a cherry tree blooming from the beginning of March. However, do not expect to see the blossom earlier than April (usually – greetings from global warming !?).
Hanami Festival In Düsseldorf
Of course, these beautiful trees need to be celebrated. Hanami is an ancient Japanese tradition to enjoy the blooming of the cherry trees (Sakura). In Japan, people usually go outside in parks or wherever else throughout the countryside in Japan. They celebrate with friends and family, or even with their co-workers having a picnic to enjoy cherry blossom.
There are also some more or less official Hanami parties. People meet up and have their picnics at the most popular spots to watch cherry blossom. The Japanese celebrate Hanami more in a traditional way; other people dress up in Cosplay costumes or Kimonos and have their vision of a Hanami festival. No matter how the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy it!
Where to find the best spots for Cherry Blossom
And now, come to the more essential facts. Where to find the best spots to see cherry blossom in Düsseldorf.
1. EKÖ-House of Japanese Culture
The most popular location is the EKÖ-House of Japanese culture. This place of cultural exchange between East and West allows both: Japanese citizens can cultivate their traditions and locals have the opportunity to take part in it. The grounds consist of a Buddhist temple, by the way, the only Japanese one in Europe), a Japanese garden and a traditional house with a tea room. Also, a library and an international kindergarten are part of the EKÖ-House.
The highlights of a visit is a huge cherry tree in front of the temple and an alley of Yoshino cherry trees, which leads to the entrance of the Japanese garden.
Address: EKŌ-Haus der Japanischen Kultur e.V., Brüggener Weg 6, 40547 Düsseldorf
2. Japanese Garden at Nordpark
The next location of our Cherry Blossom tour through Düsseldorf is the Japanese Garden at the north-west corner of the “Nordpark” (Northern Park). There you can find traditional elements of Japanese horticulture. The most trees are pines and Japanese maples, but there are also quite a few cherry and almond trees and other beautiful white and rose-colored trees. (to be honest, I have no clue if this one below is a cherry tree, but it is lovely anyway. 😉)
It seems that this area is also pretty popular for Cosplay fans, who dress up and have photo-sessions in front of the trees and the pond.
Address: Japanese Garden, Kaiserswerther Str. 380, 40474 Düsseldorf
Here comes my favorite place; the Südpark (Southern Park). In front of the “Deichsee” (Deich-Lake) on the side of the Kölner Landstraße, there is an entire alley of cherry trees, and it is close to my home. Another fact, why it is my favorite! To see these full blooming cherry trees is just a kind of magic!
Address: Südpark, Werstener Str., 40225 Düsseldorf (walk around the lake, and you will find the cherry trees)
Both the location and the cherry trees are still very young. In 2013, the so-called Kö-Bogen was finished. Alongside the nearby pond, thirteen cherry trees were planted as a symbol of the Japanese-German friendship a few years later. They will need a couple of more years to grow and get a gorgeous bloom as the other cherry trees in the Southern and Northern Park. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic location to sit under the cherry blossom during lunchtime or when you have a break from shopping.
Address: Kö-Bogen, Königsallee 2, 40212 Düsseldorf
5. Other places which I have heard of
A few more places, which I would like to mention but I have not visited yet are the Botanical Gardens at Heinrich-Heine-University and the Rheingärtchen in Pempelfort. I will see if I can check out these locations, too, and will let you know as soon as possible if they are worth to visit.
My Two Cents Of Cherry Blossom In Düsseldorf
Cherry blossom in Düsseldorf is a pretty day trip activity. If you want to see all of them and have a picnic here and a photo session there and want to see all those places, then it might be better to plan an entire weekend.
Düsseldorf itself has so much to offer besides these hot spots where you can see Cherry blossom, from (window) shopping at Königsallee, or a pub crawl through the old town, to discover the media harbor and have a walk alongside the river Rhine. But if you are around during that time anyway then go for it and explore all these beautiful places not only for the cherry trees but also for the other things you can do.
Just to give you some ideas. In the Southern Park, you can also find a petting zoo (not only kids will love it), several cafés and beer gardens, and a labyrinth. And everywhere you can sit down, relax and have a picnic.
The Northern Park offers a Japanese Garden, an Aquazoo, many beautiful arranged flower beds. Also part of the park is a huge green where people meet up for playing soccer, baseball, or cricket.
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And if you know more Cherry Blossom spots in Düsseldorf, please let me a hint in the comment section.
What do you think? Would you make a trip to Düsseldorf for Cherry Blossom Season?