Bonn is a wonderful little German city that has blessed the world with many a delightful thing: from Beethoven to gummy bears.
But come spring time, the starring attraction in Bonn becomes something more magical than even 250 year old musicians and addictive bear-shaped cavities.
Spring in Bonn means Cherry blossoms – pink, fluffy, cloud-like cherry blossoms, that cover swaths of the city center in a vibrant pink that sends tourists and locals alike into a frenzied photo spiral. No wonder it’s one of the best places to visit in Europe during Spring!
In this post, I’ll be sharing the best places in Bonn, Germany to find those photogenic cherry blossoms, and tips on how you, too, can froth at the mouth as you photograph them.
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A Brief History of Cherry Blossoms in Bonn
Bonn’s cherry blossoms were first planted in the late 80s as part of a city redevelopment program, and springtime tourism has been b(l)ooming steadily ever since…
Although the city itself credits this viral Facebook post with really skyrocketing Bonn’s cherry blossoms to international fame, there’s no doubt that the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms has helped throw fuel on this (very pink) fire.
The Best Time to Catch Bonn’s Cherry Blossoms
The cherry blossom season in Bonn usually goes from late March to mid-April, although this of course varies year by year.
And since Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes, there’s no easy way to predict the time at which cherry blossoms in Bonn will be in full bloom.
I was lucky enough to catch them at THE perfect time during my visit in 2019, and I went during the first week of April… but every year is different.
There are also a variety of different blossoms planted around the city that bloom at different times.
That said, if you’re flexible, there are a few tricks that you can use to determine the best time to visit.
First, Print & Paint is a local business on Breite Str that runs a really nice blog on the cherry blossoms in Bonn.
For the past few years, they’ve been sharing ‘progress pics’ throughout the season of the cherry blossoms on Heerstraße, so I would check there if you want up to date information for this year’s Bonn cherry blossoms.
Second, Instagram is always a good place to check. The general Bonn location tag would be a good bet if you don’t mind sifting through a sea of local selfies first.
To ensure you’re getting the most recent updates, make sure you click the “recent” tab, and preferably look at any live Stories that have been posted, which guarantees the content you see is from the past 24h.
Beware: Bonn’s cherry blossoms are a photographer favourite and every season inspires a lot of throwback photos from previous years, so don’t get too excited if you see a stunning photo of Bonn’s cherry blossoms in full bloom – check the caption first to see if they mention it’s an old photo.
90% of the time, it is! Looking for ‘regular’ posts (e.g. not professionally captured) is usually a better idea.
The Best Cherry Blossom Locations in Bonn
Alright, now let’s get to the most beautiful places in Bonn to find cherry blossoms. While social media might lead you to believe that there’s only one main cherry blossom street in Bonn to be found, there’s actually several locations to explore. Here are the best ones!
This is the #1 place in Bonn to find stunning cherry blossoms, and by far the most photographed.
The giant, cloud-like Kanzan cherry blossoms on this street typically bloom around mid-April, creating the illusion of a pink canopy covering the entire street.
The most gorgeous section of this street can be found on Heerstraße between Kölnstraße and Wolfstraße, although you’ll find plenty of blossoms to ogle all the way down this street, and its side streets.
According to the official Bonn website here, there are cherry blossom trees planted along all the following streets:
NOTE: On Maxstraße and Peterstraße in particular, you’ll find light pink Amanogawa cherry blossom trees, which are much narrower and more contained than the giant Kanzan blossoms you find nearby.
When on Heerstraße, make sure you get there EARLY – before 8am would be ideal to see it without any crowds. We intentionally booked a stay here, which was right across the street so we could go as early as possible. It was worth every penny!
Plus, after you’re done all your photos, you can relax with a tasty ice cream from Ciao Ciao (found on the corner of Heerstraße and Kölnstraße) while the crowds arrive:
Another wonderful place in Bonn to capture cherry blossom magic is Breite Str. This is another street where you’ll find the giant fluffy Kanzan cherry blossoms.
Odds are you’ve seen a photo of cherry blossoms engulfing a dark blue “Altstadt” sign, and Breite Str. is where you’ll find it! Specifically, it’s the point where Breite Str. meets Maxstraße where you’ll find this iconic cherry blossom spot.
PRO TIP: There’s a city administration building just west of Breite Str. & Maxstraße that has a raised square that provides this unique overlook of the Altstadt sign:
The Bonner Münster is a Roman Catholic Church in the heart of Bonn’s Old Town that just happens to be one of the oldest churches in the country. Come Spring time, it gets another brag-worthy perk: pretty pink cherry blossoms planted right in front of it!
This is definitely one gorgeous cherry blossom photo opportunity in Bonn that you don’t want to miss – capturing the church’s towering steeple with cherry blossoms in the foreground is definitely something special:
Sterntor (Stern Gate, AKA Star Gate!)
Speaking of historical monuments that get glammed up with cherry blossoms during Spring time, be sure to also visit the Sterntor in Bonn’s Old Town, a historic gate that was once part of the city’s fortifications in Medieval times.
While the gate you see today contains only pieces of the original (which was torn down in 1898!), the gate’s fairytale aesthetic is the perfect backdrop to another cherry blossom tree, and yes, it does look pretty magical:
Another place we spotted gorgeous blossoms was Friedrichstraße, specifically the portion of Friedrichstraße between Belderberg and Wenzelgasse.
This spot had some really pretty little bushels of blossoms which were gorgeous at golden hour:
Last but not least, for one of the most photogenic neighbourhoods in Bonn, make sure you head to the Bonner Südstadt (south of the city center), a district known for its delightful Wilhelminian-style architecture and streets of stately homes that have remain unscathed throughout periods of war and restoration.
In addition to lovely cherry blossoms, this beautiful neighbourhood has plenty of blooms of all kinds, with some of the prettiest backdrops you’ll find in the city.
A quick wander around and you’re sure to find plenty of photo opportunities like this:
What Cherry Blossoms Look Like in Bonn Right Now
As I mentioned above, the best way to get a current update on cherry blossoms in Bonn is to visit this blog here, which is maintained by a local business owner who posts frequent updates throughout the season.
Final Tips for Finding Cherry Blossoms in Bonn
Last but not least, here are some pearls of wisdom based on my (pretty much perfect) trip to see Bonn’s cherry blossoms:
1. Arrive early
Bonn’s cherry blossoms get more and more popular every year. If you are very keen to photograph these cherry blossom hotspots without seas of people, then you need to get up early.
2. Stay overnight
While a day trip to see Bonn’s cherry blossoms might seem tempting, I would recommend you stay the night to ensure that you can get up early to see the blossoms before everyone else. We stayed here, and it was literally right across the street from the main cherry blossom avenue!
3. Organize your cherry blossom sightseeing plan
I listed a bunch of locations above where you can find cherry blossoms in Bonn, but to make the most of your trip, I highly recommend you make a plan for the day.
You should definitely start your morning on Heerstraße and Breitstraße – these two are by far the busiest and most well-known spots. After that, conquering the Old Town might be a good idea, followed by less popular areas like Südtstadt during peak periods.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Bonn’s Cherry Blossoms!
Let me know in the comments if you have any more helpful tips or details I should add.