Spring has sprung in Germany whilst I’m in rainy cold Cape Town I thought I’d share a few tips on how to beat the crowds and enjoy Bonn’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Every year around March or early April depending on when the trees in Bonn bloom the Cherry Blossom Festival is held. This year it’s being held on the 5th and 6th of April. These pretty pink trees were planted in the 80’s to help provide natural beauty to Bonn’s urban landscape. To find out more read my previous post here: https://nikkidiscovers.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/bonns-cherry-blossom-festival/
Get there early
This festival is crowded as the streets in the Old Town (Alstadt) of Bonn are narrow cobblestone pathways. There aren’t really meant to accommodate large crowds. I didn’t skip the crowds when I went but, I got there before it became difficult to walk around.
Use public transport
My friend Anastasia and I used the train to get to Bonn from Essen. Both of us lived in the same dorm building at the time. The walk from the train station to the festival was close by. You shouldn’t go by car as you can’t drive down the lane in any case. And Germany has a good public transport system.
Wear good shoes
Cobblestones and crowds aren’t the best combination. You could get away with wearing a boot with a chunky heal ladies. Stiletto heels are out of the running so to speak. You might get your heel stuck in the street opt for stylish comfort instead. Most people wore takkies (sneakers) or boots.
It’s still cold
Usually it’s still cold during the Cherry Blossom festival season. Don’t let the hype about spring fool you or the cherry spring time window displays in front of almost every store. The weather during spring in Bonn is fickle. Check the weather report repeatedly and take a warm jacket with you just in case.
Don’t damage the trees
I didn’t see anyone trying to climb a tree or trying to damage one. Whilst reading up on cherry blossom festivals I did read about how people do climb the trees in Washington DC during the cherry blossom fest over there. In Germany you will probably get swiftly fined for doing something like that.
Yet again charge your devices. The festival is the perfect time to take some of the best nature/urban shots. The blend of the Old Town buildings and natural pretty pink flowers of the cherry blossom trees suit each other perfectly. You will want to capture the moment. But, look up often.
Watch your head
Like I said before look up, cherry blossom trees hang low. This means you are likely to knock your head if you are tall. This is a problem I don’t deal with ever #shortgirlwin in this case. A branch won’t know me with my short legs.
Take a few photos
Try to take a few photos at different angles. One of the flowers super up close, one of yourself, of the crowd , of the Alstadt sign and of the sky peeking through the cherry blossom tree branches as they reach toward each other to form a natural archway.
Do check out the stalls
There are lots on offer and I bought a cute dress for 2 euros. No more needs to be said really but, yip there’s many bargains. Clothes, books, knick knacks, house items, food and drinks can all be bought at the stalls. Just remember to carry cash in smaller bills. German people don’t like giving out lots of change.
Skip it all together strange tip I know right. If you think about it the cherry blossom trees are still around after the festival. They also bloom before the festival. The streets are then clear. My friend Maria who lives in Bonn never knew about the Cherry Blossom Festival. She’s never been to it. Instead she intends to take photos of the trees just. She still hasn’t yet even though she’s been living there since 2016.
See the rest of Bonn
Whilst you are at the festival I highly recommend that you see at least a bit of Bonn. It’s town hall, main square, Mozart’s House and the Schloss Drachenburg which is a cute castle, are a few of the must sees. And if you are hungry and aren’t a fan of German food try Vapiano which is a Italian restaurant with a twist. You can see your food being prepared in front of you and most of the dishes can be customized.
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