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.
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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You see, Düsseldorf is worth visiting year-round (my special tip is Christmas time). So what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip to Düsseldorf right now*!
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?
27 thoughts on “Sakura In Düsseldorf Or Where To Find The Best Spots To See Cherry Blossom”
This is very nice and very original post, thank you for that! I would go to Düsseldorf right away, however it is not quite possible right now, but I will save your post for later for sure! As I am based in the Czech republic, it is not so far from Prague:).
I like your website all over and wish you all the best!
I love cherry blossoms! I am sad that I wasn’t able to really get out and see them this year. But I;ll save this for next time! 🙂
I had no idea Dusseldorf had so many great places to see sakura! What beautiful photos!
I’ve been wanting to visit Dusseldorf and I’d love to plan a trip there during the cherry blossom season after reading your post. A highlight for me would surely be a lakeside stroll in Südpark. Thanks for the travel inspiration.
I love cherry blossoms, gutted I am missing them this year!
I never knew Dusseldorf has Cherry Blossoms. Thank you for a great post.
Oh wow, I have been to Dusseldorf but not during spring. I have no idea that the spring season is so beautiful there. Lovely post and great tips. Can’t wait to go there and see all cherry blossoming.
I would love to visit these spots, looks absolutely beautiful. Love your photos! 😁
Usually, when I think of cherry blossom season, the first place that comes to mind is Japan. However, Dusseldorf looks absolutely beautiful with all of those cherry blossoms!
I love this! What a beautiful post. I really hope to check those out someday.
Beautiful! I’ve been there several times already and truly love the city! Giving me a feeling of a good balance of modern life and layback style. Haven’t seen sakura season yet, but yeah, I hear that there is a big Japanese community in the city, which I’m not surprised about Japanese park and everything you mentioned! Thanks for sharing!
That looks amazing! I was just in Dusseldorf but missed the spring blossoms. I’ll have to come back for that on another visit.
It looks ridiculously pretty! I’ve never really seen cherry blossoms like this, just a little bit by accident near where I’ve lived 🙂
Oh wow I have to get ready for the blooming season in Germany as it might be my last Spring in the country before I move. This looks so beautiful, I had no idea there is such a big Japanese community in Düsseldorf! Checking the trains, I was never there haha. Thanks for this useful post, x
Katja, then you need to come around! There also other popular places for Cherry Blossom in Cologne, and Bonn you should check out! And if you´re in Düsseldorf, you need to check out the Japanese restaurant scene! Great food and not only Sushi!
Wow, looks beautiful! Didn’t know you could see sakura in Germany!
Oh yes, Maria, there are several locations where you can watch them! E.g. Cologne, Bonn is one of the most beautiful Cherry Blossom locations!
I always associate cherry blossoms with Japan! I’d never know you can see them in Germany. Good to know should I ever find myself in Düsseldorf
That´s true! Most people think of Japan when thinking of Cherry Blossom! That´s why it´s no surprise, that Düsseldorf is a hot spot! It´s the third biggest Japanese community in Europe!
I definitely want to go!
What are you waiting for, Sumaya? 😉
Loving all your cherry blossoms. Great article!
Thanks, a lot! Love them, too!
Cherry blossoms are my favorite. I mean they’re probably everyone’s but I just love them. We have a lot in Vancouver and people go nuts trying to get pictures. These look so beautiful too. Another place to hunt them out for sure
Haha, yes, it looks so beautiful! It was crazy how many people were “on the hunt” the day that I took those pictures! I love those blossoms, too!
This looks so beautiful. There are so many places to go see the cherry blossoms bloom, but I haven’t visited one yet! I have to change that! Thank you for sharing another place to add to my list!
I feel you! There are so many different locations also in my area, which I haven´t visited yet!