Voted one of the most beautiful tree tunnels in the world…
Thank God Spring is here!
A while back, I clicked on this top ten list of most beautiful tree tunnels in the world and low and behold: Bonn, Germany (less than 2 hours from Dusseldorf) is on the list! Who doesn’t love a nice tree tunnel? These particular tree tunnels are only visible in their prime for about 2 weeks a year in the spring, which made me want to go even more!
I had been watching social media to know when the blooms would arrive. In early April, I saw all of these photos on Instagram with captions like “the cherry blossoms are back in Bonn!” and I believed it because I had seen a few trees blooming in Dusseldorf.
So I grabbed Lance and Molly and headed to Bonn. The side streets had bloomed in light pink, but alas the main streets with the great tunnels hadn’t bloomed yet! Those photos on Instagram were recycled photos from last year!
The blooms emerge at slightly different times every year and they only last a few weeks, so check for updates before you go.
To check to see if the blooms are actually out, I found this great site with daily updates as the time get’s close. Hopefully this keeps you from making the same mistake I made!
With this new knowledge of when the blooms explode into a pink canopy, I took myself (and Molly) back to Bonn a few weeks later. It takes about 2 hours to get there, so it was a bit of a hike for just a few hours of sight seeing, but it was totally worth it.
If you have the ticket 1000, you just need to buy an extra ticket to get to Bonn. I took the RE1 to Köln, then switched to the RE5 to Bonn Hbf. Then you can walk about 10 minutes to the main cherry blossom streets.
Head to Kölnstraβe and Heerstraße in Altstadt (the old town) for the best blooms!
Go early or on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
I meant to go early, but I made the mistake of sleeping in late. There were a ton of people walking, biking, taking selfies, and pretending to be professional models. So I recommend going early, embrace the happy crowds, or take a tripod and try out some night photography.
This time was a solo and a half journey (Molly and I), so I photographed, enjoyed the walk and then jetted out. But it would be nice to catch a seat at one of the outdoor cafes for some rosé (get it? ’cause it’s pink?) and some brunch if you have the time.
I could have spent all day roaming around Bonn. Hopefully I will have the chance to go back, but as it stands I’m quite happy with my zip of a trip to see one of the most beautiful tree tunnels in the world. It certainly didn’t disappoint!
Plus, I came away with a ton of great photos!