It's the year 1990, and after decades of inner-German division, the Berlin Wall has been opened. The Japanese television station TV Asahi calls for a large-scale fundraising campaign to celebrate the reunification of Germany. Around one million euros will be raised, and by 2010, 10,000 Japanese ornamental cherry trees will be planted in particularly important places of division. Since then, pale pink cherry blossoms - called sakura - have adorned numerous parts of the capital and surrounding areas every year, celebrating the arrival of spring with the Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival.
Our seven tours will take you to the historical sites along the former border strip, where you can marvel at the blossoming of the blossoms under brightly lit treetops from late March to late April. Visit the oldest cherry trees at the notorious agent exchange point at Glienicke Bridge, stroll among the 1,100 ornamental cherries in the TV Asahi Cherry Blossom Avenue on the outskirts of the city in Lichterfelde and admire the delicate sakuras in the lovingly designed gardens of the world in Marzahn or the trendy districts around Mauerpark and the East Side Gallery.
Just like the cherry trees, our tours are of course spread all over the city. So you are sure to find a hike very close to you and can admire the delicate blossoms in the spring sunshine.
For decades it was closed to private car traffic and was used to exchange top-class agents - the Glienicke Bridge between Berlin and Potsdam. It is no wonder that in 1990 it was precisely this symbolic place of division in Germany that was chosen to plant the first Japanese cherry trees on the bridge over the Havel. This varied tour between Wannsee, border strips and castles combines nature and history par excellence.Your journey through time starts at the Wannsee S-Bahn station (S7 & S10). After a few hundred meters you dive into the Düppeler Forest and follow soft hiking trails. It continues to the Wannsee bank. From here you have a great view of the architecturally extraordinary Heilandskirche on the other side of the Havel.At Glienicke Bridge you will now meet the oldest Japanese cherry trees, which with their delicate blossoms still celebrate German reunification every year. Past the hunting lodge, you cross the Teltow Canal, the banks of which accompany you to your destination at the Griebnitzsee S-Bahn station.
With around 1,100 large Japanese cherry trees, you can stroll along the Mauerweg in Lichterfelde over the longest cherry blossom route in Berlin. In mid to late April, the pink sea of flowers stretches further than the eye can see. The section along the former border strip was named "TV-Asahi cherry blossom avenue" in honor of a television station - it had realized the planting of the trees through a far-reaching donation campaign. The traditional Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival takes place here every year between late April and early May. In addition to this great blossom magic, you will follow Otto Lilienthal's traces on this hike.Your tour starts at Teltow Stadt S-Bahn station (S25 & S26). The hike takes you out of Teltow along the banks of the Teltow Canal. Here you are already on a section of the Wall Trail. You follow this with a dangling to the right and walk past quiet single-family houses. Once you have crossed the Ostpreußendamm, the sight of hundreds of fine cherry trees captivates you. You can decide whether you prefer to walk on the well-developed Wall Path or on a narrow path directly under the picturesque flowers. At the Japan corner, you turn left and stroll past wide fields where a different plant variety is grown each year.With the Trümmerberg Lichterfelde you can expect a short climb and a view of the Berlin district on the outskirts. We continue to Lilienthalpark. On the flying mountain you can imagine how Otto Lilienthal once made the first bold flight attempts. The blooming cherry trees that you find here were only planted much later. From here the tour takes you to the S-Bahn station Lichterfelde Süd, where you start your journey home.
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Wide country lanes, golden ears and a few pink spots in between - in the Northeast Landscape Park you leave the city far behind. In April, the idyllic landscape is adorned by around 1,400 Japanese cherry trees, which are in full bloom at that time. This extensive tour takes you to the gates of Berlin in addition to the flowers, to picturesque waters and with the Ahrensfeld mountain in the so-called "Eastern Alps".You start at the S-Bahn station Wartenberg (S75). A small dangle takes you to the quiet shores of Lake Malchower. If you want to keep the tour shorter, just walk straight north towards the landscape park. On the outskirts of Berlin, bright cherry tree crowns are waiting to be admired by you, then you leave the city further behind and dive into the fields.In an arc you stroll to Ahrensfelde and climb the mountain of the same name with a wonderful view of the landscape. After the descent, go along the Wuhle to the Wuhletal S-Bahn station and back home.
Centrally located in the heart of Berlin, on the district border between Pankow and Wedding, 120 carefully lined cherry trees adorn the avenue on the Bürgerpark. Between the cemetery and the street, a small path leads you under the proud pink tree tops. You can also take a detour to the game reserve in the Rehberge public park and natural idyll on Plötzensee.It starts at the Wollankstraße S-Bahn station (S1, S25 & S26), where you start your tour towards Bürgerpark. The picturesque cherry blossom avenue is not long in coming, you can stroll under a colorful canopy of leaves. On Copenhagener Straße you leave the green belt of the former border strip and hike through parks and gardens.Lively wild boars and curious mouflons are waiting for you in the game reserve of the Rehberge public park. If you have dealt with them sufficiently, the path leads you along Plötzensee to the Westhafen S-Bahn station, where the tour ends.
On this relaxed hike, three beautiful locations with cherry blossom magic await you. Well hidden in the middle of the Kungerkiezes in Alt-Treptow you walk along the former border strip through a small, nameless park with delicate pink glowing tree tops. On the Landwehr Canal, you can make yourself comfortable on a blanket directly under one of the 45 blossoming cherry trees while happy strollers pass by. At the end of the largest open-air gallery - the East Side Gallery - you will come across the last 79 trees that were planted as part of the fundraising campaign for reunification.You start your tour at the centrally located S-Bahn station Treptower Park (S8, S85, S9 & Ringbahn). If you want, you can stroll through the park and discover spring flowers before you make your way to the neighborhood. From Alt-Treptow it goes to the district boundary of Neukölln and along the banks of the Landwehr Canal, which takes you to Lohmühlenplatz.Once you have had enough of the cherry trees, follow the route towards Friedrichshain. Marvel at the artistically painted pieces of wall along the East Side Gallery that accompany you to the young cherry trees in East Side Park on the Spree. It is not far from here to the Ostbahnhof, the destination of the tour.
A thriving meeting of the scene awaits you on this tour to the former border strip in Pankow. Near the historic square of November 9, 1989, you can stroll along Bornholmer Strasse under the soft pink flower roof of 215 Japanese cherry trees. Spring is within reach here. In the Mauerpark you can relax or go bargain hunting.It starts at the Bornholmer Straße S-Bahn station (S1, S2, S25 & S26). On the border between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding you walk through a unique avenue of cherry trees. The trees are close together here. When you get to the end, turn into an allotment garden and then walk south through the Arnimkiez. With the Mauerpark you reach the southernmost point of your tour.You will return to your starting point via the Schwedter Steg. From time to time romantic cherry blossoms still flash here and in the distance you can spot the imposing Berlin TV tower before you reach the starting point of your tour again.
The Gardens of the World in Marzahn are the ideal place in Berlin to experience Hanami. In the lovingly created Japanese Zen garden you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossom from wooden benches next to idyllic rippling rivers. 63 cherry trees bloom here in April in the most beautiful pastel shades. Just a stone's throw away you will find garden art from all over the world such as the water lily pond of the Chinese garden, or the water features in the oriental garden. If you want to see the wonderful garden from above, you can leisurely float up the Kienberg with the cable car or climb the “Wolkenhain” lookout tower.The tour starts at Wuhletal S-Bahn station (S5). There you will find the Wuhletal with its ponds and reeds. You walk past the Kaulsdorfer ponds and can watch birds from the Wuhle bridges, which are native to the wetland.You arrive at the Kienberg with its cable car at the south entrance of the Gardens of the World. Take all the time in the world to explore the variety of gardens and plants. For a long break, you will find various cozy cafes. After your visit, you will return to the Wuhletal S-Bahn station at the Wuhle.