Do you plan to visit special Cherry Blossom Places? In Ratingen near Dusseldorf, three stunning and overlooked Cherry Blossom Spots are waiting for you to be admired.
Every year, people anticipate the depressed-looking winter mood to be replaced by the return of green. In between, nature delivers a colourful and gorgeous spectacle. An explosion of love and life – the bloom of spring.
In the German city Ratingen, nearby North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital city Dusseldorf, this natural event can be experienced in a spectacular and alternative way.
- About Ratingen
- Look up to the Cherry Blossom Sky in Ratingen Süd
- Mini Cherry Blossom Avenue in Ratingen’s Cromford Quarter
- The Cherry Blossom Highlight in Ratingen Tiefenbroich
- When to admire Cherry Blossoms in Ratingen?
Ratingen is a neighbour city of Dusseldorf and its older but smaller sibling. With over 90.000 inhabitants, it can be almost counted as a “large city” by German definition. Most importantly, Ratingen doesn’t have to hide behind its larger sibling Dusseldorf in terms of attractions.
Ratingen, intentionally or not, has got a wide range of natural attractions and can be seen as one of the greenest cities in North-Rhine Westphalia. In spring, however, the city becomes stunningly pink in some places.
To be precise, Ratingen offers three Cherry Blossom spots which, combined, are a great addition or alternative to Bonn’s Behemoth of Majestic Cherry Blossom Avenues. In this article, you get a deep insight into these three places.
Look up to the Cherry Blossom Sky in Ratingen Süd
The first place to spot splendid Cherry Blossom Vibes is located in Ratingen Süd. While it’s the narrowest place of those three, it has the largest….trees – cherry trees. Hence, the sky of cherry blossoms makes it a great spot for shootings from a looking-up angle.
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Mini Cherry Blossom Avenue in Ratingen’s Cromford Quarter
From the south, we do a jump to the northern part of the city, the Cromford quarter. Until the late seventies, Cromford was one important textile factory area in the region. Nowadays, the quarter became a beloved and calm residential area.
So, what might pimp up streets of such quarters? Right, cherry trees.
At Kleiststraße, a 100m long section has been gifted with up to 18 trees, forming a small avenue. If you want to play with light effects when taking pictures, I recommend visiting this spot during twilight and sunset.
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The Cherry Blossom Highlight in Ratingen Tiefenbroich
By now, the cherry tree cycle boosted constantly. However, it’s time to let it rocket.
Magical Cherry Blossom Avenue – Marienstraße
In Ratingen’s western ward “Tiefenbroich”, a 270-meter-long Cherry Blossom Avenue awaits you. While you might expect a similar scenery like in Cromford, this place goes beyond your expectations.
Cherry Blossoms featuring Ivy
One unique selling point for visiting Marienstraße is ivy. Three cherry trees have been conquered by ivy. This natural phenomenon makes those trees look like huge floristic bears with a green. Hence, the resulting play of colours between both pink cherry blossoms and green ivy is gorgeous.
But that was not all.
The Play of Contrasts – Pink Cherry Blossoms feat. Blue Sky
Another play of colours can be spotted under blue skies and sunshine. While we don’t tend to look up when visiting this kind of stuff, it’s time to change it, now. The sky’s saturated blue enhances a beautiful contrast when meeting pink cherry blossoms.
Thankfully, there is another striking element to be included in your photo motif.
Staging a Bell Tower within the Beauty of Spring
In the centre of Marienstraße, the church St. Marien stands out with its copper-coloured bell tower. Normally, you notice it from the start once having arrived there. Getting closer to the church, the possibilities of framing the bell tower with those marvellous cherry blossoms are stunning.
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When to admire Cherry Blossoms in Ratingen?
I recommend visiting these places from April 5 on. Sometimes they even lasted more than two weeks. Thus, April 5 until April 19 might be a good timeframe to pass by. Still, I’ll edit this information as soon as I see them blooming, so you won’t come for nothing.
Ratingen’s three Cherry Blossom Places offer a stunning range of views and motifs of the natural phenomenon. If Bonn’s majestic Cherry Blossom Avenues are the main course, Ratingen offers various delicious tapas, which sometimes even replace main courses.
Having said that, Ratingen should be put on your list, if you consider visiting stunning Cherry Blossom Places. Finally, it doesn’t have to be a matter of choice – why don’t you have both? 😊