If you’re coming to Berlin in the spring, you’ll see the city come back to life after a long, cold winter. And if you’re here at just the right time of the season, you can check out many different places to see cherry blossoms in Berlin.
These gorgeous pink and white blooming trees are all over Berlin in more places than you could possibly see in one trip. But it means you won’t have to try too hard to see them in at least a couple different spots.
Where to stay in Berlin
Berlin has lots of great neighborhoods for you to stay in and explore. If you’re visiting Berlin for the first time, it might be best for you stay somewhere central.
Many of the attractions are in Mitte or easily connected to Mitte by Berlin’s public transport, so you should stay somewhere in that region. Here are a few hotels we recommend.
For a more detailed look at the different neighborhoods and our hotel recommendations, check out our guide to where to stay in Berlin.
When can you see cherry blossoms in Berlin?
Unfortunately it’s tough to plan a trip specifically to see cherry blossoms in Berlin. They bloom in spring, but the exact timing changes every year.
I’ve seen them as early as the last few days of March and as late as early May. When they start blooming, you usually have about 10 days or so to enjoy them, although not every section of trees blooms at the same time, so the full season is closer to 2-3 weeks.
The best time to see cherry blossoms in Berlin is usually in April, but you never know when they might start early or late.
History of Berlin cherry blossoms
The Berlin cherry blossoms actually came to this city as a gift from Japan. Pretty cool, right?
After the Wall came down, thousands of people in Japan donated money to fund a gift of cherry blossom trees to Berlin. Many of the trees were planted in areas where the Wall once stood, although you will see them in many other places around the city as well.
In Japan, the cherry blossom stands for renewal, so planting these trees in place of the Wall is very symbolic. That renewal was just what the city needed after decades of separation.
Today the cherry blossoms in Berlin are also a sign that spring is finally here.
>>Check out our list of the best World War II and Cold War attractions in Berlin.
Where to see cherry blossom trees in Berlin
Spring in Berlin is a magical time, made even more so by the beautiful pink cherry blossoms that pop up all over the city for just a short time. If you’re lucky enough to be here when they bloom, here are some of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Berlin.
Kirschbaumallee near S Lichterfelde Süd
In the southwest corner of Berlin lies a long park along the border between Berlin and the state of Brandenburg. This is one of the areas where the Wall once stood, separating West Berlin from East Germany.
When Japan donated cherry blossoms to Berlin, tons of the were planted here. Today this is a gorgeous place to see cherry blossoms, and it’s such a difference from being in the middle of the city.
Once the trees start blooming, there’s usually a cherry blossom festival held in this area. Even if you’re there on a non-festival day, it’s a great location for a picnic.
To get here, take the S25 or S26 to the S Lichterfelde Süd station, and then it’s a short walk west on Holteimer Weg.
In the lovely western section of Kreuzberg, you’ll find Victoriapark, home of the only waterfall in Berlin. Even though it’s artificial, it’s still a pretty sight to see.
This park is a great place to see cherry blossoms in Berlin if you’re visiting in the spring, though it’s worth coming here any time of year.
The closest transport is Platz der Luftbrücke on the U6.
Another former Berlin Wall zone that is now home to cherry blossoms is a stretch of green space near the Bornholmer Str Sbahn station. This used to divide East and West Berlin.
To reach the S Bornholmer Str, take the S1, S2, S8, S25, S26, or S85, or take tram M13 or 50. The area with the cherry blossom trees runs parallel to the train tracks on the east side of the tracks and north of the station.
Platz des 9. November 1989
November 9th Platz is also at the Bornholmer Str Sbahn station, but it’s a different enough space that I felt like it deserved its own entry on this list of cherry blossoms in Berlin.
The day the Berlin Wall came down was November 9, 1989, and this was the first border crossing that opened. This memorial is interesting to visit any time of year because there are photos and info placards about this day in history.
Oddly enough, November 9th is often a day of importance in German history, so there’s also info here about events that occurred in other years on this day.
But in the spring, there are a handful of cherry blossom trees that bloom along the side of the road near the memorial. I like the contrast between the pretty trees and the graffiti on the wall behind them.
If you’re wondering where to find cherry blossoms in Berlin, this is an interesting place to see them.
These trees and the memorial are located just east of the Bornholmer Sbahn station. It’s also one of the places where you can see pieces of the Berlin Wall.
Planetariums are already quite interesting to look at with their huge domes. This planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg also happens to have some gorgeous cherry blossom trees in front of it.
The closest transport is the Prenzlauer Allee Sbahn station.
Schwedter Strasse is located on the edge of Mauer Park in Prenzlauer Berg. Mauer means Wall in German, and this is one of the most well known areas in the city where the Berlin Wall once stood.
Many of the donated trees were planted along this street, and it’s one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Berlin.
The trees are along the northern end of Schwedter Str, so it’s several blocks from major transport. I think the best way to get here is to make your way to the S&U Schönhauser Allee station, walk south on Schönhauser Allee, turn right on Gleimstr and walk west for a few minutes until you reach Schwedter Str.
Once you reach the northern end of Schwedter Str, you’ll see an interesting pedestrian bridge. You can actually walk across the bridge and make your way over to the Bornholmer Str cherry blossoms, although they aren’t always in bloom at the exact same time.
Berlin’s Botanical Gardens are all about beautiful plant life, so it’s no surprise that this is also a great place to see cherry blossoms.
Not only can you see gorgeous cherry blossoms here, but you can go for a stroll through an entire path of spring plants and flowers. It’s like experiencing spring around the world all in one place.
To get here, take the S1 to Botanischer Garten, and then it’s about a 10 minute walk.
Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg
I love this water tower in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s such an interesting, almost-hidden landmark tucked away in a quiet section of the district.
There aren’t a lot of cherry blossoms here, but it only takes one combined with the water tower (Wasserturm in German) to make a pretty picture.
Tip: When you’re facing the water tower, standing on Rykestrasse, stand on the right side of the street. You should be able to get the TV Tower and the water tower in your picture.
Despite going to this area quite often, I spaced and forgot this, and I took my picture while standing on the left side of the road. Oops.
The closest Ubahn station is Senefelderplatz on the U2, but you can also take tram M2 to Knaackstr.
Tiergarten is already one of the best parks in Berlin. It’s a great escape in the summer, and a wonderful place to see fall foliage in autumn.
And if you’re in Berlin at the right time, you can see cherry blossoms here in the spring. They’re in the southern section near the Japanese embassy.
The closest transport is S&U Potsdamer Platz.
On the edge of Mitte as you near Prenzlauer Berg, there’s a pretty church from the mid 1800s called Zionskirche. And along Zionskirchstr to the east of the church, you’ll see pretty cherry blossoms lining both sides of the street.
If you’re up for some walking, you can reach this church from the Prenzlauer Berg Water Tower in about 20 minutes. And Zionskirchstr is parallel to the southern end of Schwedter Str, so you could walk north along Schwedter Str, through Mauer Park, and reach the cherry blossoms up there in another 20 minutes.
The closest Ubahn stations are Rosenthaler Platz on the U8 and Senefelderplatz on the U2, but you can also take tram M1 or 12 to Zionskirchplatz.
Gardens of the World
Gardens of the World is another wonderful Berlin attraction focused on plants, flowers, and trees from around the world. They too have some cherry blossoms that are lovely in the spring.
Since you never know when they will bloom, Gardens of the World announces their cherry blossom festival once they actually start blooming.
The closest Ubahn station is Kienberg Gärten der Welt on the U5.
Located in southern Berlin, Britzer Gardens is a huge park with a lake and loads of flowers. It’s wonderful in spring when tulips, roses, cherry blossoms, and many other flowers are in bloom.
To get here, take the U6 to Alt-Mariendorf and then bus 179 to the Sangerhauser Weg stop.
Bürgeramt Rathaus Tiergarten
The Tiergarten city hall building in the Moabit district probably isn’t high on your list, but if you happen to be in the area, they have some lovely cherry blossom trees in front of the building on Mathilde-Jacob-Platz.
It’s not a particularly touristy area, but you might come over here to visit the Arminiusmarkthalle, a great indoor market.
The closest Ubahn station is Turmstr on the U9.
Oberbaumbrücke is the most recognizable bridge in Berlin, and it crosses the Spree River connecting Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. It’s also close to the East Side Gallery.
At the southern end of the East Side Gallery, you can see a row of cherry blossom trees with the bridge behind them.
The closest transport is the Warschauer Str S&U station where you can get the U1, U3, several Sbahn lines, or the M10 tram.
The Berlin Cathedral, or Berliner Dom in German, should already be on your Berlin bucket list. But if you’re visiting in spring, you might get lucky and see some cherry blossoms near this famous church.
Are you visiting Berlin in autumn? The Berlin Cathedral is also a great place to find fall foliage.
The closest transport is the Museumsinsel station on the U5.
If you’re exploring the eastern edge of Friedrichshain, you might come to the Frankfurter Allee S&U station (not to be confused with the Frankfurter Tor Ubahn station). Across the street from the station and the mall is a small park with quite a few cherry blossom trees.
This is another place where I think the pretty pink blooms and the grit of the city makes for some interesting pictures.
To get here, take the U5, S8, S41, S42, S85, or tram M13 to Frankfurter Allee.
Technically still within Berlin city limits but a world a way, Peacock Island is a beautiful island on the River Havel. It’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site called the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin, and it’s one of the nicest day trips from Berlin.
Not only are there actual peacocks there, but if you visit at the right time in the spring, you might get to see some lovely cherry blossoms.
To get to Pfaueninsel, take the S1 or S7 to the Wannsee Sbahn station, and then take bus 218 to the Pfaueninsel stop where you’ll need to hop on a ferry to reach the island.
Berlin Travel Resources
I want you to have the best trip to Berlin, and hopefully this guide to the best places to see cherry blossoms in Berlin is helpful. But there are lots more tips on the site!
- 101 Best Things to do in Berlin
- 23 Impressive Castles in Berlin (And Nearby)
- 27 Best World War II & Cold War Sights in Berlin
- 27 Fun Day Trips From Berlin
- 75 Things to Know Before Visiting Berlin: Essential Berlin Travel Tips
- What to Wear & What to Pack for Berlin, Germany: Your Ultimate Berlin Packing List
- How to Get Around in Berlin: An Easy Guide to Berlin Public Transportation
- Where to Stay in Berlin: A Local’s Guide
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