Cities prepare for the assault

Cherry blossom and flower tourism in NRW
Pink flowers, daffodil meadows and tulip fields

Ornamental cherries will soon be in full bloom in Bonn’s Old Town and the daffodil meadows in the Eifel attract large numbers of people. What is possible without restrictions this year and how to prevent racing.

When the cherry blossoms begin, tens of thousands of tourists usually come to Bonn to photograph the ornamental cherry trees. Like a pink roof, the branches of Japanese carnations with their flowers bend over some streets of the old town. It’s not that far yet, but some trees are already blooming. Main flowering should begin in early April.

After Bonn’s old town was completely closed to visitors during its heyday due to the crown pandemic in 2020 and masks were mandatory there in 2021, there will be no restrictions for visitors this year. However, the city of Bonn recommends wearing at least a medical mask if the minimum distance cannot be maintained. Special signs have already been posted.

    Wearing a mask is currently recommended in Bonn's Old Town.

Wearing a mask is currently recommended in Bonn’s Old Town.
Photo: dpa / Oliver Berg

For local residents, the cherry blossom season is quite exhausting as amateur photographers keep blocking entire streets. In 2019, the city posted a sign: “Cherry Blossom Photographers – Please Drive!”. Time and again there have been complaints about visitors going to house entrances due to lack of toilets. This year, the city will set up toilets in the Marienschule school yard and on the corner of Maxstrasse and Breite Strasse. “If it gets very busy in the old town, there may be short-term closures for traffic,” the city of Bonn announced. There will be a ban on the passage of coaches in the area of ​​Kölnstraße / corner of Heerstraße.

Ornamental cherry trees were planted in the late 1980s to bring a special touch of color to the renovated old town. If the weather cooperates and there is little rain, flowering can take up to two weeks. Bonn’s heyday was expected to peak in mid-April.

The Eifel is also preparing for a possible rush of visitors: in spring, millions of wild daffodils bloom on the meadows near Hellenthal and in the Perlenbach valley. “Currently there are already some daffodils blooming in sunny places,” says Julia Schößler from the municipality of Hellenthal. The wild narcissus looks very similar to the narcissus, which in many places already blooms in gardens, but is slightly smaller. This year, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, there will be guided hikes to the Narzissenwiesen. The situation is relaxed, says Schößler. “Demand is high, but we don’t see big risks in the outside area.” Anyone who wants to admire the splendor of yellow should come to the Eifel on weekdays, if possible, and not on weekends. All the dates of the excursions can be found here.

Last year, the municipality of Hellenthal deployed drivers who verified compliance with the Corona rules in the Narzissen valleys and announced that the parking lots and access roads would be closed if the race got too big. In the end, however, everything went smoothly. In the Monschau region, daffodils spread mainly in the Perlenbach and Fuhrtsbach valleys. Hikers can get a glimpse of the yellow carpet of flowers on three trails of different lengths until mid-May.

In the Rhein-Kreis Neuss, farmers are preparing for numerous visitors who want to photograph the colorful tulip fields – for social media or their own photo album. Here is one of the largest tulip fields in Germany. An area of ​​about 50 hectares is managed by five companies. In the spring of 2021, hundreds had blocked the roads of the fields with their cars, so much so that the police had to intervene. The animals were also frightened by the riots: near the chapels, four frightened deer ran on the country road, were hit by cars and had to be killed due to serious injuries. This year, for example, Petra Francken of Grevenbroich’s Paulushof cordoned off her camps, presumably with warning tapes and prohibition signs.

    Tulip field near Grevenbroich in spring 2021.

Tulip field near Grevenbroich in spring 2021.
Photo: Krebs, Andreas (kan)

In Jüchen, a tulip field was monitored by the city police last year. A group of Asian tourists also made a pilgrimage to Jüchen-Damm to photograph the huge camp. “So far it’s still quiet,” says a city spokesman. In 2021 the entire neighborhood was parked. “We ask all visitors to park their car in such a way that no one is hindered,” says the spokesperson. So tulip tourists are also welcome.

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