The Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese Cherry Blossoms

When the first daffodils begin to bloom in Spring a visit to Schwetzingen is particularly worthwhile because this is when the Japanese cherry trees also begin to blossom – the largest collection of cherry trees outside Japan.

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese cherry blossoms

 

When you approach that section of the garden, the abundance of blossoms almost takes your breath away.

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese cherry blossoms

 

It's a wonderful feeling to walk under the cherry blossoms.

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese cherry blossoms

 

With each breath of wind it snows cherry blossoms.

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese Cherry Blossoms

If it suddenly gets warm, as in Spring 2009, the splendor of the cherry blossoms doesn't last long.

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

In Japan, I'm told, you can't find a free inch under the cherry trees but here in Schwetzingen one can enjoy the cherry trees to the full, even in the Easter week.

Japanese cherry blossoms

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

It is especially lovely in the afternoon and early evening. The cherry blossoms make your heart leap.

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Even trunks that are hundreds of years old bloom.

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

The blossoms hang from the trees in long cascades, a particularly captivating picture when the evening sun lights the blooms up against a dark background.

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Come to Schwetzingen when the cherry trees are blooming and enjoy this spectacle which is both new and unique every year.

Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Experience a ceiling of cherry blossoms above you.

Japanese cherry blossoms
Japanese cherry blossoms

 

Schwetzingen, when the cherry trees bloom, is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Japanese cherry blossoms