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Bremen | Rhododendron Park

Did you know that rhododendrons are the state flower of Washington?  We grew up with them in our yard and every time I see them here in Germany, they feel like ein Stücken Heimat (a little piece of home).  So I’ve always been curious to visit Bremen’s Rhododendron Park, the second largest collection of rhododendrons in the world with over 600 types (!) spread over 46 hectares.  But of course seeing them in bloom is a question of timing — the season is typically from the end of April to mid-June — which never really came together until just a few weekends ago.

Although the weather was a bit cool and on the cloudy side, the flowers were beautiful!  And as a bonus I also discovered that the park is home to plenty of azaleas as well.  It was a sea of pink, purple, red, white, and salmon blooms — serving as inspiration for a whole host of hobby photographers roaming the park with fancy lenses and cameras.  Maybe I should just let the photos speak for themselves…

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

Bremen: Rhododendron Park | No Apathy Allowed

There is still a bit of time this year to catch everything in bloom, but I’d hurry if I were you!  You can reach the park with the Straßenbahn 4/5 (Bgm.-Spitta-Allee or Horner Kirche) and then just follow the signs,   or just take Bus 31 to the main entrance.  Enjoy!

P.S. For lots more photos, here’s my Flickr album.

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