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Scilla – der sibirische Blaustern blüht im Frühjahr auf dem Lindener Berg.

Linden hill cemetery

Experience the blue miracle

When a sea of blossoming bells makes the "Lindener Bergfriedhof" shine in a bright blue, then it finally becomes spring in the city.

Every year from the end of March the green oasis on the Lindener Berg experiences its blue miracle: in the first warmer days after the frosty winter the blue stars (Scilla siberica) blossom at the "Lindener Bergfriedhof" and cover the cemetery, which was closed in 1965, with a bright blue carpet of millions and millions of small flower bells in the middle of the Linden district. Even the free online encyclopedia "Wikipedia" presents the Scilla flower on Lindener Berg with a photo and writes: "In Europe, the Siberian blue star is a popular early flowering ornamental plant in gardens and parks. It thrives particularly in shady and semi-shady, fresh locations. Sometimes it goes wild and can form mass stands."

Flower festival against a historical backdrop

At the "Lindener Bergfriedhof" cemetery, which was built in 1862 and is now a listed building, the blue star, which belongs to the asparagus family, has been able to spread undisturbed over the past decades. Just in time for the beginning of spring, the six-hectare complex will be in full bloom for two weeks, adorning the weathered gravestones between the historic "Küchengarten Pavillon", the cemetery chapel designed by Conrad Wilhelm Hase in 1864 and the 1884 cemetery fountain with a bright blue pile. Every year Linden celebrates this unique natural spectacle with the Scilla Flower Festival, which is also Linden's town festival.