The Daffodils

The last snow still cling to the most shady slopes, and already the daffodils is emerging in the meadows enveloping Gerardmer a golden mantle ... A true mystery of nature if one looks at the Pearl of the Vosges of the sky.

The Daffodils in Gerardmer

In fact within a radius of 10 km, the Daffodils cover almost all the meadows. The scene is stunning, as beyond this area “the hummer flower” (from its name given in the past) rarefies.

Daffodils grow in so large quantities around Gerardmer that they gave the idea for a flower parade that became a real popular festival gathering thousands of persons in the town streets.

Everything began in April 1934 when a group of friends from Gerardmer motorbike association comes back from a ride with engines decorated with daffodils. These guys had the idea to do the same thing the following year but organizing a festival.

The first festival was organized on 22nd April 1935 and there already were thousands of spectators according to the newspapers of the time.

In April 1936 there was the first election of the Queen of Daffodils.

Since then the festival takes place every second year, the last one gathered 70000 spectators on 12th April 2015.

CONTACT

Tourist Office of Gérardmer-Monts et Vallées

Phone : 03 29 27 27 27

info@gerardmer.net

www.gerardmer.net

 

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