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Whirling Elm Seeds in The Netherlands

Natural confetti all around Amsterdam!

Best time: late April–late May

The whirling elm turns Amsterdam city landscape into a splendid picture of festivity. The beautiful spring show of elms locates mostly near water, trying to lower their branches to get a drink. A truly romantic and unique time, the period is also marked by festivities organised around the topic of awakening nature after a gloomy winter.

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When is the best time to visit Amsterdam for the Whirling Elm show?

The Whirling Elm show in Amsterdam occurs during late April until late May and during this time, the elms create a spectacle around the waking nature theme. Alongside, various festivals are organized during this time making Amsterdam a sensational and picturesque place. Show more

Where can I find the Whirling Elm trees in Amsterdam?

If you want to catch a glimpse of the Whirling Elm trees in Amsterdam then near water bodies would be a great place to start looking. The trees can be found easily at Amsterdam Bos, Oosterpark, the Hortus Botanicus and Amstelpark. To check out the full bloom, try visiting the Sloterpark and Sloterplas areas. Show more

What are the other popular spring festivals in Amsterdam?

Apart from the Whirling Elm festival, Amsterdam hosts some very popular spring festivals. King's Day celebrations in late April, Dutch Tulip Festival in May, and Liberation Day Festival in early May are some of the crowd favourites amongst them. One of the largest flower gardens in the world i.e. Keukenhof Flower Showcase also welcomes visitors during this time. Show more

How long does the Whirling Elm season usually last?

The Whirling Elm season in Amsterdam typically lasts 4 weeks spanning from late April until late May. Variation in weather and temperature may alter this period somewhat. Be sure to check the weather forecast before planning your trip to witness the Whirling Elm show. Show more

What are some other outdoor activities to do in Amsterdam during the spring season?

Visitors to Amsterdam in spring are highly recommended to explore the city on foot or bike; alternatively, you can take a boat ride for a unique vantage point of tulip fields. To relish in Amsterdam’s parks, visit the popular Vondelpark or Westerpark. And finally, to get a taste of the sea, head off to Zandvoort beach for sunbathing or water sports. Show more

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