Germany's Traditions: Pumpkin Festivals

by Courtney Woodruff & Jessica Zen
Stripes Europe

Pumpkins are just as symbolic of fall across Germany as they are in the U.S. Naturally, we must celebrate the coming of autumn with commemorative festivals It just so happens that Germany is home to the largest pumpkin festival in the world in Ludwigsburg.

Located at Blühendes Barock, the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival has more pumpkin related foods and activities than you could ever imagine. For those interested in pumpkin-inspired food and beverages, there will be pumpkin tarte flambée, popcorn, burgers, beer and of course, roasted pumpkin seeds. The largest batch of pumpkin soup is made during the last week in September. One pot holds approximately 2,000 servings!

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival Photo by: Elena Podolnaya
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in 2016 | Photo by: Elena Podolnaya 

While you snack on pumpkin flavored foods, there are plenty of events taking place. Children will especially love listening to tales from the pumpkin patch with Anselm Roser, carving pumpkins and walking through the little chamber of horrors. Adults can cheer on pumpkin canoe racers as they try their hand at victory during the Pumpkin Regatta on Castle Lake. Yes, they really paddle around in hollowed-out pumpkins! There is also an area dedicated to artistic pumpkin carving, a giant pumpkin and squash showcase, as well as musical performances on Saturdays.

The culminating event that shuts down the festival is the smashing of pumpkins. During this time, the largest pumpkins are smashed and visitors can see what the interior of these mammoths really look like. Seeds are also collected during the event and sold to those interested in growing their own monstrosity.

While Ludwigsburg is the ultimate pumpkin fest in Germany, consider checking out these pumpkin patches or pumpkin-themed activities near you.

Bavaria

Jerry’s Pumpkin Patch - Litzlohe

Activities:

  • Pick-your-own pumpkins
  • Hayrides on Saturdays and holidays (weather permitting)

 

 

Kaiserslautern 

Hitscherhof Pumpkin Farm - Maßweiler

Activities:

  • Farm store with decor and edible pumpkins
  • Cut-your-own flower garden
  • Corn maze
  • Golf
  • Annual festival

Sunshine Pumpkin Farm - Gerhardsbrunn 

Activities:

  • Pick-your-own pumpkin patch
  • Hayrides
  • Farm tours (available by appointment - call: 06375-5852)
  • Annual festival

Rhein-Main

Goldgrun Pumpkin Farm - Hünfelden-Mensfelden

Activities:

  • Farm shop
  • Corn maze
  • Golf

Whether you want to eat, carve or just smash some pumpkins, any of these locations would be fantastic! Kids and adults alike can enjoy all the sights and tastes of fall.

 

 

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