Pumpkin patches across Germany
Closing my eyes, I can still see my childhood street all dressed up for Halloween —pretty wreaths decorated with colorful dry leaves, fibrous strands of artificial spider webs and glowing jack-o-lanterns grinning from the twilight shadows of every other neighbor’s front porch.
Each year, my sister and I looked forward to carving pumpkins with my dad. We would help by picking out the perfect gourd at the local grocery store. Then, we would carry it home to scoop out the gooey orange insides, so he could carve a toothy smile where its face should be. We couldn’t wait to bring our jack-o-lantern out to the driveway together, where we would fit it with a tea light and watch it come to life.
Even though Halloween is not as celebrated in Europe as it is in the U.S., pumpkins are still a symbolic and nostalgic part of fall across Germany. To carry on an old family tradition — or to make a new one with children of your own — look for a pumpkin patch near you.
Address: Lohweg 7, 92367 Litzlohe
Note: if using a GPS, you will arrive at the patch approximately 1 kilometer before reaching the destination.
Open: Weekdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 7 and 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays.
- Pick-your-own pumpkins
- Hayrides on Saturdays and holidays, weather permitting
Address: Hitscherhof 3, 66506 Maßweiler
Open: Daily, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Entry: 3.50 euros for children and adults.
- Farm store with décor and edible pumpkins
- Cut-your-own flower garden
Fest: Farm festival and craft market, corn maze and pony rides; Sept. 24-25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: Adam-Müller-Straße 11, 66894 Gerhardsbrunn
Open: Every Saturday and Sunday in October, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Pick-your-own pumpkin patch
- Farm tours starting at the patch, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fest: Farm festival and craft market, pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, farm tours, cow milking and learning stations; Sunday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 6.pm.
Address: Neustraße 1, 65598 Hünfelden-Mensfelden
Note: The patch is 1 kilometer from the main road (417 Limburg–Wiesbaden).
Open: Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Farm shop
- Corn maze
Fest: Pumpin festival, Sept. 24-25 at 10:30 a.m.
Address: Mömpelgardstr. 28, 71640 Ludwigsburg
Open: Daily through Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Entry: View current admission fees on the Blühendes Barock Ludwigsburg website.
- Pumpkin sculptures
- Pumpkin carving
- Pumpkin smashing
- Pumpkin canoe regatta
- German and European pumpkin weigh offs
- Taste of Pumpkins culinary event
- Live music
- Straw castle
- Souvenir shop