Pumpkin patches across Germany

Pumpkin patches across Germany

by: Courtney Woodruff | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: September 13, 2017

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.

Bavaria

Jerry’s Pumpkin Patch

Address: Lohweg 7, 92367 Litzlohe

Note: if using a GPS, you will arrive at the patch approximately 1 kilometer before reaching the destination.

Open: Saturday, Sept. 17 - weekdays open: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Special hours: Saturday Oct. 3, Columbus Day (Oct. 9), Oct. 6 - open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed:  Sundays.

Activities:

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

Kaiserslautern

Hitscherhof Pumpkin Farm

Address: Hitscherhof 3, 66506 Maßweiler

Open: Daily, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry: 3.50 euros for children and adults.

Activities:

  • Farm store with décor and edible pumpkins
  • Cut-your-own flower garden

Fest: Farm festival and craft market, corn maze and pony rides; Sept. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunshine Pumpkin Farm

Address: Adam-Müller-Straße 11, 66894 Gerhardsbrunn

Open: Every Saturday and Sunday in October, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities:

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

Fest: Farm festival and craft market, pick-your-own pumpkins, hayrides, farm tours, cow milking and learning stations; Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 6.pm.

Rhein-Main

Goldgrun Pumpkin Farm

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.

Activities:

  • Farm shop
  • Corn maze
  • Golf

Stuttgart

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

Address: Mömpelgardstr. 28, 71640 Ludwigsburg

Open: Daily through Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Entry: View current admission fees on the Blühendes Barock Ludwigsburg website.

Activities:

  • Pumpkin sculptures
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Pumpkin smashing
  • Pumpkin canoe regatta
  • German and European pumpkin weigh offs
  • Taste of Pumpkins culinary event
  • Live music
  • Straw castle
  • Storytelling
  • Souvenir shop

For more tips about living and traveling in Europe, check out our digital edition of Welcome to Europe on Stripes.com

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