Finding a pumpkin patch in Germany is almost like finding a needle in a haystack. They’re just not as prevalent as they are in America, but we found a super cool one near Cologne that’s totally worth the drive.
(This post was updated in September 2023 after our most recent visit.)
Technically it’s not a true pumpkin patch where you go out and actually pick your pumpkin, but that’s beside the point because this place was awesome.
One of the coolest things about it is that they change the scenery and decorations depending on what season it is.
Basic Info About Gertrudenhof
Here’s what you need to know about visiting Gertrudenhof and this fun pumpkin patch in Germany as soon as possible.
50354 Hürth – Hermülheim
Check the website for hours
The entire place was only €6.90 for adults; those under three were free. Get your tickets here.
And get this…if you go before closing time, between 4:30 pm and 7 pm it’s even cheaper: €4,90 for adults. (Get your tickets here; prices as of 2023)
Make sure to check out their website, because they do things all year long. This may just be our new go-to spot!
There is free parking Gertrudenhof, just follow the signs to the Parkplatz. There’s also free 30-minute parking at the farm store nearby.
How to Get There
Köln (Cologne): 30 minutes
Geilenkirchen: 1 hour
Brunssum: 1 hour
Spangdalhem: 1.5 hours
Strollers and Dogs
Bring the kids and bring the dogs, because all are welcome at this pumpkin paradise. There is one section where dogs are not allowed, but it’s indicated with signs.
What to do at This German Pumpkin Patch
Be prepared to play, shop, and eat and drink good food when you’re at this German pumpkin farm! But I highly suggest you get there when they open or close to it.
We went early on a Sunday morning and again on a Monday morning and it felt like we had the place to ourselves until about 11:30 when all of Germany appeared.
You get access to basically everything: “XXL” pumpkin market (that’s where the pumpkin pyramid is), the adventure area with tons of bouncy castles and trampolines for the kids, the petting zoo (€1.50 per box of animal food if you want to feed them) the adventure playground with tons of things for the kids to play on, and the pumpkin cafe.
See? So much to do here!
The Pumpkins and the Pumpkin Pyramid
There are SO many pumpkins and gourds at Gertrudenhof that it’s truly a kürbisparadies (a pumpkin paradise).
The 13-layer pumpkin pyramid is the star of the show, for obvious reasons, and it’s big enough that you probably won’t have to compete with people for a pumpkin selfie.
I’m also SUPER thankful for the wood layers in between, otherwise, my kids would’ve made them all tumble down…multiple times.
But besides the giant pumpkin tower, there are hundreds of pumpkins and gourds in all shapes, sizes, and colors piled everywhere.
Yes, I said colors. Check some out:
I’ve only known about the classic orange pumpkin, but there are so many other natural varieties; it was simply gourdgeous just walking around looking at them.
Oh. And they’re all for sale!
Pumpkin Fun for Kids
Our kids (ages 3, 5, and 7 the first time we visited, and 10, 8, and 6 the second time) easily would’ve stayed all day long; both times we practically had to drag them out. We only left because it was getting really busy.
Besides taking selfies at the pumpkin pyramid, the kids played their little hearts out. There are several “play” areas and ample shaded places for grown-ups to sit while they play.
The fun begins as soon as you walk in. There are trampolines, two fun Halloween-inspired inflatables, a ball pit, and giant “LEGO” building blocks.
Another play area is like a traditional park with little playgrounds spread out. The girls were partial to the cool tire swings and climbing on anything they could.
Then there’s a whole other section with more inflatable bounce houses. Even though it was messy (it was sand all around, and it had rained the night before), all three had a blast.
I recommend a change of clothes if you visit after a rainy day.
While the kids played, I wandered around the pumpkin market area. Everyone was happy!
There’s even a petting zoo at this place. I mean, come on now!
For €1.50 you can get some food to feed the horses, goats, alpacas, and any other animals present; you’ll see them when you come in the entrance.
What to Eat
Come hungry, because this place will deliver! Or, if you’re looking to save some money, you can bring your own food, too. This could be a perfect place to bring some fun mini mummy pizzas for lunch and pumpkin seeds for a snack!
If you want to buy your food and drink there, you’ll have a couple of tasty options.
The first stop is the Pumpkin Cafe directly next to the pyramid.
Get a good ol’ basic PSL and a delicious Nutella crepe or a bowl of pumpkin soup. They have pumpkin spritzers, kurbis (pumpkin) wine, and delicious flammkuchen, too.
We also had lunch next to the playgrounds, and hear me out about this: the fries were truly some of the best fries I’ve ever had in my entire life.
Yeah, I said it.
We got simple brats, and as a bonus: they cut the brats up for the kids right then and there with a little machine; it was pretty neat.
Buy ALL The Pumpkin Things
Oh my gosh, y’all. I wanted to spend all my money at this place.
However, in true European fashion, even though we got there when they opened (on a Sunday), we couldn’t buy anything until 1 p.m.
You can buy pumpkin-flavored everything—wine, jam, pasta sauce, etc. Not to mention that all of the pumpkins you see around the place are for sale. Hello, delicious pumpkin seeds…am I right?!
My wallet is happy, but my fall-decorating soul is still a little sad. I may have to plan another trip to go buy all the things.
If you visit this fun pumpkin patch in Germany, let me know what you think. And if you’ve been to any others in the country, please tell me about them so we can check them out, too!