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Oh my gourd! Where to get the best pumpkins in Berlin

Replace your early winter blues with some autumnal orange. Here are six of the best places to get pumpkins around Berlin-Brandenburg. 

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As we in the northern hemisphere have tipped past the equinox, days are rapidly getting shorter, cold snaps are sapping the last warmth from our apartments, and we’re treated to a few final days of sun before hunkering down for another bleak Berlin winter. 

Looking to replace your premature winter blues with some autumnal orange? You’re in luck – it’s pumpkin season!

Around Berlin and Brandenburg, pumpkins (German: Kürbisse) are ripening up for all your culinary and decorative needs. Here we’ll show you some of the best pumpkin farms in the area. Schedule yourself a day trip and enjoy the best of Kürbiskultur!

Pumpkin market and exhibition at Winkelmanns Hof Klaistow

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Partake in all things pumpkin at Winkelmanns Hof in Klaistow (due southwest of Potsdam). Here, you can marvel at over 500 varieties of pumpkins from around the world at their pumpkin “variety show”. And, at their ever-popular pumpkin market, you have your pick of several edible and ornamental varieties and other seasonal products to take home.

Thought we were only going to tell you about where to buy pumpkins? Think again! Winkelmanns Hof also boasts the largest “pumpkin exhibition” in the Berlin-Brandenburg area, where farm employees painstakingly construct larger-than-life sculptures out of brightly painted pumpkins. Wander among colossal cucurbit creatures with this year’s theme, “In the Jungle of the Pumpkins”.

  • Winkelmanns Hof Klaistow, Glindower Str. 28, Beelitz, through Nov 5, see details

Pumpkin festival at Karl’s Erlebnisdorf 

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Maybe you’re familiar with Karl’s from their summertime strawberry cartel, with their strawberry-shaped stands that spring up in almost every Kiez across town. They don’t just capitalise on summer specialties, though – they also host a fall pumpkin festival! For some family-friendly fun, travel out to Elstal (about an hour west by car or train) and enjoy spooky autumnal decorations, delicious pumpkin treats, and of course an extensive pumpkin market. 

  • Karls Erlebnisdorf Elstal, Döberitzer Heide 1, Elstal, through November 5, see details

Pumpkin specialties at Syringhof

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Interested in something a little more refined? Visit or order from Syringhof, an organic farm in Beelitz which prides itself on being one of the largest pumpkin seed producers in Germany. Jump online and peruse Syringhof’s collection of pumpkin-based specialities, including pesto, oils and candied seeds, or pay them a visit at their farm shop in Beelitz (due southwest, about one hour by car or two hours by train).

  • Syringhof, Trebbiner Straße 69f, Beelitz, see details

Farm Shop at Rixmanns Hof

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Every autumn, Sabine Schwalm and Georg Rixmann of Rixmanns Hof turn their family-owned farm into a pumpkin haven, cultivating around 100 varieties of squashes, among other seasonal produce. Make your way out to Linum (due northwest of Berlin) to check out their farm shop, where they sell this year’s harvest and other award-winning jams and condiments.  

  • Farm shop at Rixmanns Hof, Nauener Straße 23a, Linum, see details

Hofladen Falkensee 

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For further seasonal delights, consider a visit to the Hofladen Falkensee (about an hour west by car or train). At this charming farm shop, you can pick from pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, all sourced from their extensive farmland. Or, try out one of their many pumpkin-flavoured products, ranging from cakes to casseroles. 

  • Hofladen Falkensee, Dallgower Straße 1, Dallgow-Döberitz, see details

Pumpkins with a view at Spargelhof Kiefer

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Though they officially dub themselves an asparagus farm, Spargelhof Kiefer (in Oranienburg, about an hour due north) nonetheless has a passion for pumpkins. Bring home one of their unique decorative or edible pumpkins, but don’t go home before you’ve had a look around! Their expansive grounds and charming farmhouse make for the most picturesque autumn excursion. 

  • Spargelhof Kiefer, Schmachtenhagener Straße 11, Oranienburg, see details

This article was translated from the German by Alexandra Ertman.