When I was younger, my mom used to take me and my siblings to a local farm after school once or twice during the autumn season. I remember getting apples, apple cider, caramel apples, and everything in-between! It is still such a fond memory for me and something I reflect on often.
When I saw the advertisement (thanks Facebook!) for apple picking near Hamburg, I told the Prince to clear his Saturday because we were going! To be honest, I was met with a very skeptical response after telling him, “I just found the coolest, best thing to do this Saturday…apple picking!!!” and he replied, “Apple picking?!” He wasn’t quite sure whether he should be excited or confused.
We made a day trip of it to Altes Land, a region near Hamburg that’s one of the largest fruit-producing areas in Europe. Altes Land is dotted with many small villages and family-owned farms. The Prince and I put on our best fall outfits and enjoyed the one-hour, scenic drive.
We ended up apple picking at Herzapfelhof Lühs in the town of Jork, Germany. The farm was incredible and had a wide variety of apples as well as a yummy bakery, drinks, pumpkins, and a wonderful ambiance. It was fun to observe all the small children and families…it reminded me of those same moments with my mom!
Obviously, our trip started off with a picture in the apple chairs. hahaha, I don’t know if the Prince was really having it! We then progressed to the apple orchards. They actually have an orchard that looks like a giant apple with a heart in the middle! Hard to describe but you can view an aerial picture of it on the sign above.
It was a bit overwhelming at first with all the apple options! The farm does a really good job of steering you in the correct direction and labeling all the different types of apples. I’ll be honest, neither the Prince nor myself would consider ourselves “apple connoisseur (ha!)” so we just kept walking up and down all the rows trying the different apples. I think by the end, I had eaten around 5 or 6 apples! The Prince and I both really loved the Red Elstar apples. It is not a common apple in the USA but similar to a Golden Delicious apple.
The trouble with apple picking is that it is very easy to underestimate the amount of apples you’ve picked! Every time I tried a new apple, I ended up telling the Prince that we just had to get some of those as well! Needless to say, we came for maybe 20 apples max and left with almost 17 pounds (about 8 kg) worth of apples. We ended up running out of space in our refrigerator for all the apples and still have so many left!!! I’ll be eating apples until spring! (If you like apple cakes, I highly recommend this recipe. I’ve already made it 4 times and it is super easy to make. Plus, everyone will love it!).
After collecting our apples and paying for them (less than 15 Euros altogether!), we stopped for apple cake and coffee (or, as the Germans say, Kaffee und Kuchen) and picked a few pumpkins before heading back to Hamburg!
This was such a fun and relaxing day trip from Hamburg! If you’re interested in visiting this farm, plan your trip over on the Herzapfelhof Lühs’ website: https://www.herzapfelhof.de/ (the season is ending really soon!)