Apple Picking in Altes Land

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.

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With WagnerWe 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.

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With WagnerWe 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!

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With WagnerObviously, 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.

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With WagnerThe Prince found a tractor and obviously needed to get pictures with it ;) haha, it was too funny to NOT take photos of this!

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With WagnerIt 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.

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner“Hey, can you look cute? Pretend you’re picking an apple and having so much fun! Pretend you’re eating an apple and loving it!” <— let’s be honest, that was the scenario behind these photos ;)

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner^^ A very helpful guide to all the apples

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!).

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner
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!)

Apple Picking Germany via Wayfaring With Wagner

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  • Okay, I’m sold – next fall I’m going to visit you in Hamburg just so we can go apple picking together and get our blogger on! ;) I’ve looked for apple picking opportunities around Heidelberg, but sadly couldn’t anything online – pick your own fruit doesn’t seem to be that popular in Germany yet, unfortunately! But the farm that you guys went to looks beautiful! :)

  • Great post Jordan, that looks like a super place to visit. I have a great apple crisp recipe that i’ll be making soon. When I lived in Versailles in the late 30s and 40s my Grandmother Billy would say “if you get some apples I will make Apple Strudel ” and I knew exactly where the trees were. ooooh so good !

  • That was one of my favorite fall activities as a kid (in Wisconsin) – my family went apple picking every year! I love your photos. My German husband just came into the office and I told him about apple picking. He said, “That sounds about as much fun as cow-tipping.” Sceptics! And of course now I’m searching for an orchard near the Schwarzwald…

  • This is totally a ‘me’ activity! I’ve wanted to go apple picking for so long, but the UK lacks in that area. It looks like so much fun though. I got the same reaction last night when I told Shane that we’d be going pumpkin picking today. I’m sure there’ll be so many ‘can you pretend to pick that pumpkin up please so I can take a picture’ moments haha! I know he’ll probably enjoy it by the end of the day though haha!
    Ooh and one of my favourite things to make with apples is a french apple cake. SO good!

    xo April | April Everyday