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In my home country, Canada, it’s an annual tradition for many families right before Thanksgiving to head out on an apple picking quest to find the best apples of the crop for our apple pie, apple crisp, and apple stuffing. We feast like kings and give thanks to the years crops by enjoying some home-baked delicacies that only grandma knows how to cook.
In celebration of Thanksgiving, we’re bringing you 6 of the closest orchards for apple picking around Düsseldorf! + photos on the orchard always look great on your Thanksgiving or Christmas postcards!
And… if you’re still looking for some more Autumn inspiration, check out our post “15 Nostalgic Ways to Celebrate Autumn in Düsseldorf“.
Here’s where you can go apple picking around Düsseldorf
Sackerhof in Ratingen (20 minutes)
Not too far from Düsseldorf is the charming little fruit and vegetable farm, Sackerhof. They have a number of different seasons – cherry season, pumpkin season, raspberry, strawberry, asparagus season, Christmas goose season, and beautiful different flowers in bloom as well. The raspberry, strawberry, and apple seasons are open for self-service, meaning you can pick your own! From September until mid-October during apple season, you can pick your own apples on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
Obstanlangen Mönchhof in Burscheid (40 minutes)
Obstanlangen Mönchhof is about a 40-minute drive away from Düsseldorf and located in the town of Burscheid. Their apple season often begins at the beginning of September, but it is recommended that you check their website for any updates. In the summer months, Obstanlangen Mönchhof opens up for berry season – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
Hof Umberg in Bottrop (45 minutes)
Hof Umberg is about a 45-minute drive away from Düsseldorf and located in the city of Bottrop. Though always subject to change, their current apple season starts around the start of August and runs until the end of October. When the apple fields aren’t open for the season, they are harvesting strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and plums.
Engelshof in Niederkassel (50 minutes)
Engelshof is located in Niederkassel-Rheidt on Marktstraße and is about a 50-minute drive from Düsseldorf. When they aren’t harvesting apples for the Autumn season, they are growing plums, Mirabelle’s, blackberries, blueberries, green beans, and string beans.
Bioland Apfelbacher in Bornheim (50 minutes)
Bioland Apfelbacher is the bio orchard to go to around Cologne or Bonn (or Düsseldorf, of course). It is located in Bornheim and is about a 50-minute drive away from Düsseldorf. Their fruit and vegetable picking seasons are almost year-round thanks to their wide array of offerings. Depending on the season you may have the opportunity to pick corn, tomatoes, sunflowers, potatoes, pumpkins, salad, zucchini, beets, leek, carrots, celery, herbs, strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, red currants, blackberries, apples, pears, quince, sour cherries, and peaches. Basically, everything you need for your daily meals. They also make mention on their website that the prices of their fruits and vegetables (when picked by you) cost about 1/2 to 1/3 less than they typically would at the supermarket.
Obsthof Sebbel in Haltern am See (1,10 hours)
A little over an hour away from Düsseldorf you will find Obsthof Sebbel located in the town of Haltern am See. Here you can pick not only apples, but also asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apples, pears, plums, and pumpkins (depending on the season of course). They also have a wonderful café on the location where you can enjoy some coffee and sweets.
Obsthof Korn near Hamm (1,25 hours)
Obsthof Korn is about a 1 hour and 25-minute drive away from Düsseldorf and has two different locations for their fruits and vegetables. Make sure you check online before heading out so you know which location you should be heading to. Conveniently, they have their entire season planned out online. You can pick apples and plums in September and October, strawberries end of May until the beginning of Juli, sour cherries from June to July, and berries in June and July.
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