Sweet organic strawberries at Luedi's Erdeerland in Fribourg, Switzerland

Luedi’s Erdbeerland, the Best Organic U-Pick Strawberries in Fribourg

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Summer is synonymous with strawberries. It never seems like summer has officially arrived until roadside fruit stands and handmade signs advertising u-pick strawberries are everywhere.

In Oregon, we would either harvest our own garden or go to Detering Orchards anytime we needed bushels of berries, sweet cherries, or assorted fruit to make jam, bake pastries, or to dehydrate for the winter. After moving to Europe, we were at a loss as to where we could go for u-pick strawberries in Switzerland.

At least, that is, until a Swiss friend in Trav’s lab suggested a place she always would go with her grandma as a child: Lüdi’s U-Pick Strawberryland. Located near the town of Düdingen in Fribourg canton just a few kilometers northeast of Fribourg, we never would have known about it if it weren’t for her recommendation. As is so often the case, it takes a local to know the best places to go.

Picking strawberries with friends in Switzerland
If you love fresh organic berries, you’ll love Luedi’s U-Pick Strawberryland near Fribourg.

On a sweltering hot summer evening, a group of us carpooled out to the strawberry patch – Lüdi’s Erdbeerland.

Travel Tip: Erdbeer is German for strawberry, so it’s Luedi’s Strawberryland.

As we were driving in, we could see row upon row of strawberry plants covered with a fine black mesh, not yet ripe.

Strawberry fields at Luedi's Strawberryland in Duedingen
Rows of organic strawberries are not yet ripe for picking at Luedi’s Strawberryland in Duedingen, Switzerland.

Once inside the front gate, workers had removed the mesh from rows that were ripe and available for picking.

We parked our car in the lengthy strip of grass next to the entrance and checked in with the folks working in the little booth. Since we were armed with nothing but small containers and bags, we were grateful when they offered us over-sized hardy cardboard baskets with handles.

Confirming that the cost was 5 CHF per kilo and that they didn’t charge for whatever we took with us in our bellies, we spread out down the neat rows of shimmering strawberries like a chain gang showing up for work.

Strawberry picking in Switzerland
Your cartons won’t be empty for long, though you’ll likely eat at least two for every berry that makes it in the carton.

We set to work picking, chatting, and eating.

But mostly eating.

You pick strawberries in Duedingen, Switzerland
Make sure you have an empty stomach when you arrive at the strawberry patch!

After an hour or two, every basket for our entire group was full.

An employee weighed out all of our baskets, and I was amazed to see that Travis and I alone had picked 5 kilos (11 lbs).

For 25 CHF, that same amount would have been considerably more expensive from Coop or Migros. Plus fresh picked strawberries are always more flavorful, fresh, and so yummy warmed by the sun.

Sweet organic strawberries at Luedi's Erdeerland in Fribourg, Switzerland
The strawberries at Luedi’s Erdbeerland are sweet and juicy organic berries.

After washing up our haul when we got home, we shared some with friends, ate some fresh, and froze the rest for use throughout the summer.

Considering that a single strawberry pie takes 6 cups of berries, these won’t last long!

If you want the best recipe in the world for strawberry-rhubarb bars, hit me up!

Fresh organic strawberries in Switzerland
It’s strawberry PIE time!

Know Before You Go

  • Luedi’s Erdbeerland U-Pick Strawberries is located at Balbertswil 2, 3186 Düdingen, Switzerland. The GPS coordinates are 46°51’58.0″N 7°11’23.5″E.
  • If you have a dog with you, they are not allowed in the strawberry fields (obviously), but well behaved dogs are welcome to stay tied up in the shade just outside the entrance.
  • Official website for Lüdi’s Erdbeerland (FR, DE)

Update: Sadly for the public, Walter Luedi (the owner of Luedi’s Strawberryland) retired in 2018 after 40 years as a strawberry farmer in this small community. He has made arrangements for two neighbors and local farmers to take over strawberry production. Those in Fribourg canton looking for u-pick strawberries should look for Werro’s Biohof or Annemarie and Martin Krebs with Selfpick Schiffenen.

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