The town of Uden is known for its dark cherries, but Jan and Birgitte van den Elzen have transformed it into a must-stop for strawberry lovers with a drive-in devoted to all things berry.
The first sign you’re in a strawberry (aardbeien) haven will be the three giant sculptures plunked in the center of a local roundabout. A quick turn and you’ll find yourself at the Aardbeien Drive-In. After you pull up to the window, you can choose from an array of fruity treats, including waffles with strawberries, strawberry ice cream, strawberry smoothies, chocolate-covered strawberries, jams, and, of course, the fruit itself.
Before the drive-in, the van den Elzens, who grow the fruit themselves, ran a shop and strawberry vending machines (both of which are still open). After the popularity of their strawberries grew, they opened the drive-in down the road in 2018.
Dutch strawberries are nicknamed zomerkoninkjes (“kings of summer”). One bite into these incredibly sweet fruits will tell you why.