By Courtney Hall
Germans know how to celebrate life and enjoy themselves. And they love their festivals. They have them–from wine festivals to Goth festivals to Bach festivals. . . and let’s not forget their famous Christmas markets! Germans also have Easter markets and they are pure greatness.
Easter markets (or Ostermarkts) are set up like German Christmas markets. There are craft and food vendors sprinkled through out the city’s centrums. You can grab a bratwurst and sip some mulled wine as you look at beautiful handmade crafts ranging from ornate eggs to leather work, glassware, pottery and wood carvings.
The Ostermarkt also host egg artists. Yes, you read correctly: Egg artists! Easter markets attract egg artists from all over Europe. Depending upon the markets you attend, you can find these artists working on quail, chicken, or ostrich eggs!
Here are seven Easter markets to make sure you see if you ever find yourself in Deutschland:
1. Sankt Wendel
This market hosts multiple streets of vendors, offering anything and everything from handcrafted Easter decorations to delicious Chimney Cake. Little huts depict different scenes of Easter, and if you tour all the vendors there’s always the beautiful church in the middle of the market to visit. The Ostermarkt also gives visitors some beautiful attractions to view such as a large and colorful Easter crown along with a giant Easter egg. This festival and it’s ninety vendors runs from March 30 through April 2.
The Nürnberg Easter market has roughly one hundred vendors offer varying merchandise. They provide cooking demonstrations, wickerwork, ceramics and, of course, egg art. This Ostermarkt hosts vendors from Germany and abroad while also providing unique demonstrations such as knife and scissor grinding. This beautiful market opens from March 31 to April 17 this year.
The Dinkelsbuehl Ostermarkt runs April 1 and 2 this year. This gorgeous walled city managed to escape destruction during WWII and offers a glimpse of what it looked like in medieval times. It’s also the perfect place if you have little ones as it provides a petting zoo and an ice cream stand. Visitors should know that they’ll also get some grade-A entertainment as the Dinkelsbühl Knabenkapelle, a group of musicians consisting of 80 young men dressed in periodic outfits, will be performing.
Since the time of the Romans, people have been visiting this magnificent city to just take a dip! The city is home to 26 hot springs; the first orthopedic recuperation facility opened it’s doors back in the early 1800s. Not only can you go get some much-needed R&R, you can finish a relaxing time with a visit to a great Easter market. This Easter market provides visitors with the chance to try sweets from the local Kunder Chocolate Company. This company offers customers over a hundred different chocolaty choices including Rheingau jelly (wine jelly), chocolates you can eat and drink. It’s paradise, friends! The Weisbaden Ostermarkt is open March 31 through April 2.
This Easter market hosts a bunny petting zoo, but let’s not forget the Rittersport Chocolate Factory, Museum, and Store! Besides the art museum, this factory also provides a workshop for kids and a cafe, so the visit can be enjoyed by the whole family. This addictive chocolate is well worth the trip. The Waldenbuch Easter market is on April 9.
This lovely Easter market is held April 15-23 and provides some seriously great entertainment! Visitors can expect medieval battles that include knight jousting, fire shows, and acrobatic shows. If you come out on April 15, try to plan to stay until 7 PM so you can take in the Easter bonfire at the Britzer Garden. It’s a chance for everyone to get together and chase away winter spirits while also welcoming spring. You can count on mulled wine and bratwurst–is there anything better?
Honestly, a trip to Munich should just be on anyone’s list. It’s a beautiful city, but in my opinion, it’s even more so during the Easter holiday. Take a walk along the majestic Isar River and follow it up with a visit to one of the many beer gardens. . . and let’s not forget the delicious Bavarian foods! Munich’s Olympiapark turns into pure Easter excitement for little ones, who can spend their day hunting ginormous Easter eggs, painting eggs, and enjoying carnival rides. This awesome Easter market is April 16.