Easter Markets around Europe

Easter Markets around Europe

Happy Easter to anyone celebrating today. For the rest of us, let’s enjoy the days off and of course, the chocolate! Last year, I embarked on a three-week long trip with only one suitcase. I went during March and April, trekking all over central Europe during Easter. One of my favourite parts about the trip, besides the memories, friendships and my self-dubbed “Castle Tour of Europe,” were seeing the Easter markets. Here’s a photo diary from all of the beautiful markets as well as some of the sights and tastes.

berlin kreuzberg marketLet’s start this tour chronologically. My first destination was Berlin, where I had a couple hours to check out the bustling, diverse Kreuzberg Market. There wasn’t too many Easter-themed booths, a given, since it was a very Turkish neighbourhood, but I loved these golden eggs!

old prague square easterMy second destination was Prague, my father’s hometown. In the Old Town Square, there were dozens of Easter-themed booths, selling treats and easter eggs. There was also a petting zoo and statues to keep the kids entertained.

prague square easter marketThis easter egg was gorgeous.

budapest marketNext stop: Budapest. You can see myself in the pink blazer on the left of this photo walking by the famous Great Market Hall, or Fővám Tér in the 9th district. The market is not to be missed. With three floors, and full of food, famous paprika and souvenir stalls, it attracts locals and tourists alike. I picked up a painted Easter egg, and thus, started my mini collection.

budapest eggIn one of the squares, there was also an egg to graffiti on. My friends and I wrote our names and where we came from.

vienna schonbrunn easter marketWelcome to Vienna! Thanks to the suggestion of my dad, my friend Nicole and I spent a sunny day in the Schonbrunn Palace, the summer palace to the royals. To our delight, there was a large Easter market set up, selling artisan crafts, jewelry and strawberry wine.

handpainted easter eggs handpainted easter egg designs easter market viennaI picked up yet another Easter egg, and Nicole and I sipped strawberry wine in the sun outside a palace. Oh, only in Europe.

vienna schonnbrunn easter egg chairThey also had these amazing Easter egg chairs. Couldn’t resist snapping a picture.

munich beergardenLast, but definitely not least, we ended our trip in Munich for Easter weekend. Stranded in the city with little options for a train ride home, we braved the snowy weather (in April!) and checked out the Marienplatz market. Complete with a Biergarten and plenty of fast food and gourmet eats, this market square is the perfect way to spend lunch.

munich marienplatz wine marketWith dozens of gourmet restaurant stalls and wine sellers, it was easy to navigate and definitely catered to finer tastes. I wish I had space in my luggage for one of these long neck beauties.

handmade straw easter bunnies straw easter bunniesThere were also plenty of artisans that were selling crafts and Easter decor. The little bunny above with the tongue out almost made it home with me.

gorgeous handpainted easter eggsHowever, the most beautiful hand-painted easter eggs were definitely found in this market. With fair prices that were listed, it was easy to shop. I’m sure you could barter if you spoke German, but these pieces were too beautiful to undervalue.

easter egg treeAfter a missed train ride, and long way home, I got to enjoy the rest of my school’s easter break. I also had the chance to make this Easter tree, and decorated it with all the little easter eggs I picked up along the way.

european hand painted egg