We all know about German Christmas Markets... but did you know that every Spring there are German EASTER Markets?!? These sweet little markets pop up on weekends during Lent, and leading right up until Easter. Germans do love to decorate their homes to celebrate Easter, and the Markets give them a chance to find that perfect something new to welcome the Season. You will find an incredible variety of handmade items, delicious treats and fun activities… and especially EGGS!
History of German Easter Markets
Archaeologists think that coloring Easter Eggs goes back to the 13th Century… (and coloring Eggs for the Pagan Frühlingfest goes back even further). But when did the first specifically EASTER Market appear? The exact date seems to be lost in history, but for the past few centuries, many cities and communities in Germany have held Easter Markets, and the number is growing every Year.
Today, many German Easter Markets have craftsmen displaying not only their wares, but showing off their techniques. You will even find classes on how to make some of those special eggs yourself!
What do they Sell at an Easter Market?
Eggs… Eggs and more Eggs… This goes well beyond the standard Chicken Egg with Paas dye. You will find every type of egg from Quail to Goose, Duck to Ostrich, Finch to standard Chicken. And all are beautiful. Decorating styles vary by community… some are painted, some carved. Some are left with their natural speckled colors.
You will find colored eggs, wooden eggs, glass eggs…. Eggs from all over the world. Eggs to place in decorative baskets, eggs to hang on your Osterbaum (Easter Tree).
And best of all… CHOCOLATE Eggs for eating. (My personal favorite!)
Foods To Buy At German Easter Markets
It’s a German Market… of COURSE there is FOOD! Sausages, Broetchen, Waffles with different toppings like chocolate and whipped cream, , but you also find booths with special pastries like Eierschecke (similar to Bienenstich), Easter Breads, and of course to take home.
Some markets also have a produce area, and special Springtime vegetables and fruits appear. Asparagus (always a hot item on a German Menu) is very popular… and near Frankfurt they sell bundles of the Seven herbs used to make Eier in Gruene Sosse (Eggs in Green Sauce).
And to drink? It’s too hot in Spring to drink Gluhwein, but since Strawberries are just coming in to season, a refreshing Erdbeerbowle (Strawberry Punch) can be just the thing to satisfy your thirst.
And of course… Sweets!
Chocolate Bunnies, Chocolate Eggs either hollow or filled with creamy fillings, and lots of Gummies in different shapes and colors. Cookies and small cakes, truffles, crunchy candy eggs, and much much more!
German Easter Markets are Fun for KIDS
Like so many markets and fairs in Germany, Easter Markets set aside an area for kids to play or do Arts and Crafts. Usually there are fun competitions (like Egg Races), face painting (my favorite). Some even have small Carnival Rides or a Bounce House! And quite often there is a petting zoo, so kids can see and touch Easter Bunnies.
While Easter Markets may not be as big or sparkly as the Christmas Markets, there is a lot of charm. The celebration of Spring, and light after a long Winter means you will see a lot of happy faces having a good time. These family friendly events are a great thing to visit on a Spring Weekend in Germany.
Here is a list of German Easter Markets you can Visit
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, these markets are cancelled for 2021
The list is in German… But the Places, dates and times are straightforward
List of Ostermarkt In Deutschland
Can’t Get to Germany? Buy Cute Easter Gifts HERE
Colored Eggs, carved Rabbits, Chocolates and other Easter Treats are available here.
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