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.
Let’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!
My 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.
Next 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.
Welcome 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.
Last, 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.
However, 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.
After 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.