German Easter Market – Ostermarkt
One Sunday Stefan and I decided to hit up our local Easter Market. These types of markets are huge all over Germany and other parts of Europe. Christmas time is the biggest time for the markets, but you can find them almost all year long in one form or another. The market we went to was really small and there wasn’t a whole lot to see and do. It was nice to see what these markets are all about, although I’ve heard that the Christmas Markets are much better!
At an Easter Market you can buy crafts, food, produce and flowers. I tried to get some pictures to share, but they didn’t turn out that great. I saw one girl get yelled at by some vendors for taking pictures and I did not want that to be me! If you’re wondering getting scolded in German is both terrifying and embarrassing, so I was not about to let that happen to me. The safe route was to settle for rushed pictures as I had to be really sneaky, so here goes…
This is just to get an idea of how the markets are set up. Booths line the pathway that sell all kinds of things.
The wooden crafts were big at this market. Door signs, bird houses, coat hangers and knick knacks were everywhere. Most of the vendors were even whittling away as they sat there.
These vendors were making different types of metal crafts. They had a whole operation going and it was cool to watch it.
We even tried our first German pretzel at the market. We were skeptical about dipping it in mustard, but it’s delicious. Even my mustard-hating husband liked it.
These are the types of tress that you see all over Germany. They are Easter trees! People buy the hand painted eggs at the markets to decorate their trees with.
I didn’t buy any eggs at the market because we don’t have an Easter tree yet. However I do have a hand painted egg that Stefan brought back from Lithuania for me. This should give you an idea of what the eggs look like. The egg above is a very simple hand painted design, but the designs at the market range from really simple to extremely extravagant. I did see one egg at the market that I wanted so bad. It was an ostrich egg carved to look like lace! At €100 (about $112 according to today’s exchange rate) it was way out of my budget for an egg! Maybe next year I can justify it 😉