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  • Best Easter markets in Europe

    If you don’t mind leaving your home for Easter, then you should definitely take advantage of this time of the year to visit some great Easter markets.

    In Europe, Easter traditions abound in every country, from delicious specialties served only at Easter time, to all sorts of customs.

    But the best part of the Easter holiday in Europe (at least for a tourist) are the Easter markets, where you can gorge yourself with great food, buy arts and crafts, listen to live music and have lots of fun.

    Here are some of the best Easter markets in Europe.


    Prague Easter Market, Czech Republic

    From 9 April to 1 May 2011, the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square in Prague will be filled with stalled heaped with Easter goodies. You can find anything from hand-crafted objects, jewelry, toys, Czech crystal and glass, candles, embroidered cloth, and beautifully dressed puppets and dolls.

    The highlight of the market are, of course, the brightly painted Easter eggs. You can see people dressed in traditional garb, painting eggs right in the market, and you can even ask them to personalize them for you (for a fee, obviously).

    Budapest Easter Market, Hungary

    photo by uzo19

    While not officially called an Easter market, the annual Spring market in Budapest’s Vörösmarty Square is always full of all sorts of Easter themed goods. There are lots of stalls where you can buy souvenirs, traditional crafts and mouth-watering food, but the main event are folk customs. There are dance demonstrations every year, and you can even take some crash courses in Hungarian dances.

    Hungary has a unique easter tradition. Men are going to women and “sprinkle” them with parfumes. For this the women give colorfull easter eggs to the men. Kids get some money.
    Especially the high quality handmade leather articles are worth a consideration for prices hard to find elsewhere.

    Krakow Easter Market, Poland

    A few weeks before every Easter, the Main Market Square in Krakow becomes the site of one of the largest and cheeriest markets of the year.

    You can buy basketfuls of painted Easter eggs (called pisanki), and all sorts of traditional crafts.

    The traditional sweets are especially alluring around Easter, so be sure to try some. Other than that, you can browse the selection of porcelain, jewellery, tablecloths, leather shoes and art made of straw.

    Vienna Easter Market, Austria

    photo by Dezidor

    Vienna excels at markets of all kinds, and its Easter Market is no exception. In fact, there are several markets in the city at the same time: the market in front of the Schönbrunn  Palace, the one at Freyung in the Old City (where the largest mountain of piled Easter eggs in Europe is built every year) or the Kalvarienberg Market, which starts during Lent.

    The Parade Court at the palace is the ideal setting for sampling some Austrian delicacies too.

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