The Best Easter Markets in Central Europe and Croatia 2018

Eva Malá  ·  8 / 1 / 2018

When Christmas markets close up, preparations for Easter markets begin. Easter bunny, eggs, lamb, lilies - each European country has its own traditions which they introduce to the world in the most exciting way each Spring. See our list of the best Easter markets in Central Europe and Croatia you can experience in 2018 below!

Easter in Poland

Being a deeply catholic country, celebrations of Easter in Poland are as important and grand as Christmas. You can look forward to seeing up to 30 meters (about 100 feet) tall palms made of branches, colorful dried flowers and feathers, eat your breakfast from the famous blessed Easter baskets filled with bread, eggs, ham, lamb-shaped cake, sausages, horseradish, beet salad and chocolate or decorated eggs.

Krakow Easter Market

Walk through several dozen stalls which sell various Easter essentials, decorations and local handicrafts. Experience the taste of Polish Easter - try sweets, ornamental cookies, freshly toasted nuts and a wide selection of traditional dishes. Don´t miss out on parades, dances and performances of all kinds which might just sporadically happen.

Where: Rynek Glowny (Main Square), Old Town

When: March 20 - April 2, 2018

 

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Easter in Germany

As Easter egg decorating comes originally from Germany, there´s no surprise that after centuries of perfecting the craft, you can now find delicately decorated eggs on every corner during Easter. Germans also use them to bring color to their Easter trees which are made out of branches and come in different shapes and sizes. The concept of the Easter Bunny also comes from Germany, it was firstly mentioned in a German book in 1600s and turned into a sweet treat two centuries later.

Nuremberg Easter Market

Germans are world famous for being exact with almost everything they do. The same rule can be applied to their Easter markets - breathtaking decorations, stalls full of delicious foods and handicrafts at one of the oldest market squares in Europe.

Where: Main Market Square

When: March 16 - April 2, 2018

 

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Easter in the Czech Republic

Besides decorating eggs and baking cakes in a shape of a lamb, Czech women get spanked with hand-made braided whip on Easter Monday and are happy about it. How come? Well, a legend says that it should be done in order to keep women´s health, beauty and fertility during the whole year. This is how it works - men of all ages show up at as many Czech households in their area as possible starting early in the morning. They spank women and women give them a colorful ribbon which is tied to the top of their whips, put decorated eggs in their baskets and host the young “kolednici” visitors with chocolates and sweets, older ones with shots and open faced sandwiches in return. If “kolednici” show up after 12pm, women welcome them with cold water thrown in their faces.

Prague Easter Markets

Handicrafts, souvenirs, classic heated dishes and of course, famous Czech beer are floating around everywhere you go.

Where: Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square

When: March 17 - April 8, 2018

 

Cesky Krumlov Easter Market

Besides traditional market goods and foods, you can enjoy concerts and Easter Wooden Rafting on the Vltava river.

Where: Old Town

When: March 18 - April 2, 2018

 

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Easter in Austria

Easter in Austria is fun, besides making decorative towers similar to German ones and the Easter egg hunt, they also do an egg tapping contests. It´s a game where people tap hard-boiled eggs against each other. The person who´s egg does not break, wins. In the Austrian countryside, children walk through the town making noises with instruments made from wood too.

Vienna Easter Markets

Expect beautiful Easter decorations, handicraft stalls, culinary treats, Easter Bunny workshops, games and plenty of concerts.

Where: Schönbrunn Palace, Freyung, Am Hof Square, Kalvarienberggasse and Prater

When: March 17 - April 2, 2018

 

Salzburg Easter Market

Try products from local farms which are sold directly by the farmers and listen to the classical music during 6 nights of Salzburg Easter Festival.

Where: Morzger Straße 31 and Hasenweg 1

When: March 17 - April 2, 2018

 

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Easter in Hungary

“Through the greenwood going

I saw a blue violet growing

I saw it start to wither

Can I water this flower?”

This is a rhyme which Hungarian boys and men recite to girls and women on Easter Monday. It is followed by “sprinkling” them with a cologne, sometimes a bucket full of cold water! Also, in Hungary, make sure not to miss out on colorful Easter eggs, cute Easter Bunnies and traditional dishes featuring eggs.

Budapest Easter Market

It runs longer than elsewhere as it is connected to Spring Fest. It offers traditional handmade craft products, modern pieces by young designers, artisan foods, local dishes and wines. Cultural programs includes concerts, folk music and dance performances, children activities, art and craft workshops.

Where: Vörösmarty Square

When: March 30 - April 29, 2018

 

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Easter in Slovenia

During this beloved holiday, one will find mostly about traditions and great food in Slovenia! From creating Lace Egg masterpieces or challenging yourself to the Easter Chop in which one must stand about 1,5 meters away from a basket of eggs and tosses it hoping it “chops” or “beats” the eggs.

Arguably, the most important Easter activity is baking their famous potica cake though. It's a rolled pastry made of leavened dough packed with any of a great variety of fillings. The recipe has been  passed down from generations to generations and of course, every household has “the best” one. If you want to try to bake it yourself, you might want to go for this recipe.

Ljubljana Easter Market

Be ready to taste traditional Slovenian Easter foods, buy Easter bundles and much more.

Where: Old Town

When: Probably from March 30 to April 2, 2018

 

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Easter in Croatia

European countries, despite being so close to each other, not only speak different languages but also celebrate similar holidays differently. Easter is not an exception! Croatian Easter is mostly loud and bright due to villagers who build huge bonfires, shot out from old-fashioned pistols and play around with noisemakers. While visiting Croatian islands such as Korcula, Hvar or Brac, you might also find yourself singing medieval songs along with the locals on Good Friday.

Zagreb Easter Market

Observe some of the country’s rich Easter traditions and try the traditional Easter foods.

Where: Will be specified!

When: Probably from March 30 to April 2, 2018

Do you know about other great Easter markets in Central Europe and Croatia? Leave us a comment below.

 

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