Easter markets begin this weekend in Germany

It’s time for spring and Easter markets in Germany. The markets typically run from March through April. As almost every town and village offers Easter and spring activities, here’s a small selection of markets worth visiting.

Mar. 2-4: Easter Exhibition at Easter Egg Museum in Sonnenbühl

Students from the Brühlschule Sonnenbühl School are holding a special Easter Market at the Easter Egg Museum in Sonnenbühl. The students will be displaying and selling eggs they have created as part of a school project to learn about the history of Easter eggs. Eggs themes include Ninjago and Emoji and speech and thought bubbles with inscriptions like “Lol”, “Wow” and “OMG”, in the style of Roy Lichtenstein, as well as subjects from art education. Every child visiting receives an egg with his or her name written on it. The event is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Easter Egg Museum features more than 1,000 eggs from around the world, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. For information, visit www.ostereimuseum.de.

Mar. 3-4: Schwetzingen International Easter Market
Each year four weeks before easter, more than 50 artists from all over the world will present artfully designed Easter eggs during the The Schwetzingen International Easter Market northwest of Baden-Württemberg, just south of Heidelberg. The participants come from Switzerland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, France, Russia and Germany and decorate the egg in different techniques. The market will be held at the Schwetzingen Castle Royal Gardens and is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost €6. For more information visit www.ostereiermarkt.com. Address: Schloss Schwetzingen, Northern Circle 68723 Schwetzingen.

March 10-11: Fellbach International Easter Market
Fellbach will host its international “Ostereierbörse,” or Easter egg market, at the Schwabenlandhalle event center. More than 180 vendors offer arts and crafts, ceramics, books, interior decorations, jewelry, paintings, baked goods and 11,000 artfully designed Easter eggs. The market includes demonstrations of Easter decoration; glass blowers, bookbinding and more. Child care and hands on-activities for children are also available. The market is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost €4. For more information, visit www.freizeit-kunstmaerkte.de. Address: Tainerstrasse 7, 70734 Fellbach

March 16 – April 2: Nürnberg Easter Market
Nürnberg’s annual “Ostermarkt,” or Easter market, at the Main Market Square “Hauptmarkt,” hosts 100 booths offering arts and crafts, ceramics, books, interior decorations and more. The Easter Market on Nuremberg’s is the first market event of the year and the oldest market in the city. The market is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., including Easter Monday, closed Good Friday (March 30). For more information in English, visit www.nuernberg.de.

March 25: Waldenbuch Easter Market
Easter activities and crafts for children and adults alike are highlighted in the Museum der Alltagskultur (Museum of Everyday Culture) at the castle, Schloss Waldenbuch each year on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter. Craftsmen show old and new techniques for egg decoration, and sell handmade products. For children, a petting zoo with Easter bunnies will be open, as well as workshops including baking and crafts. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The City of Waldenbuch (near Böblingen) also offers a lot of other attractions with an open shops on this Sunday from 1-6 p.m. For more information, visit www.museum-der-alltagskultur.de.

View more popular Easter Market day trips for Seligenstadt, Miltenberg, Maulbronn, and Michelstadt within three hours of Stuttgart, here, and www.ostereiermaerkte.de. For a list of all the Easter and spring markets in Baden-Württemberg, check out www.ostern-in-deutschland.de/baden-wuerttemberg.html.