What better way to start Spring than a trip to discover the colourful Easter markets? Countries in central Europe are known to celebrate Easter and Spring by holding impressive springtime events and activities, which includes indulging in local food at their markets. Take part and experience the culture while you enjoy the warmer weather and indulge in culinary delicacies.
Krakow: If there is one place you must go to in Krakow in the Spring is the Easter Market in the Main Square. Be sure to come hungry for local products such as marinated meat, dumplings and fresh veggies and get your sweet tooth ready for the amazing traditional sweets. At the Market you´ll have a chance to buy the famous hand-painted eggs that Krakow is known for.
Budapest: On the banks of the Danube River, old world grandeur and thriving cultural life awaits. Here, they don´t really call it the Easter market but rather the Spring Market. Held in Vorosmarty Square, you´ll be able to indulge in traditional Hungarian food, buy handmade crafts and dance together with the locals.
Prague: Open every day from the 5th of April until the 27th, the Prague Easter markets in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, are absolutely stunning. Local artisans display their crystal, jewellery, metal ware, wooden toys and amazing puppets and dolls. Large hams roasting on open spits, barbequed sausages and traditional Czech pastries will have you keep coming back for more. Surrounding the markets you´ll enjoy watching Young girls and women painting eggs using watercolours, beeswax, Straw and feathers. You definitely haven’t seen eggs like this before. On Good Friday and White Saturday, young boys get their rattles ready to “scare off Judas” and participate in the Easter Egg Contests.
So grab something to eat and drink, soak up the atmosphere and when you’re ready to freshen up, you´ll be a short walk away from your hotel. The NH Prague is located at the top of Smichov Hill, connecting it to the foot of the hill by cable car. You´ll be 1 km away from the Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, Prague Castel and Old Town Square, perfect for a mid afternoon stroll.
Vienna. Vienna takes Easter very seriously. From the 13th of April until the 21st it celebrates this time of year with concerts, opera highlights and amazing market places. In fact, there are four to choose from and each has its own unique vibe. From regal and ravishing at the Schoenbrunn Palace that also hosts the Marzipan Easter Bunny Workshop to simple and laid back at the market at Freyung Square, where you´ll be amazed at the amount of painted Easter eggs on display. The other two are the Arts and Crafts Market Am Hof and Kalvarienberg Market, both of which are great for discovering local handmade ornaments and getting a bite to eat before you relax back at the NH Wien hotel, nestled in the historical centre of Vienna and on Mariahilfer Strasse – the longest shopping street in Europe, also known for its cafes, bars and restaurants.
This year, make sure to celebrate Easter where it´s really happening.