If you find yourself in Germany around the Easter holiday then make sure to add the famous St. Wendel Easter Market to your list of things to do.
Every year the beautiful town of St. Wendel holds their famous Ostermarkt for one weekend. Families come from all parts of Germany to share the excitement over this great weekend celebration. The town goes all out with decorations and treats. You can be sure that you won’t be disappointed.
Since we are spending our first easter in Germany we decided to take in as many traditional events we possible could. At the top of our list was the St. Wendel Ostermarkt. We have heard wonderful things about it and were excited to check it out.
At the center of the festivities you will find the large crown made out of many beautiful hand painted eggs and spring flowers. This was the perfect spot for a family photo opportunity that would make great family Easter cards. The crown was surrounded by cafes and vendors selling special handmade items.
The market is filled with vendors selling everything from easter decorations, homes goods, and food. You can be sure you will find the perfect handmade gifts and survivors for yourself as well as family and friends.
They have a few attractions that the kids will love. They had a carousel for the kids to ride as well as many elaborate easter bunny scenes telling the story of easter throughout the town. One area had activities that kids could take part in. There was a blacksmith stand where kids could help create metal items. Another section had a petting zoo with bunnies. This market was very kid friendly.
When you attend a German market you can be sure the you will find some very tasty food and drinks
Make sure you come to a German market hungry so that you will have room to try all the delicious food. The markets bring out some vendors that have special treats that you can’t miss out on! There were many vendors selling the usual tasty treats such as crepes, pretzels, brätwurst and so on. There were also vendors selling handmade chocolate bunnies and other animals. One of our most favorite treats to get at markets are the chimney cakes. They are delicious and a true favorite. Part of the excitement of these treats is getting to watch them being made! You also get to choose what you want one them. The popular (and my favorite) choice is cinnamon and sugar.
Be sure to check out one of the easter market drinks for adults. They offer glühwein which can be described as hot wine that has been spiced with cloves, cinnamon, citrus fruit, star anise. It’s very delicious and if the weather is still cold then you can be sure that this drink will warm you right up! On to my favorite drink. The heiße schokolade otherwise know as hot chocolate (also offered in a non alcoholic version for the kids) with amaretto for the adults. This drink was my favorite. By far the most amazing hot coco I’ve ever had. All the drinks are served in mugs. You pay a small deposit that is returned to you when you return the mug. Since a lot of the mugs are decorated for that particular market we find that it makes a great seasonal survivor from our trip so we decide to keep them.
St. Wendel Ostermarkt was a wonderful experience for the whole family. We had a stroller with us as well. Some parts did get a little crowded but easily felt with. We saw quite a few strollers and lots of children at this market. I highly suggest adding this easter market to your list of things to do in Germany. We loved it and know you will too.
Have you been to a German Market? Which was your favorite?
We hope to visit this market again in the future.