Germany's Easter markets, with their hand-crafted products and traditional customs, are one of the best ways to welcome the spring.
If you want to experience this vibrant celebration of tradition for yourself, you should visit Germany in spring to discover centuries-old customs, enjoy lively festivals and meet fascinating people. Each region celebrates Easter in its own way, for example with bonfires, horseback parades and egg rolling – events that have both Christian and pagan roots. No matter where you are in Germany, from a small village to a large urban centre, you are certain to encounter one of the popular Easter markets, where stalls selling hand-crafted items and regional and traditional specialities draw in the crowds. For example, the district of Spandau in Germany's capital, Berlin, will host the 12th medieval Easter festival at Spandau Castle from 31 March to 2 April. The Easter market in Bad Tölz, which runs until 2 April, invites you to browse its many stalls offering hand-painted and hand-decorated Easter eggs, traditional palmbuschen bouquets, hand-woven baskets and many other treasures.
Spring has sprung in Germany's market squares
Also running until 2 April, the Häferlesmarkt Easter market held on Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg's central square, kicks off the city's market season. And in many of the towns and villages of the Spree Forest in Brandenburg, decorating Easter eggs using old Sorbian techniques is very popular. The Easter flower market held in Greifswald on 31 March transforms the town's historical market square into a fragrant ocean of colour. A great opportunity to immerse yourself in local traditions. For further information, visit www.ostern-in-deutschland.de.