Across the back of a row of the booths of the Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung Square) is a 40 meter (130 foot) long mural of the Passion of Christ painted for this 25th anniversary of the fair by Dorothea Neudorf. Happy Easter Continue reading He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed.
The Bratislava Easter markets are basically extra booths added onto the open air booths that are in two of the squares all season (Hviezdoslavovo námestie and Františkánske námestie.) The Bratislava market had almost no emphasis on food (except for a few stalls selling wine and olive oil, no tasting). Local Slovak handicrafts dominate, with a lot of decorated eggs and a strange Slovak item called … Continue reading Bratislava Easter Fair or a Spanking for Easter.
Around the perimeter of the Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung Square) booths sell handicrafts, I bought an olive wood egg. One sold live rabbits. The food market and the wine tasting booths were across the street. I have a picture of a group of umbrellas huddled around a round table. The umbrellas interlocked in a way that guaranteed the soggy diners … Continue reading Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung)
The Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung (Old Vienna Easter market at Freyung Square) was smaller and more interesting than the market at Schonbrunn. In the middle of the square is what is advertised as, 40,000 decorated Easter eggs are for sale. It seems like more. They sit in flats under umbrellas, each hand painted, or, in some cases, shells with designs cut into them. Broken egg shells … Continue reading 40,000 Easter Eggs
Vienna’s Easter markets are spin offs of their Christmas markets and are relatively small compared with their Yuletide counterparts. I had wondered how these markets dealt with the Lenten season of penance and fasting. They mostly don’t. The market on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace is the largest. It has an Easter House “Werkstatt” (work station) where children make marzipan bunnies and eggs. It … Continue reading Easter Market at Schonbrunn Palace