I fell in love with Vienna for the first time a few years ago, after seeing pictures of the city’s famed Christmas markets on some of my favorite photographers’ travel blog. I was a little bit sad when my plans to arrive landed me here just a few weeks after the Christmas markets were over. About a month ago I heard someone mention Easter markets, and I got weirdly excited about them — the next best thing!
Vienna gets really into Easter. Like, REALLY into it. They decorate trees with elaborately painted Easter eggs and everyone puts them in their windows. I had never heard of an Easter tree until I came here. They’re actually really beautiful! Walking around the Innere Stadt this time of year, you’ll find that most shops have an Easter tree displayed.
There are 3 Easter markets in Vienna, and I visited each of them in the last 2 weeks. The traditional Ostermarkt Freyung was very lively, with music playing, tons of food stalls, and Europe’s largest collection of Easter eggs (40,000!). There was a large beautifully painted egg that spun in circles, and all the children were having fun playing with it. Just a little down the street from Freyung was Ostermarkt Am Hof, that focused more on art and handmade crafts. The fact that the yellow Schönbrunn Palace kind of looks like an Easter egg made it an awesome backdrop for the last Easter market, which had a little bit of everything. Waffles, kaiserschmarrn with plum compote, candied pecans, pretzels, sausages, pastas — you could get pretty much anything you wanted at any of the markets (I got a Nutella waffle one day & kaiserschmarrn the next – mmm). All of the markets were such a blast.
Thank you, Vienna, for always having another surprise up your sleeve.