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Note: This article was originally published in 2015, but has been updated with the 2016 Easter Market information. Enjoy!In Germany, the festivities and wildness of Fasching celebrations give way to more subdued markets and events in anticipation of Easter. An Easter egg market, called an Ostereiermarkt in German, is a wonderful way to see traditional (and not so traditional) artwork in the form of painted eggs for Easter decoration.
Last year, some friends and I wanted to visit Easter egg markets. We took a trip to Siegelbach, just up the road from Kaiserslautern, for their market at the Westpfalz-Werkstätten. For an admission fee of just one euro, we visited the small market, ate delicious cake, dyed eggs, and enjoyed ourselves.
I had attended a much bigger market in Seglientstadt the weekend before. The Siegelbach market was much smaller with 18 vendors versus the former’s 60. However, it was enjoyable in a different way: it had a homey, small-town festival feel.
Vendors start with various types of eggs, ranging from tiny quail eggs up to enormous ostrich eggs. Artists remove the yolks, clean the eggs, and paint them, some with traditional patterns; others with hyper-modern, geometric patterns. There were also eggs drilled with designs; blown glass art; stained glass; sewn Easter decorations; and even wooden eggs. One vendor sold personalized eggs; in a few minutes he finished an egg with the recipient’s name and a design for three euros per egg.
Another booth offered the opportunity to dye boiled eggs for a euro each. It was a really cool way to decorate them: we picked either a cut out design on a piece of paper or a fresh herb, wrapped it around the egg in a (new) piece of pantyhose, closed it with wire, and stuck it in a pot of dye. After a few minutes, the dye was set and the egg freed from the pantyhose to show the finished, decorative product. We had a fun time interacting with the ladies working at the booth. They didn’t exactly speak English and we are all beginners in German but we got our point across and laughed together.
At the end of our visit, we decided to enjoy some cake and beverages in the cafeteria. There was a large selection of lovely cakes. The cake was absolutely delicious and a steal at 1.50 euro, a sweet ending to our fun at market.
Tips for visiting Easter Egg Markets
- Bring euros as many vendors only accept cash.
- It doesn’t hurt to bring a bag and some packing materials for your purchases. Vendors will generally pack up your items but they might not always have a bag.
Tips for your Trip to Siegelbach Ostereiermarkt
2016 Market: February 27 & 28
Sauerwiesen 18, 67661 Kaiserslautern
Free and adjacent to the building.