When it comes to international shopping, tourists can browse with the locals for deals present at different street markets around the world. From fish markets in Tokyo to flea markets in Paris, nearly every country has its niche bargain center. Beyond the year-round bazaars, outdoor seasonal markets are also a traditional venue for residents and visitors to celebrate the holidays with food, music and fun.
Just as Christmas markets are extremely popular amongst tourists, Western European Easter markets bring in crowds with their bright colors and festive treats. The Easter Market at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, is a favorite among both natives and globetrotters. This year, the 15th annual event ran from April 1-17.
The Schönbrunn Palace is open on a regular basis and provides access to visitors who wish to take a tour inside the palace, to roam through the gardens, and to browse through museum collections. Being the No. 1 tourist attraction in Austria, plenty of events happen on the palace grounds and around Schönbrunn, including its much-anticipated Easter celebration.
This year, with the largest and most picturesque market in Austria, the Schönbrunn Palace hosted a top destination Easter market. More than 60 stalls sold handcrafted products including clay bunnies, papier-mâché chickens and a variety of decorated eggs to spread the Easter cheer. Other traditional market products like jewelry and woodcarvings were also popular items for shoppers. On Sundays at the market, different jazz groups came to perform so customers could sway while they shopped.
With one of the most enchanting Easter egg hunts in the world, the Schönbrunn market is also one of the most kid-friendly venues of its kind. This past Saturday, children of all ages searched for eggs around the market and on the palace grounds in the Imperial Easter Nest Hunt. In keeping old Austrian traditions, other activities included the Easter Bunny Workshop where kids made marzipan bunnies and chickens, as well as created flower bouquets.
Of course, no trip to Austria would be complete without tasting some of its signature culinary delights. Different food stands provided visitors with a variety of satisfying dishes like wild boar, sweet dumplings and Kaiserschmarrn (a shredded pancake dessert), paired with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages for diners to enjoy.
This post was written by Gabrielle Cowand. Follow her on Twitter @gabriellecowand.