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Hop to it! Easter markets abound in Germany

This egg has been dyed, then the designs were carved in it, and finally the straw star was applied. The technique comes from Hungary.

STARS AND STRIPES

By KAREN BRADBURY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 17, 2017

In Germany, a sure sign of the approach of Christianity’s most important spring holiday is the appearance of Easter markets. Painstakingly decorated eggs, many true works of art, steal the show at the best of these events, many  of which take place in monasteries or castles; markets organized in city centers often tend to serve more as a showcase for springtime home décor in general.

A charming town of half-timbered buildings nestled in the Odenwald, Michelstadt is the site of an Easter market March 25-26. Some 50 exhibitors show just how beautiful an egg can be, along with other seasonal décor, as craftsmen demonstrate their techniques. The market, located at Amtshaus in der Kellerei at Storchelwinken 1, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and entry costs three euros. Other upcoming markets include the International Easter Egg Market in Mannheim’s Luisenpark April 8-9 or the Easter egg exhibition at Kronberg Castle April 1-2, 8-9 and 15-17. Ronneburg Castle is the site of a Middle Ages-themed Easter market April 1-2 and 8-9.

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