Lots of them. More eggs than an omelette factory. Eggs in a myriad of colours and designs, ready to hang on your Easter tree.
The centre of this small market is traditionally dominated by the “Ostereistand”, with box after box of painted eggshells and egg-shaped decorations. You can even buy ostrich eggshells to decorate at home.
It’s worth taking a few moments to browse the displays, as some of the egg designs are quite beautiful. You can see some in the Easter markets slideshow below (I was very taken with the sheet-music themed eggs):
This centrepiece – together with a giant painted egg – ensures the market has a genuine Easter feeling to it. This is helped by the workshop/stage area, where, for example, kids can decorate their own polystyrene eggs.
There’s even a real rabbit, though he/she failed to produce any eggs all the time I was there.
These Easter-themed displays balance the more generic arts and crafts flavour in the rest of the market (though you will find egg-shaped candles, Lebkuchen rabbits and similar).
The craft stands are high quality, featuring toys, painted wooden shop signs, crockery, jewellery, clothes, leather items and more.
And no seasonal market in Vienna is complete without food and drink. This is a great market to stock up on specialties, like mustards, vinegars, oils and honey. Try, for example, some sharp Bergkäse cheese (my favourite).
Be sure to cross the road to the adjoining organic farmer’s market, too. Youthful acolytes and wizened old mountain folk serve up a delicious cornucopia of organic fare: pickles and pate, cheese and cakes, sausages and salami, breads and beers. It’s a good spot to stop for a snack and a glass of organic Austrian wine.
How to get to the Freyung Easter market
The market is very central and about a five-minute walk from a major station (Schottentor). Just go south from Schottentor down Schottengasse.
Subway: U2 to Schottentor or U3 to Herrengasse.
Tram: 1, D, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 and 71 to Schottentor.
Bus: The 1A bus to Teinfaltstrasse (the stop is next to the market).
Address: Altwiener Ostermarkt, Freyung, 1010 Vienna
Website: http://www.altwiener-markt.at/ (some English)
View the Easter markets map: