Discover more than just chocolate at the Bratislava Easter Market; home to crafts, traditional gifts and hand-made souvenirs.
- When? late March - early April 2018 (Easter weekend)
- Where? Bratislava Old Town
- Price: free entry but take plenty of money to buy goodies from the stalls.
Why is it that just as we embark on a summer health kick, Easter arrives with all its chocolatey temptation? If you're looking for a way to celebrate without gorging on yet another crème egg, Bratislava's Easter Market has the answer. This four-day event is set in the heart of the city's old town and is the perfect place to shop for (non-edible) Easter treats, gifts and trinkets.
As well as festively decorated stalls, many of the shops feature window displays adorned with pastel colours and lace. One of the biggest local traditions are painted eggs - you'll see dozens of the intricately patterned shells hanging from windows and awnings. Visitors from Slovakia and beyond come to celebrate Easter-related; you'll also see traditional willow braches for sale.
It's not all shopping - culture lovers will enjoy the costumed characters and actors who tell traditional stories and legends. Musicians and performers line the streets, given a carnival, parade feel to the weekend. If you don't want to be tempted by the chocolate shops and stalls (unfortunately for your diet, sweet treats are still widely available) then there are plenty of Slovakian street food stalls and restaurants. Cooked ham and potato salad are popular Easter weekend choices; many cafes and market stalls also bake their own Easter cakes.
Bratislava Easter Market is conveniently located in the heart of the Old Town, so many of the city’s sights are also within walking distance. After you’ve appeased your inner Easter bunny, wander through the historic cobbled streets and alleys where you’ll find plenty of bars serving one euro beers. Booze is calorie free, right?
- Get there: To reach Bratislava, fly into Bratislava airport or take the train to the main station or Petrzalka station.
- Stay: Check out accommodation in the Old Town so you can walk to the markets and be close to other tourist hot-spots.
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