Easter market in St. Wendel features Easter Bunny village

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***The city of St. Wendel in the Saarland holds an Easter market today to Sunday.
In the streets of the historical part of town, Easter decorated booths are put up for about 80 vendors who sell handcrafted items. Visitors will find a variety of Easter decorations and gifts.
A special highlight is the village of the Easter Bunnies. Each year, the bunnies with their long ears lure thousands of visitors. The Easter Bunny families, made of poplar wood, are more than two meters tall. A local artist created different scenes surrounded by green grass and colored flowers. There is a rabbit kitchen, a rabbit school, an Easter Bunny orchestra set up near Bostalsee and rabbits playing cards.
Visitors, who like something more vivid, can make a stop at the petting zoo with real rabbits, sheep and little goats.
Another highlight is the multi-dimensional Easter crown decorated with 2,000 hand painted eggs and surrounded by blooming flower beds.
A giant Easter egg on Luisenstrasse houses a movable Easter Bunny living room in which hand carved Easter figures come to life.
Children can participate in special activities such as archery, can throwing and pea beating. They can also make their own Easter present and try their skills at doing craftwork with hay.
Sunday, the stores will open from 1 to 6 p.m. The local advertising association will give out colored Easter candles.
Amateur players will perform the passion play “Via Crucis” in German at 5 p.m. in Saalbau. More than 60 players perform in colorful costumes. Admission fee is 5 EUR.
The city parking garage and the “Parkhaus am Dom” are open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
St. Wendel is located on federal street B41, north of Neunkirchen, about 30 to 40 minutes from Ramstein.