The city of Sankt Wendel, located in the state of Saarland, will hold its annual Easter market today through Sunday.
About 80 vendors and exhibitors will present and sell a wide variety of merchandise such as Easter decorations, woodcarvings, ceramics, pottery, glass, leather and steel objects and many other arts and crafts items.
“Over the years our diversified spring market turned into an insider tip for many visitors coming from all over the southwest region,” said Leonie Paqué from the Sankt Wendel office of arts and city marketing. “We offer the melodious Easter village, a colorful Easter crown, a giant Easter egg, a petting zoo, an Easter express train, arts and crafts items and many activities for children.”
The highlight of the market is the giant Easter crown sitting on top of the fountain on Marktplatz. It is made of 2,000 hand-painted eggs and surrounded by spring flowers.
Delightful Easter songs can be heard throughout the Easter bunny village and around the dome. More than 100 Easter bunnies made of poplar in the Erzgebirge mountains are placed in the bunny kitchen, workshop, restaurant, kindergarten and bunny school.
A local artist will present his exhibition of handmade Easter bunny houses in a tent behind the Rathaus.
“For 15 years now, Karl Heindl is working on this collection of fascinating figures set up in 20 different sceneries,” Paqué said.
Children have the opportunity to craft Easter presents, get their faces painted, try out pottery and take part in dancing while they make music and test their archery skills. A nostalgic merry-go-round will be set up on Schlossplatz.
Walking acts will entertain visitors in the streets. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance and pass out Easter eggs.
The Easter express will offer rides from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through the city. Each night, between 5 and 7 p.m., a night watchman will make his rounds with lanterns through the streets. To provide additional Easter shopping, stores will open from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“Each year, the special mix we offer at our Easter market lures many visitors from all over to our city,” Paqué said.
Parking is available in the city garage and parking garage next to the dome. Garage hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.sankt-wendel.de.