The Freyung Easter market holds a very special place in our hearts. Not only was it our first holiday market experience when we moved to Vienna, but it ended up being literally across the street from our home here, but we had no way of knowing that it would be the first time we visited it. I love the Easter markets and the Christmas markets in Vienna. I love how festive and fun they are, the feeling of neighborhood and community, the yummy treats and the sights, sounds and smells. I’ve been completely won over by the whole experience.
We have learned, however, that for the kids, it’s not always as much fun as it seems like it should be. There’s a lot to see, but so much that they aren’t allowed to touch. There are lots of snacks and treats, but even though we try to say yes when we can, they end up hearing “no” a lot. It’s usually pretty crowded, so they can’t run off and be free. It’s fun for them, but not for as long as it’s fun for us. We’ve learned that trips with the kids need to be short and sweet, and that if we adults want to go back and browse, we need to do it another time.
We made a quick family trip to the Freyung Easter market the weekend before Easter. We looked at the amazing displays of painted, carved and beaded eggs (real eggs!), listened to some live music, visited the bunnies (Benjamin has decided that the black and white one IS the Easter Bunny) and ate some roasted almonds. It was a short trip, but a fun one. Visiting the Freyung Easter market truly feels like a celebration not just of spring and of Easter, but also of our Vienna anniversary. I made another trip back later in the week to do some more thorough shopping, but we had a great time, all of us, just stopping by for a quick visit.