Saturday, March 8, 2014

Seligenstadt Easter Egg Market, March 8/9 & 15/16

International Easter Egg Market of Seligenstadt

March 8/9 and March 15/16 (12-5:30 pm on Saturday, 10 am - 5:30 pm Sunday), 2014
Parking is available adjacent to the Kloster at Aschaffenburger Str. 48 for 1 euro per day
Address: Klosterhof 2‎ 63500 Seligenstadt

Benedictine Abbey (white building) and Basilica on the right, Seligenstadt
 On March 8 and 9, as well as the following weekend on March 15 and 16, a lovely Easter Egg Market is bringing some egg-celent decorative pieces to the Benediktinerabtei (the Benedictine Abbey/Monastery) in Seligenstadt.

The market is held inside the Landschaftsmuseum, in the heart of the monastery. Visitors may enter to see both the museum and the decorated Easter eggs; adults pay an admission fee of three euros and children 14 and younger receive free admission.

Almost sixty vendors set up tables throughout the museum, displaying their artwork among the museum's displays. Different vendors will exhibit their goods the following weekend so the event promises a diverse and gorgeous showing of decorated eggs, just in time for Easter display.

During the first weekend of the event, a wide variety of eggs were available, including everything from traditionally painted chicken, goose, and even ostrich eggs to wooden eggs, polished to perfection. Eggs were decorated in many different ways; most were painted but some were were decoratively wrapped in wire or covered in faux jewels. Others had patterns cut into them with tools such as a dentist's drill, creating delicate-looking, lacy decorations.

Prices vary, depending on the size, quality, and detail of the egg. Starting from 5 euros for a small egg without extensive decoration, prices could go up to several hundreds of euros for extremely detailed eggs. Most eggs are between 15-60 euros and cash is the currency of choice so be sure to stop at the ATM first! Other gifts are available too, including arrangements of artificial flowers, spring-themed greeting cards and wooden cutouts.

It's worth a trip to Seligenstadt to admire the artistry and beauty of the eggs. A warning must be issued though: it's difficult to leave without buying several of the marvelous eggs!

Some lovely eggs from the Market
This entry is not a commercial; I just had a fun time at the market today and thought I'd write about it :)

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