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In Transit Blog: Sampling the Easter Markets of Prague

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Frisky young lovers, barbecued pork and rows upon rows of colorful hand-painted eggs are all part of Prague’s pastel-hued Easter markets. The old tradition of men playfully swatting their paramours with artfully decorated willow sticks in exchange for plum brandy and painted eggs is a beloved part of the seasonal fun. These Easter “whips” (or “pomlazka”), along with numerous other unique souvenirs, can be bought from little wooden booths that will line many of the city’s public squares through April 15.

Festive outdoor markets can be found in just about every city borough, including the popular Vinohrady and Zizkov neighborhoods. But the market on Old Town Square is by far the largest and busiest. Set against the square’s imposing Tyn Church, local venders hawk handicrafts, jewelry and crates full of colored Easter eggs, while children perform song and dance routines on the main stage.

“The Easter market on the Old Town Square is the biggest one in the Czech Republic,” said Zuzana Uhlikova, a spokesperson for Taiko, the company responsible for organizing the city’s main markets. “We place great emphasis on the decoration and the whole atmosphere of the markets.”

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., the market allows visitors to participate in various workshops, from egg painting to willow stick weaving. There will also be plenty of stalls offering traditional Czech cuisine and a wide assortment of local beer on tap.


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