October for Onions

Normally, Weimar is quite a small, sleepy, cultural town.

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You get lots of tourist groups visiting and making getting around town more of an obstacle course than a quick walk. However, this all changes on the second weekend in October when the Onion Market (Zwiebelmarkt) comes to town.

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The Onion Market is a traditional market celebrating the wonders of the Onion and bringing lots of stalls and entertainment to town. It was the 362nd market this year. Here are some of the things we enjoy.

Things to Buy

There are lots of stalls for food, drink, decorations, clothes and much more. Most of the stalls sell something onion related:

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Onion Necklace

Onion braids and Onion People

Onion braids and Onion People

The braids and little onion people (called Zwiebelinchen) are nice for presents or decorating at home.

The other things which are nice to buy as presents is somthing connected to Weimar; like the Ginko tree. These lovely soaps and soap dishes from fleury based here in Weimar.

Fleury Soaps

Fleury Soaps

Things you will buy if you want to or not are things for the children! We spend Friday browsing and Saturday buying.

Things to Do:

Obviously walking around is interesting enough. There are many music stages and the programme is easy to find, or you can download the app. But if you fancy a change here are some other ideas:

Onion Market Run

Onion Market Run

  1. Run The Zwiebel Run. 10K or a half marathon through the park on a sunny day is lovely. I prefer the 10K (mainly because it is all I can do!) because this is two laps of the park, the half marathon is then four laps of the same run.
Big wheel Weimar Onion Market

Big wheel Weimar Onion Market

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2. Go on the big wheel. Day or night it is fun and nice to get a great view and some fresh air after being squeezed through all those people.

3. Make some Onion Cake (recipe here). It is quite easy to make, and you can cheat on the crust by buying pre-made short crust. Enjoy it with a nice glas of Federweisser, which is young wine and tastes more like grape juice.

Onion Cake and Red Federweisser Wine

Onion Cake and Red Federweisser Wine

3. And finally,if possible enjoy the Onion Market at night too. Book or bring a babysitter and try out some of these cocktails while listening to some music outdoors.

Onion Market Cocktails

Onion Market Cocktails

25 Years of Reunification

Free Newspaper to celebrate 25 years reunification

Free Newspaper to celebrate 25 years reunification

I remember being in an assembly at school and the headmaster showing us some stones. He asked us if we knew why he was showing them. Most of us thought that someone had thrown them into the neighbours greenhouse again and we were in trouble! Instead, he told us about the Berlin wall coming down and Germany being one country again. I was eight, so most of it I didn’t understand and I especially did not understand that without this event my life would turn out very differently. I would never have met my husband or had my children or live here at all if this had not happened. I’m very glad it did. Yesterday we had a bonfire in Kromsdorf to start the celebratory feeling.

Bonfire in Kromsdorf

Bonfire in Kromsdorf

Today we celebrated 25 years of official reunification (the border was first crossed nearly a year earlier in November 1989 in Berlin). In Weimar there was a very apt refugees welcome party which we went to and saw people from here and far having a good time together with music, food, dance and craft.

Refugees Welcome Party in Weimar

Refugees Welcome Party in Weimar

The sun was shining and it felt really positive to celebrate the end of GDR with an open-minded, global message of acceptance.

Welcome!

Prost!

Prost!

Welcome to the Heart of Germany blog. I will be writing about things that happen around me as I live here and raise my family. We are a family of four with two small children and a cheeky pug. Living as a Brit abroad can be interesting and challenging at times but the location and family make it all worthwhile. Some traditions are similar to England, some are very specific to the area and some are still very foreign to me but enjoyable to watch or be a part of.