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Onion Market 2023, Weimar Germany

13 October 2023 - 15 October 2023


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Dubbed the Teutonic Glastonbury by the Telegraph, the Weimar Onion Market, takes place each October in the architecturally stunning medieval city in Thuringia, Germany.

Hundreds of thousands of people are reckoned to descend upon this city of 65,000 residents during the festival.

History of the Weimar Onion Market

The oldest folk festival in Thuringia, the Weimar Onion Market dates back to 1653. In that year it was decreed that, during the second week of October, a large market should be established to display and sell agricultural products.

Held annually to this day in the Weimar Onion Market, the “humble onion” is the star of the festival and regions are encouraged to enter candidates to be chosen as the Queen of the Onion Market, representing Weimar at the festival and the town for one year.

What to expect at the Onion Market, Weimar Germany 
Onion Market, Weimar, Germany
Photo, c. Candy Welz

Hundreds of stalls in the main square will display a huge variety of onions and other agricultural products. The onions are sometimes braided or made into little dolls and cakes.

Goethe, lived in Weimar from 1775-1786 and then again from 1786, and favoured the onion braid. It is recorded that he had heart shaped braids of onions hanging over his desk. Just to give you the scale of this eye-watering product, in one year more than 35,000 onion braids were sold. Many of the stalls are highly decorated and add great colour to the event.

The festival is not only about onions and agricultural products however delectable they are, craft stalls sell pottery and woodcraft from the mountainous forested region of Thuringia with its medieval villages and Lutheran connections. There are many different beers to sample and food stalls abound. Music and street artists are also a great feature of the weekend. The atmosphere is so buzzing that it has been compared to a huge music festival.

Places to See in Weimar

Goethe and Schiller Monument
Goethe-Schiller Monument

Famed for its innovative development of art, and music Weimar – the starting point of the Weimar Republic from 1919-1933 – conjures up an image of creativity and free artistic expression.

Take time out from the festival to explore this classical World Heritage city, home to Goethe and Schiller, with its eleven sites designated to the Enlightenment and its Bauhaus connections.

The Schloss Belvedere is a baroque summer palace with a fine collection of 18th Century art and furniture, with landscaped grounds and a notable orangery. Also visit the Goethe–Schiller Monument, a bronze sculpture dating from 1857, as well as Goethe’s House and the ornate and newly restored Duchess Anna Amalia Library, with its excellent collection of manuscripts, books and music.

There are many places to stay during the festival weekend, but book soon (see below) as it is likely to be extremely busy.

Thuringa is part of the Cultural Heart of Germany with Saxony, read about Mark Bibby Jackson’s adventures in Dresden: Castles, Steam Trains and a Mickey Mouse Republic, or Things To Do in Leipzig: From Bach to the Spinnerei.

When is the Weimar Onion Market 2023?

From 13 to 15 October, 2023.

Onion Market, Weimar, Germany
The onions of Weimar, photo, c. Candy Welz

Where is the Weimar Onion Market?

Weimar, Thuringia, Germany.

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More information on the Weimar Onion Market

For more information on the festival, click here.

Things to do in Weimar and Saxony-Thuringa

For further ideas on what to do in Saxony and Thuringa, the Cultural Heart of Germany, click here, and for Weimar, here.

All images courtesy of Cover photo by Candy Welz.


13 October 2023
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