A big three-day market in Weimar, Germany, the market offers every imaginablething to do with onions

This weekend Weimar, in Germany, will be invaded by onions and onion lovers, because this weekend in the annual Weimar Onion Market. This year is the 360th time this event has taken place, and it has gained popularity of the years. Around 3,50,000 people visit every year. If you are not a huge lover of onions, do not worry, as the market is about so much more. As the market has been around since 1653 it boasts a lot of history, and a main part of the market is the historic medieval market. Here you will see people dressed up in traditional medieval dress, get a chance to play ancient games, or dance along to medieval music. Of course, for those that do love onions, there is a huge amount of onion produce and products on sale. All in all, it is a great weekend to see a beautiful city with a great atmosphere.

I of course understand that most people reading this will not be in Germany at the time this market is taking place, and thus will not be able to attend. However, do not worry, because there is still a way to feel a part of the festivities. Here is a recipe for Weimar Onion Soup:



  • 1 kilogram of onions
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 1 liter of vegetable broth
  • 100 grams of grated Swiss cheese
  • ½ tablespoon of caraway seed
  • ½ tablespoon of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon of salt
  • 2 whole-wheat bread rolls



  1. Peel and slice the onions and sauté in butter.
  2. Add caraway seed and vegetable broth to the onions. Bring this to a boils and cover. Leave for 20 minutes.
  3. Cut four slices from each of the bread rolls and toast.
  4. After 20 minutes, season the soup with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the soup into four ovenproof bowls, topping the bowls with two toasted bread pieces each and some cheese.
  6. Place in oven (at 220°C) for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Enjoy this Weimar Onion Soup with some medieval music playing and you will feel just like you would if you were actually attending the Weimar Onion Market!

Eline Jeanne, Editor (Food)

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