For a special experience, be sure to visit the Viktualienmarkt,
founded in 1807. Formerly a farmers’ market, it has evolved into a
shopping destination for gourmets. From Monday to Saturday, you will
find daily offerings of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, honey,
and flowers, as well as exotic spices and other speciality foods. The
market also features a small beer garden under the maypole and several
fountains with sculptures portraying popular characters from Munich’s
Statue of Roider Jackl, Viktualienmarkt
Markt am Elisabethplatz
in Schwabing, Elisabethplatz was named after the Austrian empress
Elisabeth (Sisi). This market, which is closed on Sundays, has been here
since 1903 and is the second-largest one in Munich. Along with fruit,
vegetables, cheese, sausage, and wine, market stalls offer many homemade
specialities. The small market café is especially attractive.
Markt am Wiener Platz
made-for-TV films shot in Munich use the permanent market stalls on
Wiener Platz in Haidhausen as a backdrop. Local trades people and office
workers drop by on their coffee breaks for a quick snack at one of the
indoor Großmarkt (wholesale market) has a vibrant atmosphere. Opened in
1912, the complex features four large halls. Several excellent
restaurants and pubs have established themselves in and around the
festivals, held here from the 14th century onward, evolved into popular
annual fairs (Dulten), and eventually into three nine-day fairs:
Maidult, in late April; Jakobidult, starting 25 July; and Herbstdult, in
late October. As aromas of roasted almonds and grilled fish waft
through the air, vendors loudly proclaim the virtues of their wares –
dishes, candles, patent medicine, and, of course, knick-knacks.
antique furniture, head to Antikpalast (Rosenheimer Straße 143). The
flea and antique market in Daglfing (Traberstraße 1) has a large
selection of glass, silver, porcelain, paintings, rustic furniture, and
more. Many treasures can also be found at the flea and antique market in
Munich-Freimann (Lilienthalallee 29).
Second-Hand & Flea Markets
for rummaging and strolling are the giant flea market on the
Theresienwiese in April and the largest open-air flea market in Bavaria,
on the grounds of the Neue Messe (Alfons-Goppel-Straße 3).
Perhaps a sign of the times, second-hand has gone mainstream, and “vintage” stores are springing up overnight.
Cindy’s Second Hand
markets are a long-standing and utterly charming tradition here. The
largest is held on Marienplatz, while those located in Schwabing and
Haidhausen offer the best atmosphere.
Fair and market around the feast of St Mary Magdalene in July.
Top 10 Munich Characters
Carnival entertainer (1860–1921), whose fame reached far beyond Munich.
Popular actress (1881–1965), a pioneer of radio programming and creator of the Ratschkathl character.
Trained as a shoemaker, he became a popular comedic music virtuoso (1871–1937).
Born Hermina Knapp (1892–1941), Minna was the Queen of Yodeling at Platzl.
Cabaret artiste Ida Schumacher (1894–1956) was the best Ratschkathl. She created the tram-track-crack-cleaning-lady character.
farmer’s son (1906–75) famous for his spirited performances of Gstanzln
– satirical rhymes set to music – and a master of barbed humour.
Pseudonym of Sigi (Siegfried) Sommer (1914–96), author of a popular column in the Münchner Abendzeitung.
Decked out in colourful costumes, she recited rhymes to delighted fans (1922–82).
A home-grown talent and local favourite (1926–90), he was a successful stage actor and adman for Paulaner beer.
Munich actor (1926–97), best remembered for his role as Monaco-Franze in the TV series of the same name.