The Viktualienmarkt is Munich’s premier place to shop for fresh produce, dairy, bread, and Bavarian specialties.
In the heart of the Viktualienmarkt, you find a beer garden; shaded by hundred-year old chestnut trees, this is a wonderful place to take a break from shopping and to watch the bustling market scene around you.
The beer garden, which sits 1000 people, offers hearty Bavarian specialties; try a pork roast with sauerkraut and dumplings, warm potatoes salad, or a “Brotzeit” platter with cold cuts and homemade artisan cheese. You can also bring your own food.
The original food market had been located in Marienplatz. However when it had grown too large for that square, the King, Maximilian I issued a decree in 1807 which resulted in it being moved to the south-east, in an area between the Heiliggeist-Kirche and Frauenstraße.
The Alms Houses and buildings located there were demolished to make way for the market square, this was later to become known as "Viktualienmarkt" or victuals market.
It is open all year, and operates from Monday to Saturday; each stall and cafe has differing opening hours.
A remind of the peasant and agricultural economic origins of the region is this charming and very well assorted open air market next to Marienplatz, between Heiliggheistkirche and Peterskirche. Here is raised Munich's big maypole (maypole is that kind of high multi-coloured mast raised in every village at Bavaria, an old tradition which shows the crafts and works held at the place for those who were illiterate in order to inform them).
Here you have a big amount of very well assorted places selling every kind of food imaginable. A pleasure for senses. You can even take your own food and eat it sitting in a biergarten while drinking a good beer. Bavarian quality of living!.
Viktualienmarkt is Munich's famous food market. With its maypole and its stalls covered with gaily coloured awnings, this has been Munich's central market since 1807. The booths and shops sell local vegetables, flowers, fish, fruit, herbs, cheese and drinks as well as some goods from other countries and some crafts. A very interesting place to walk around and partake in the eating and drinking.
One block away from the Rathaus and the huge mechanical clock is a very fine market called Viktuelienmmark. It is at the end of the pedestrian zone off the Marienplatz.
Since 1807 the city has made this a gem, so clean and tidy and the produce is simply awesome. They have so many types of vegetables that most markets never have, for example, we saw a vendor that had at least 8 different types of chili peppers. We saw some vegetables that I have never seen before. All of this produce is presented neatly and looks so clean and nice.
There are also cheese, and sausage (meats) vendors, some wine shops, and places to drink beer or have a coffee and food.
This market is large enough to wander around it for about an hour, and has a traditional maypole surrounded by a beer garden.
and..... if you look across the street and are in need of Starbucks... ha ha.. yes, there is one.
Hofbrau Haus is 3 blocks away from this market. However, the tiny coffee restaurant at the market is so much better and the specialties they serve with coffee are outstanding.
Behind the Marienplatz
Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Early morning, I am going for a walk on the Viktualienmarkt on my way to work. It's very cold but surprisingly no snow, which is exceptional this time of the year. The viktualienmarkt is a market place where they sell food products like: fruit, cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, wild products... The name Vitualien comes from "lebensmitteln" or food products. This is a very nice place to visit during spring and summer where you can enjoy a beer on a terrace or a freshly squeezed juice. In the background you see the church of the Holy Spirit. I can't wait to go there again to enjoy a beer in the summer.
This is a food and fresh produce market. Plenty of stalls selling ham, sausages, cheese, wine, fruits, pickles, flowers and bread. Ready to eat buns and burgers (both meat and fish) are available at modest prices. The place also makes a good photographer's temporary heaven. The colourful fruits and vegetables make it so, and the multitude of locals and tourists provide plenty of photo opportunities.
This market is alive with activity selling flowers, produce and fast food, but not on Sunday which is when these pictures were made. As you can see, it is closed. This was where we first encountered folk fare to eat. It was 30 years ago and was our introduction to Weisswurst (and later that night in a beer hall our first taste of Leberkase, which is even better) and where we became aware of the varieties of mustard. No pictures from those days; we could not even afford a camera or the ancillary viewing gadgets.
The Viktualienmarkt is a fun and unique way to spend a few hours. Yes it's very touristy...But isn't that what most of us are?
Buy a beer...I like the Hacker Pschorr from Der Pschorr located in the southwest corner of the Viktualienmarkt...And walk around looking (and sampling in certain instances) at the various items for sale by some very colorful vendors.
After checking out the Monkfish...you'll definitely get hungry...I stopped by the Bratwurstherzl on the east side of the markt. They serve wood-grilled barbeque sausages that are very tasty.
A beer...A Brat...And some fresh fruit...A great way to spend an afternoon.
We love wandering around street markets, especially those selling fresh produce. It's not only the sights, the sounds and smells but because it's where the local people do their shopping we're able to soak up some of the real off-the-tourist-path atmosphere of the place we're visiting.
This is a big market full of the most mouthwatering fresh fruit, vegetable and delicatessen produce, set in a traffic-free square surrounded by trees, so it's an oasis right in the busy heart of the city.
The Victualiensmarkt is a daily outdoor market that has just about everything from breads, coffee, soup, to almost every fruit, vegetable, or dairy product available. The area covered is approximately two square blocks and operates through all four seasons. On Rindermarktstr. one finds a row of permanent butcher shops (10 or so) that compete with each other. Across the street is Victualiensmarkt.
I took a number of pictures of the market, but accidentally erased them. I will take more when I return to Munich as soon as the value of the dollar goes up (I hope).
In 1807 King Maximilian I recognizing that the marienplatz food market was overcrowded ordered some vendors to a new area south of the city center. Over the years, this small market has grown to 22000 sq meters and houses 140 purveyors. Buildings including hospitals have been replaced by this huge market. We had eaten and just strolled along the stands offering fruits, vegetables, meat, cheeses, honey, flowers, fish, baked goods, most everything. There are next to no kitsch stands. Food can be taken out to immediate consumption and there is an adjacent large beer garden. The diversity of offerings is noteworthy and included some quite exotic items. Compared to prices in the US for comparable items, the Viktualienmarkt is not cheap. But the displays were superb. The market is, BTW, not as innocent as it appears with all the individual vendors - it is a munincipal company owned and managed by the City of Munich. I expect that early in the day this market is mobbed with local trade stocking up for the day.
There were several ( I now learn 6 ) fountains which feature the likeness of 19th and 20th C musicians, folk artists, and actors. Ida Schumacher, imaged here, was an Amsdorf native who is dressed as her most famous role as The Ritz's Cleaning Lady.
Elevation of maypoles is tradition in European countries extending back to the 16th Century. Most feature symbols of the craft and guild unions in the their localities. In Munich, the craft of choice is been and the symbols reflect the 6 major breweries and supporting industries like barrle makers in the city. At the adjoining beer garden, the beer offered rotates on a regular schedule and the symbols at the top maypole is accordingly moved up and down.
It was only a matter of a couple of hundred metres and I found myself drifting through a market. Every day this happened and I quite looked forward to it, poking my head in and out of the stalls (pic 1) that were filled with fresh and cooked produce. Nothing like the smell of some hot broth to revive your spirits on an overcast, drizzling morning.
In the middle of 19th century the place Schrannen (former name of Marienplatz) was no longer sufficient for market trade, it was moved to the current location now named Viktualienmarkt (Viktualien is an old german word for food).
Fruit, vegetables, flowers, milk products, eggs, fowl, meat, fish and game of very good quality you will find here. The area encloses not only local products, but also Mediterranian, Asian and Latin-American products.
Six fountain monuments of famous Munich national actors and national singers are distributed about the whole Viktualienmarkt (pic 3). The popular national actors Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt as well as the national singers Weiss Ferdl, Elise Aulinger, Roider Jakl and Ida Schumacher are to be seen here. I especially loved the statue of Mrs. Schumacher in her cleaning attire but sadly the photo has been lost.
At times the fountains are still decorated by the inhabitants of Munich with flowers. Every year on Shrove Tuesday the legendary dance of the market women takes place on the Viktualienmarkt.
The white-blue maypole in the middle of the place (pic 2) was donated by 6 big breweries in Munich which may dispense their beer alternately in the comfortable beer garden. The maypoles traditionally depict the trades that are available in the area.
This is a great place to check out the various food stalls. You can get all different cuts of meat, cheeses, breads etc... There are also lots of interesting fountains around the street here. The beer garden was pretty big and always packed. We would've stopped for a drink but there were never any seats open.
Enjoy a morning wandering through this pleasant outdoor market. Most of the booths are dedicated to food and crafts. Grab an apple! Be sure to wander along the butcher shops along the northwest areas of the market.