The Viktualienmarket dates back to the Middle Ages and is a great place to sample much of Munich's delectables. I would walk from stall to stall-unable to pronounce or recognize most of the fare, but pleasantly suprised when it reached my palate. There is a beergarden in the center of the outdoor market as well as stall where you can pick up fruits, veggies, flowers, fresh squeezed juices, wine, fish, sandwiches, soup or prepared meals.
We love street and food markets anyway, but Munich's Viktualienmarkt was an extra special treat. This market is very good selling everything from fresh meat to fresh fruit and vegetables, gormet wine to liters of beer, and neat gifts to strange canned goods. In the center of the market is Munich's Maypole which our Beer Tour guide later explained is essentially an advertisement for Munich's famous beer.
We arrived at the market early and set about collecting ourselves a nice picnic lunch of fresh bread, locally grown tomatoes, some unusual german cheeses, german reisling wine, and delicious cherries. With all that food packed away in our new Viktualienmarkt tote bag, we were all set for the perfect picnic lunch.
Although some shops open earlier and some close later, the general openning hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm.
Viktualienmarkt is a big marked square with stalls where they sell all kinds of foods, local handcrafts and other souvenires. The best part of if is the Beer garden, where you can have a beer, eat some of the food you bought of the stalls and people watch. There is always a lot of people even during winter.
Like many German cities Munich has a very lively market place, and here you will find it just to the south of Marienplatz in the famous Viktualienmarkt. Here there are many permanent, solid stalls selling all kinds of local produce, including cheeses, wines, fruit and vegetables. It's a colourful and bustling place, sometimes even late into the evening. It's also a great place to sit down and have a coffee, or even stop for a few at the market's own beer garden.
My travelguide claims that this is where Munich is the most "Munichy". I think that's only partly right. There are many locals doing their shopping here but I doubt that there isn't another market square somewhere in town where they aren't mixed with tourists.
Anyway, it's a nice place. I love markets, I enjoy the different stands and smells and to watch the people selling stuff. So of course I enjoyed Viktualienmarkt, too.
I know it’s boring to hear a tourist say that the Vikgualienmarkt is a must but it’s really true and why don’t you explore it by……….plane! This three man plane was suspended from a huge crane when I went to Vikgualienmarkt last time and for all I know, it still is. Go on, you know it makes sense.
Viktualienmarkt is a large market right off the Marienplatz containing several stores and stalls. It's divided up according to products: flowers, meats, cheese, seafood, fruit, etc. This is an excellent spot for a quick prepared lunch, or better yet, buy individual products and make your own (there are benches nearby or take it for a picnic). The meats are first class and you'll find just about any kind. Fruits are both locally grown and exotic (some of which I had never seen before in my life). Viktualienmarkt allows you a peak into everyday Munich life and feeds the tourist on the go.
An open air market that feels like a bazaar!
Lots of small shops all gaily 'decorated' with all sorts of food!
It was indeed a sensual experience with lots of colours, smells and fresh produce to taste. I enjoyed just wandering around the place and picking up cherries! :)
This open-air market place with several restaurants and beer gardens is very centrally located just a few steps from Marienplatz, which puts it just about halfway between Munich's two opera houses. (Well, a bit closer to the one at Gärtnerplatz, actually.)
The Viktualienmarkt is an open air market in the very center of Munich.
The "Duden", the official German dictionary, defines "victuaille" as an old word for food, equivalent to the English word victuals. Originally people were only allowed to sell their own products here, so it was firmly in the hand of the farmers from the towns and villages around Munich.
Today the goods sold at the Victualienmarkt, which covers around 21,000 m², come from all different countries of the world. What a feast!!!
We love to go there, shop for some goodies, sit down at the Viktualienmarkt beergarden, have a beer, eat our food and watch people!
Hours of business Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Viktualienmarkt has been open since 1807 when it opened as a small herb market. Over the past 200 years, it has developed into one of the city's biggest attractions. The location, just off Marienplatz, is perfect for attracting locals and tourists alike to its array of fruits, vegetables, flowers, all kinds of meats and cheeses and much more. There are some stands to get some tasty soups and snacks and, in typical Bavarian style, the whole place revolves around a beer garden that is marked by a traditional maypole with its characteristic blue and white stripes.
You'll also find a number of fountains in the area that commemorate local singers like Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt (personally, I've never heard of them, but if they have statues in their honor, I'm guessing they were pretty good).
A May Pole is a unique Bavarian custom. It's history dates back to the 16th century. A maypole is decorated with pictures of the main buildings and the main crafts of the village or even city.
It is also a tradition that men set up a small May Pole at the house of the girl he loves.
Nothing was more enjoyable then an afternoon sitting at a table outside at the Viktualienmarkt. Food stalls with everything imaginable, and once again, great white beer. Met an interesting Barvarian who entertained us all. For a snack lunch, lots of people watching, good conversation with great friends, couldnt imagine a finer afternoon.
For breakfast go to Viktualienmark and try a weisswurst (this white sausage) that should be eaten with only suesser senf (a sweet, grainy mustard) and brezel (a bready pretzel) AND NOTHING ELSE.
Did You Know?
It began with a mistake. One night in February 1857, Sepp Moser’s restaurant in Munich’s Marineplatz was overwhelmed with patrons demanding wurst. When Moser ran out of the standard sausages, he hurriedly stuffed some thin pig intestines with a pale mixture made mainly of veal and parsley. But he goofed and overfilled the casings. A glance at the puffy links told Moser that if he friend them, they would burst. But the shouts of hungry customers range in his ears, so Moser plunked the fat white links in hot water and simmered them until they were cooked through. And what did his hungry customers think of the new sausages? They adored them, and because of this fluke, the quintessential Bavarian culinary experience—weisswurst—was born.
Now to learn the proper way to eat this delicacy check the following link:
From the Marianplatz you can reach easily Viktualienmarkt, a big square market full of littles shops of Wurst(sausages), traditional handworking, fruit, flowers, chees .... all of hight quality and a bit expensive ...
The square if full of long tables at the middle where people sit to have theirs beers or eat ... as is usual in germany. I used to have wonderful fruit juice. I also loved the hot soups.
No matter the cold it is ... a small sun ray will make the square full ... incredible the amount of people you can see there together .. I was really impressed....