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Just a few blocks from Marienplatz, is the colorful and sense tempting Viktualienmarkt, Munich's daily outdoor farmers market. There are so many fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, pastries, flowers and other things being offered at the market. The displays are great and the quality of the food being offered is excellent. There are even beer gardens right in the middle of the Viktualienmarkt with locals and tourists enjoying beers evening before noon. The market dates back to the early 19th century from what we were told. Definitely something to browse through, purchase, and take back to your hotel or bed and breakfast for later in the day .
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).
Munich is about people
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.
The Ultimate Farmer's Market
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 Buildings including hospitals have been replaced by this huge market.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.
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.
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....
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.
Awesome Open Air Market
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
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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.)
If you are hungry for something they are sure to offer it here at the Viktualienmarkt.
A stones throw away from Marienplatz is Munich's Viktualienmarkt--an outdoor bazaar of all kinds of food and drink. You will find everything from apples to zucchini here!
Whatever your heart desires
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).
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.
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Feast for the Eyes
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.
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Viktualienmarkt is the city's main marketplace for the last two hundred years. Every day (except Sunday) you can buy delicious-looking fruit and vegetables, all kinds of cheeses, meats and other foodstuffs. Though not cheap, the quality is excellent. Right in the middle is a small beer garden.
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The "Viktualienmarkt", is a huge outdoor market selling everything from exotic to local fruits and vegetables, fish, meat (including horse and pony), flowers, and more. You will find fruits here that you won't find else where so it is a good place to buy.
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