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Best Markets in Germany

Like many European countries there are generally two types: the food kind and the flea market kind, although some tend to merge a bit of both. Which can be a good mixture as there’s nothing better than to go out looking for some fresh veggies and instead return with a second-hand wooden chair. If you love vintage and old design you could conceivably spend hours in the German markets.

Food lovers likewise can find themselves in for a special treat. Most markets have food stalls with takeaways or finger food you can lounge around and snack on. You can find some great German breads and home-made cakes, or bretzels if you’re into something more salty. Really a bretzel needs a beer to wash it down though, and being that it's Germany you will find plenty of local beer available.

There are also Christmas markets as in most of Germany. If there’s a reason to brave the winter weather then the Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkts) are it. They contain gift ideas, traditional German Christmas foods and decorations in magical fairy-tale settings.

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Top 10 Markets in Germany

  • Street Food Thursday (Berlin): Around only since 2013 Street Food Thursday has already established itself as a bustling city market. Located in Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg it features local and international food vendors, and you can also try out some of Germany’s (and the world’s) best craft beers.
  • Turkish Market (Berlin): In Neukölln, you’ll find a Turkish market that’s open from mid-morning till evening on Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s a great place to go for herbs and spices, but there are fresh meats and vegetables and you can get plenty of Turkish street food too.
  • Mauerpark Flea Market (Berlin): If it’s knick-knacks you’re after then try Prenzlauer Berg’s Mauerpark flea market. The stalls offer books, new and old fashion clothing, DDR memorabilia (the park sits in the area where the Berlin Wall ran) bicycles and antiques.
  • Viktualienmarkt (Munich): This is a famous, permanent daily food market in the square in the centre of Munich. Allow some time to wander and sample Bavarian fare, try some fresh juices and check out local crafts and souvenirs. Closed only on Sunday.
  • Auer Dult (Munich): This festival/market is held three times a year on the square around Mariahilf church. Essentially a giant jumble sale which has over 300 stalls stocking anything from china to rare books to lederhosen. Bring children; it has horse riding and a merry-go-round. Lots of food for grown-ups.
  • Albertbrücke Flea Market (Dresden): Situated on the banks of the river Elbe this is the oldest market in Dresden and attracts around 500 stalls each Saturday. It’s known for offering a large range of antiques and curiosities with long histories.
  • Local Farmers Market (Heidelberg): A small market in Marktplatz in picturesque Heidelberg that offers a quality selection of food and bio products. You’ll find sausages (of course), along with fresh fruit and vegtables and flowers. Expect to pay a little more, but it’s worth it.
  • Kleinmarkthalle (Frankfurt): It’s right near Zeil the main Frankfurt shopping area and has an enormous range of food including meat, fruit and vegetables as well as an Italian delicatessen and Spanish tapas bar. You’ll discover almost every food delight.
  • Hamburg Fish Market (Hamburg): More than just fish, although that’s there in shoals. This market sells also meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as various fish snacks and nibbles. A fish-lovers delight!
  • Flohschanze Flea and Antique Market (Hamburg): Situated in a once-slaughterhouse, this market offers a top collection of antiques and flea market paraphernalia (books, crockery, bicycles, furniture, jewellery and clothing). The central location means it’s frequented by tourists and also contains a good selection of food stalls.

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Top 3 Christmas markets in Germany

  • Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt (Berlin): 600,000 people pass through this market and if you’re in Berlin around the festive time of year, then this is something you really should see. It’s a beautiful location and combined with the snow, lights and decorations has a fairyland quality. Buy a hot drink, walk around, and let fate take you where it will.
  • Munich Christkindlmarkt (Munich): This market is held near the town hall in Marienplatz. There are stalls, music and a romantic winter atmosphere. On display: arts and crafts, traditional cookies and cakes, bees wax candles and other gifts.
  • Nuremberg Christmas market (Nuremberg): Highlights of this traditional market include food offerings such as Nuremburg gingerbread, Nuremburg Bratwurst, and Feuerzangenbowle (traditional German alcoholic drink), as well as carriage rides, a traditional nativity play and Santa himself opening the event.