Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

 

Whenever we’re travelling in Europe we always try and stay in the older parts of a town or city as we love the character and charm of the old streets and buildings. Our Munich hotel, the Platzl (which deserves a post of its own so will tell you more then) is at the end of Sparkassenstrasse, just a couple of minutes walk from the Marienplatz. Β Straight down the road from the Platzl, we found ourselves at the entrance to the Viktualienmarkt (victuals market). The colours of the pretty stalls, not to mention the assortment of delicious produce, brightened up a rather dull Munich morning when we went in search of some souvenirs.

If you’re coming from the direction of the Marienplatz you’ll find the markets behind St Peter’s Church. You can spot it from a distance by following the distinctive maypole in the centre of the market.

Maypole in the centre of the Viktualienmarkt Munich

Maypole in the centre of the Viktualienmarkt Munich

The maypole displays figurettes of the trades and crafts in this part of Bavaria. Originally the Viktualienmarkt, which dates back to the Middle Ages, was held in the nearby Marienplatz (main town square). However by 1807 it had become so big that King Maximilian 1 issued a decree to have it moved a little further south east to its present location (just a stone’s throw from the Marienplatz though). There are now about 140 stalls, which sell the most delicious looking local produce from fruits, vegetables, cold meats to luxurious looking chocolates and all manner of condiments! Fresh flowers, wines, beers and pretty ornaments and decorations – you will find a great array of things here!

Honighaus Viktualienmarkt Munich

Honighaus Viktualienmarkt Munich

We loved the idea of the Honighaus, even the name sounds delicious, and debated long and hard whether to risk taking some honey back home to Australia with us. However the thought of a mishap with a jar of honey on a long plane trip was too awful to contemplate and we didn’t fancy lengthy explanations to Australian customs officials either, so sadly had to give it a miss. Monsieur Le Chic particularly enjoyed the fresh honey cut from a honeycomb every morning at the Platzl breakfast buffet, which the chef probably got from the market just down the road!

The honeycomb was a daily feature on the breakfast buffet at the Platzl Hotel

The honeycomb was a daily feature on the breakfast buffet at the Platzl Hotel

Fortunately a little further on, we found a lovely stall selling all manner of chocolates, sweets and nougat so made some purchases here! Monsieur Le Chic loved the idea of the beer glasses filled with orange lollies and topped with marshmallows for froth – they did look quite realistic. In the end Monsieur settled on a miniature one to bring home.

If we had been staying in an apartment in central Munich rather than a hotel, we would have bought a lot of our daily produce from the markets. The range and quality looked excellent.

The Viktualienmarkt opens Monday to Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. It is closed on Sundays. There is also a beer garden set amongst the cobbled stones of the market, which is a popular meeting spot and a good place to sample some of the local Bavarian fayre. The beer garden opens each day, except Sundays, from 9 am to 10 pm. Adjacent are a number of stalls and fast food outlets selling typical Bavarian dishes such as ubiquitous “Wurst” (Sausage) or Schweinebraten (roast pork).

Beer Garden Viktualienmarkt

Beer Garden Viktualienmarkt

We had a wonderful time wandering round the Viktualienmarkt at a leisurely pace and browsing through the various stalls. If you enjoy exploring markets, the Viktualienmarkt is a must do in Munich!

 

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31 thoughts on “Viktualienmarkt Munich

  1. The old part of a city is always what attracts me the most.. the cobbled narrow streets, the old and nice buildings… I love the atmosphere. I also love market because it’s always possible to buy street food over there πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes I always head straight for the “Altstadt” Gin – there is something special about them just love the atmosphere. There was so much food to choose from at the Viktualienmarkt some of it expensive but also cheaper street food – really you could find anything there! πŸ™‚

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      1. I love buying fresh food at the market as well, but unfortunately, when you have a long flight ahead, it may not be the best souvenirs ever !

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        1. Definitely not – you can bring in non perishable packaged goods such as chocolate though which is ok with the customs officials. Love my chocolate πŸ™‚

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  2. That is sound advice. Much better to stay in the centre than in a modern corporate hotel.

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    1. I think so Andrew – there are lots of hotels round the Munich Hauptbahnhof area and we could have easily picked one of those. Am so glad we didn’t as it would have been a good 20 minute walk to the Marienplatz and old town centre from there and really you could have been staying anywhere in Europe plus it was nowhere near as nice as the old town centre. Altstadts are the way to go in my book!

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  3. I could just wander around a market like that all day Rosemary – the range and colours are incredible. Love the look of the beer glass lollies too – think we would have left with one as well! Good tip on the hotel, anywhere that has honey served like that is pretty special.

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    1. The hotel was an excellent find Joy so I will do a post on it. It was such a great way to serve the honey! We stayed 9 days at the Platzl and by the last couple of the days the honeycomb had really gone down – fortunately they then brought another one out! Apparently the markets are wonderful at Christmas – the Christmas market proper is held in the Marienplatz but the Viktualienmarkt has loads of Christmas produce, decorations etc too. I’d need some gluhwein to keep the cold at bay though! Enjoy your long weekend! πŸ™‚

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      1. We went to the Christmas markets in Munich and Nuremberg a couple of times before our son was born (can’t remember if we made it to the Viktualienmarkt but definitely one for the future) and had a great time Rosemary – the Gluhwein is absolutely recommended to keep the cold at bay!! Hope your weekend is a great one too!!

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        1. That must have been a fabulous experience Joy!! Yes the only thing that would put me off is the cold but as long as there is Gluhwein I’m sure I’d manage somehow! I saw some pictures of the Viktualienmarkt at Christmas and it looked so lovely πŸ™‚ Our younger daughter went to the Christmas markets in Berlin, Budapest and Cordes Sur Ciel on France and she brought me back some special ornaments and decorations, which look so pretty at Christmas time (in fact I keep them out all year as I don’t like to put them away in a box!). I will definitely plan a trip round visiting the markets one year! πŸ™‚

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  4. Looks lovely. I love markets…(Suzanne)

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    1. Thanks Suzanne it’s a great place to wander around and I love markets too! πŸ™‚

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  5. KerryCan says:

    Going to this sort of market is always a treat, no matter what city, in what country!

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    1. Yes it’s such fun isn’t it Kerry? You would find so many beautiful things there – it wasn’t just food and drink products but all sorts of hand made ornaments and pretty decorations. However, I couldn’t bring too much back as my suitcase was already full! Hope you have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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  6. Lucy says:

    So much color and beauty! You made me miss Munich πŸ™‚ Such a lovely post! Markets are always a place full of life. I’m glad you had a great time. Many hugs!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! Did you used to live in Munich or just travel there? It’s a beautiful city and the markets were great – I could have spent a lot more time there! Definitely hope to go back some day. Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Lucy says:

        I’ve been there a few years ago, for a week. I absolutely loved it πŸ™‚ I’d also love to see it again one day. My weekend was kind of busy, a lot of studying and running around, but it’s good. Hope you had a peaceful one. x

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        1. It’s a lovely place and certainly I’d like to go back when I didn’t have the flu next time! Had a nice weekend too catching up with family and friends and beautiful weather πŸ™‚

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  7. I do love a good food market, and I think the German’s do the best around Europe, particularly around Christmas! But I love all the wonderful produce on offer as you lovely photos show. The honey looks wonderful, but can fully understand why you didn’t want to risk taking any back!

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    1. I’d love to see the German Christmas markets one year – they must be amazing! I just had visions of honey everywhere not pleasant when you’re travelling!!!

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  8. Like the look of that!
    A spot of breakfast, wandering around a market, then some local lunch, one of the best ways to spend a day for me

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    1. It’s a lovely way to spend some time isn’t it? There will be lots of wonderful markets for you to visit in France! I love browsing I find it relaxing though Monsieur is not so keen – he did like the Viktualienmarkt though!

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      1. Mt Reno man only interested if markets carry old tools, cameras , watches or Hifi equipment!!

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  9. Amy says:

    We visited there a couple years ago. Thank you for bringing back the wonderful memory.
    Beautiful photos of this beautiful city. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s a beautiful city isn’t Amy? Am glad to share the photos with you and bring back happy memories. Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

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  10. colibrist says:

    I also like to explore the old part of the cities (for the history) and the markets (for the daily life). The beer glasses look lovely, such a fun idea! It is good you could enjoy Munich after the flu… it is so annoying to be sick while traveling!
    Happy travels! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Laia am sure you’ll be finding lots of wonderful markets on your travels! They are great for fresh food as well as souvenirs. Happy travels! πŸ˜ƒ

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  11. Old parts of the cities, is also my favorite. I love markets as well! This one looks fantastic, and it seems like it was many delicious things to buy for eat, which is the best πŸ˜€

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    1. You could certainly live well here Hanne – there are lots of gourmet stalls which sell high quality produce. If we hadn’t been flying home I would have bought so much more! I just love these old parts of towns and cities too so much character and charm πŸ™‚

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  12. What a ‘picture perfect’ market Rosemary! Crisp, clean, symmetrical, colorful and best of all, yummy looking. I could have spent hours hanging out their. The maypole is gorgeous too!

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    1. Hi Lisa good to hear from you – hope your latest sailing adventure is going well! It was a lovely market and the food well….. you could have spent a small fortune there and the array of things to choose from was quite daunting! Where to start? I thought the maypole was gorgeous too – just a lovely touch to symbolise all the crafts and trades of the region. Next time we’d like to go to the beer garden that looked a great place to hang out too! Hope your trip is going well! πŸ™‚

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