Viktualienmarkt: A top sight in Munich

Der Viktualienmarkt im Sommer

Viktualienmarkt: shopping, food, beer garden and souvenirs

If you are visiting Munich, you have to stop by Viktualienmarkt in the center of the city to see the unique market has to offer:

The most important information at a glance

  • The Viktualienmarkt is one of the top sight s in the center of Munich
  • Not only can you buy fresh goods like fruits and vegetables here, but also eat excellent food
  • Worth seeing are the Maypole in the middle of the market, as well as the statues and fountains
  • For souvenirs, the Viktualienmarkt also offers some of the most ideal for your pleasure
  • Getting to the market is pretty easy, as once you reach Marienplatz with the S-bahn or tram, it's only a walk away.

What's on offer at the Viktualienmarkt

Obststände auf dem Viktualienmarkt

Over the years, the market has evolved from just a farmers' market to a popular market for fresh food and delicacies . It offers exotic ingredients that are not available anywhere else in the area, and is renowned for its diversity and size.

There are 140 stalls and shops offering flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, venison and chicken, eggs, butter, honey, fish, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, delicatessens, wine and tea assembled on an area covering 22,000 square meters.

Food, beer garden and souvenirs

Frühling auf dem Viktualienmarkt, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

Whether coffee from the coffee roastery, a soup from the Munich soup kitchen or one of the refined creations of the Caspar Plautz team - no one has to go hungry at the Viktualienmarkt. Especially for a snack in between sightseeing, the Viktualienmarkt is a tip. The beer garden is also extremely popular and perfect if you want to strike up a conversation with Munich locals.

The Viktualienmarkt is also a good place to buy souvenirs: from natural combs and shaving brushes to wooden kitchen accessories, lovingly designed Munich souvenirs and the finest patisserie - at the Viktualienmarkt you can find things that are only available in Munich.

Bavarian tradition: Maypole at the Viktualienmarkt

Reinheitsgebot auf dem Viktualienmarkt

The Maypole at the center, carries figurettes that display the trades and crafts from this part of Munich. Maypoles date from ancient times and represent a village or borough and its trade - also for traveling salesmen or craftsmen looking for a new master to learn from.

Maypoles are common to Celtic countries and therefore to Bavaria as well. They are also popular in some parts of England.

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A great blend of rustic and modern - the restaurant Haxnbauer im Scholastikahaus near Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt is a popular meeting place for Munich locals and guests from all over the world. The "Haxengrill" is the uncontested heart of the inn. Pork knuckles and veal joints seasoned with a secret mix of spices and grilled over beech wood charcoal are served as crispy delicacies. Typical Munich cuisine and contemporary meals are dished up in the historical building. See additional information here

History of the Viktualienmarkt

Stände auf dem Viktualienmarkt

When the city's food market grew too large for the Marienplatz central square, King Maximilian I issued a decree in 1807 to have it moved a few meters towards the south-east. It was erected at the square between Heiliggeist-Kirche and Frauenstrasse. Charity buildings that once belonged to the church were demolished to make way for the market square or "Marktplatz", which later became known as "Viktualienmarkt" or Victuals market.

In 1823, the market got larger again, and over the years a number of market halls were added.
Schrannenhalle, the precursor to today's "Großmarkthalle" or Great Market Hall, burnt down in 1932 and was reopened in 2005. A butchers' hall, fish hall, pavilions for bakeries and fruit vendors, stands for fowl and venison, and flower shops were added.

After World War II, the market place was revived by the city administration and the citizens of Munich enriched it with memorial wells for folk singers and comedians such as Karl Valentin, Weiß Ferdl and Liesl Karlstadt. It's worthy to note that water has always played an important role on the market square. In fact, 7 brooks, which were connected to the river Isar, flowed across the square years ago.

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