From its prominent maypole to its abundant fresh local produce, the centrally located Viktualienmarkt is the embodiment of Munich tradition and culture. Locals swear by it, and many will not buy their produce anywhere else. More than 200 years after its origins, Viktualienmarkt has named as intangible UNESCO heritage in October 2015, recognition of the important part it has held in upholding the trading traditions of the city over the centuries, and if you want to get a flavour of the atmosphere of local Munich in the heart of the city, this is the place to be. And don't forget to buy - the produce on offer here is sensational, with many stall owners allowing you to try before you buy. Take a tour of Viktalienmarkt in the video below.
Founded by decree on May 2, 1807 by King Maximilian I, Viktualienmarkt takes its name from a Latin word for food, the farmer's market covers some 22,000m2, and its 140 stalls sella variety of quality wares, such as flowers, exotic fruit and vegetables, game, poultry, spices, cheese and fish, and despite being in the middle of the city, the market retains a cosy local atmosphere.
Thirsty after all that food browsing and shopping? A sizeable beer garden takes up a part of the square, allowing you to relax over a trademark Munich beer, while soaking up the very amenable atmosphere.
Time your visit well, and you could be in time for one of the numerous festivals which take place at Viktualienmarkt to celebrate the produce which has made it famous. Annual events include weighing celebrities, brewers' day, gardeners' day, opening of the asparagus season, summer festival, and the dance of the market women on Shrove Tuesday.
Viktalienmarkt is easily reached, lying just a few metres south of Marienplatz.