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Viktualienmarkt

Munich

Germany

Contributed by 
Joe Erb
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
December 2, 2004
December 14, 2017

The main attraction of this open-air food market is the beer garden.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Roughly the size of a city block, Munich's Viktualienmarkt has everything you could want, from a number of good bakeries and cheese shops to a horse butcher (if that's what you're looking for). The Schlemmermaier sausage stand is great for lunch in the summer, perhaps followed by a trip to the beer garden. The soup stand is perfect even on the coldest winter day, preferably followed by a hot honey wine at one of the honey stands.

Access & Linkages

It is accessible by train, subway, bus and streetcar, and very tied into its surroundings. No cars permitted.

Comfort & Image

The market is crowded on weekends, and busy all year round. Clean and attractive, can't say as I've noticed a gender imbalance although there may be one during the week. Seating is available but a little difficult on Saturday.

Uses & Activities

Shopping, eating and drinking are the primary (only) activities. A wide range of individuals and small groups, although some tour groups I suppose. The easterly part is somewhat underutilized, I suppose.

Sociability

I would say 60% of the people at the market are locals at least, although "local" is relative in Munich (a city with many people from other parts of Germany and the world). It is a very important part of Munich and is definitely a source of pride and a regular meeting point.

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