After what feels like ages, spring has finally arrived – just in time for the flea market season. On Saturday, 20 April 2013, it started with the biggest bric-a-brac market in Bavaria which is annually organised by the Red Cross on the first day of the spring festival. When the weather is fine, approximately 20.000 visitors are attracted by this jumble sale. The backyard and garden flea markets are also very special. They offer the chance not only to grab a bargain but also to gain rare insight into Munich’s (for the most part) stunning backyards. Don’t miss this opportunity! Here’s our pick of the best spots for flea market lovers in Munich. Get ready to spend some Euros!
Backyard and garden flea markets: explore the neighbourhood
Backyard jumble sales are a great idea and show Munich in a totally new light: Not every backyard is accessible to the public during the year. Strolling through the quarter in search for cheap things is the best way to discover the city’s urban heritage and hidden jewels – even in the immediate neighbourhood! The atmosphere can be compared to a family party where you have great conversations on ale-benches and where kids sell crêpes or cakes, coffee and tea for little money supervised by their vigilant parents. Mostly, court bric-a-brac markets offer little treasures in clothing, rare vinyl or jewelry. The more often you visit those flea markets, the more you will notice: It’s less about selling but more about learning to know your own city. Most markets open at 10 o’ clock in the morning. Some quarters, however, also offer dates on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. You’ll find more info about the deadline and an update concerning the individual backyards here: www.hofflohmaerkte.de und www.stadtfavoriten.de.
Flea market at Olympiapark München (Flohmarkt im Olympiapark München)
The flea market at Olympiapark München that is organised by the Bavarian Red Cross comes up with around 460 traders. It offers everything that is useful and useless from the past – it doesn’t matter if it’s clothing, toys or antique products. Basking in good old times and chasing bargains: this is what flea market friends are regularly allowed to do on Fridays and Saturdays on Olympiagelände.
Dates: Fridays to Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Address: Parkharfe im Olympiagelände/ Website: www.olympiapark.de.
Flea market München-Freimann (Flohmarkt München-Freimann)
The flea market München-Freimann opens its gates to the public even on three days per week. Between traders, who sell roasted chicken and fish, bargain and vintage chasers can have a look for rare antiques. And when your legs get heavy, a coffee in the neighbour café at Antipalast is the best medicine. Dates: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. /Address: Lilienthalallee 29, 80939 München / Website: www.zenith-muenchen.de
Flea market at Ostbahnhof (Flohmarkt am Ostbahnhof)
Since March 2012, there has been a revival of a very special kind at Ostbahnhof: After a break of almost ten years, the place is playing host to the flea market again. Every Saturday art, junk and rummage lovers can once again immerse into the world of especially rare treasures. The best thing: only private traders are allowed to sell their products. This reduces the chance that someone will pull a fast one on you. The bric-a-brac market on the terrain of Kultfabrik always takes place – even when it rains.
Dates: every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Address: Grafinger Strasse 6, 81671 München / Website: www.flohmarkt-am-ostbahnhof.de
Flea market: Nachtkonsum Tonhalle
The flea market Nachtkonsum invites morning grouches and night owls to shop and stroll in Tonhalle at Ostbahnhof at night-time. Nachtkonsum also gives long sleepers the chance to make it to the jumble sale. The night flea market takes regularly place in Tonhalle and, to special dates, in other places as well. Buyers and rubbernecks get the opportunity to search for second-hand unique copies until midnight. Music, food and drinks are supplied. Because of the big rush, exhibitors can make a reservation beforehand.
Entry: 3 euros.
Address: Tonhalle München, Grafinger Straße 6, 81671 München / Website: http://www.nachtkonsum.com
Flea market: Flohpalast
Good news for all flea market fans who can’t get enough of rummaging in the past: Flohpalast is open on six days of the week. It takes place in a normal shop where private people can rent a shelf and let others sell their treasures. This flea market is probably the most exciting in Munich because the range of products changes daily. And the best thing is: there are two of them.
Opening times: Mo – Fr 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sa 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Address: Theresienstr. 81, 80333 München and Berg-am-Laim-Str. 89, 81673 München / Website: www.flohpalast.de
Kavalleriemarkt in Munich
Kavalleriemarkt in Munich makes the hearts of nostalgics leap for joy. Products from the Middle Ages, stylish billboards as well as art and brummagem of all types are offered here. The organisers of Stadt und Kunst e.V. regard the market as an own, new district and create a perfect combination of a flea market, international food courts and show programmes with impostors and jugglers.
The market is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Every second Friday there is a night flea market on the programme which takes place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Furthermore, there is a “Sunday walk” on every second and last Sunday per month. The children’s flea market is new this year: On 13 April, “KI-Kri-Kra” was launched and delights young and old. Address: Kavalleriemarkt, Schwere-Reiter-Straße, 80797 München / Website: kavalleriemarkt.de
(Pictures: Mark Max Henckel, flickr.com; hsing nice, flickr.com)