When I first time visited Munich, it was 1st January 2014 . I was on a day trip and everything was closed for holidays. I did roam around the city, but failed to get the true vibe! This time while staying in Munich for two weeks, I made the most of it.
I love to eat 😛 and I love food markets. So, Viktulienmarkt , the famous food market of Munich was almost an everyday-visit for me. Whenever I go to Marienplatz, I do not fail to visit this market again and again 😀
Viktulienmarkt is primarily a food market, along with that there are shops for home decor, gardening and handmade beauty products from Germany, Austria and France. Viktualienmarkt evolved due to a decree issued by King Maximilian I on 2. May, 1807 who ordered that those parts of the market between Heiliggeist Church and Frauenstraße should be relocated and told the municipal authorities to demolish the buildings of the charitable Heiliggeist hospice which had been acquired by the city. The place was called “market place” for some time. It was only later that the word “Viktualien” meaning in Latin ” food”,came into use which stands till today.
The market have around 140-150 shops, selling fresh leaves, vegetables, fruits, exotic fruits, very nice quality cheese, muffins, apfel-chips, bread, poultry, flowers, mushrooms,fish, beers and fragrances.
Even if you do not buy anything, just roaming around the market itself is an experience. There are some nice restaurants and confectioners, though it is hard to get a place during lunch time. You can try some cheese muffins and raspberry cakes, if you have sweet tooth like me. I was really tempted to buy some lavender bunches, which is 5-6 euros usually, but thought of saving the money 😉 There are also a number of other fragrances, oils and hand made soaps. The butchers’ shops at the foot of Petersbergl sell meat and the famous Weißwurst, the white Munchen sausage. But I went in a shop, the person was so rude , I did not buy it.
You must try the nice cakes and bagels here. I love french breads, but bagels & pretzels are better is Germany. I had an unique one with chilly and cheese 😀
The market also hosts a number of traditional and folkloric events such as weighing celebrities, brewers’ day, gardeners’ day, , summer festival, dance of the market women and so on. But I was not so lucky to see one. Maybe I will wait till next time !
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