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In 1807, King Maximilian I decreed that Munich’s food markets needed to be moved from the Marienplatz to a larger area, which is now known as the Viktualienmarkt. Viktualien is an old German word meaning “victuals” or “provisions.” Today, this market is still the place to stock up, although there is now a much wider range of provisions to choose from.
The Viktualienmarkt is still primarily a food market. Its vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy products, honey, spices, seafood and more. The market also places an emphasis on stocking ingredients that are difficult to find. Browse around the 140 stalls and stores, trying out the local food. Make sure you sample a Bavarian delicacy called the Leberkäse, a type of meatloaf that is usually served on a bun.
A traditional element of the market is the large maypole in the center, which is painted in the Bavarian colors of blue and white. Maypoles were used in previous times to signify which crafts and industries are important to the local area. These emblems are still visible today on the Viktualienmarkt’s maypole. Visit on May 1 for traditional May Day celebrations. The market also plays host to traditional events. Visit the market on Shrove Tuesday to see “the dance of the market women.”
The Viktualienmarkt beer garden seats many hundreds of people and is regarded as one of Munich’s most central beer gardens. In Bavaria it is common for guests to bring their own snacks to enjoy with purchased beverages. Pick up some local cheese and sausages from the market and take a seat in the beer garden.
The Viktualienmarkt is open every day except Sunday. While in the area, foodies should also head to the Schrannenhalle, a former granary just next door that has been converted into a bright hall filled with coffee stands and delicatessens. Both destinations are just a short walk away from the Marienplatz.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lowenbrau, Karlsplatz - Stachus, and Koenigsplatz. Marienplatz and Theresienwiese are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Stiglmaierplatz U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gasteig, Alpines Museum, and Deutsches Museum. European Patent Office and Praterinsel are also within 15 minutes. Rosenheimer Platz Station is 6 minutes by foot and Isartor Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of German Theater and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Theresienwiese and Sendlinger Tor are also within 15 minutes. Central U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Theresienwiese U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Theater, Theresienwiese, and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt are also within 1 mi (2 km). Theresienwiese U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Central U-Bahn is 6 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karlsplatz - Stachus and Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche). Rathaus-Glockenspiel and Marienplatz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hofbrauhaus, Marienplatz, and Isar Tor. Viktualienmarkt and Odeonsplatz are also within 10 minutes. Marienplatz Station is only a 3-minute walk and Isartor Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theresienwiese, Marienplatz, and Viktualienmarkt. Hofbrauhaus and Deutsches Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Theresienwiese U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Marienplatz Station is 7 minutes by foot and Karlsplatz (Stachus) Station is 8 minutes.