Spring in Germany traditionally starts with the season of junk markets that are called Flohmarkte. You can find everything here, including the music instruments, records, toys, jewelry, books, plates, retro-souvenirs. Believe it or not, the junk markets in Germany are the biggest feasts. They are conducted in all big cities of the country. The people from the small towns and provinces also come to visit them. It often happens that the markets are named after their public status or other specific feature: the biggest, the longest, oldest in Germany. The market wakes up very early. It occupies the territory for hundreds of kilometers.
Visitors and Thematic
The junk markets mean a lot for Germany. This is a ways of self-expression for locals. They like to trade and feel joy from every small thing that it was sold. You can find the small season markets and big markets for big cities. You have to pay to take part in the market sale. As a rule, the most of tourists like visiting big traditional junks as each of them includes the complex of interesting events, national atmosphere, colors and traditions.
There are also interesting Flohmarkts which are usually organized by the kindergartens, schools, church organizations and youth centers. You can find everything you need for kids: furniture, toys, clothes, bicycles, baby carriages. Everything is for good price. It is a good idea to by second-hand clothes for kids. Sometimes, you can find the kind of junk-market at school. It is called Spenden-Flohmarkt, when all students bring something for sale from home. The money they get must be given to the school needs and organization.
Right Time to Visit the Junk Market
It is better to visit the junk market in Germany in the early morning, 7-8 a.m. Thus, you have a good chance to buy something unique. Locals usually come at 5 a.m. to get special things just from the boxes. The most of the markets works till the evening, 4 p.m. Hurry up!
Things to Buy and Sell
Unlike the common opinion, you can buy many interesting thing in the junk market, but not only the antique goods and old souvenirs. The junk market gives you a chance to meet new interesting people and buy clothes, household goods (vases, teapot, plates and cups, souvenirs toys, board games and many other things. The most of things are still in a good or very good condition. People sell their stuff not because of money but because they want to give something they don’t need for cheap. This is a good way to get some free space in their houses.
Rajnaupark Flohmarkt, Bonn
This market is considered to be the biggest in the country. More than 1500 sellers come here every year to welcome more than 200 000 visitors. It occupies the territory of 160 hectares. The assortment is toys, kitchen and household equipment, clothes, coins, ceramics, rare books and other things. The price to trade is 7 EUR.
Schaumainkai Flohmarkt, Frankfurt
If you want to come to the market early, you have to hire a car in Frankfurt to find the popular street Schaumainkai without problems. The market occupies the territory of the local museum to offer to buy antique things, souvenirs, disks, video games. There are many cafes and street-food points around the market territory. It is very convenient to have breakfast with the river view.
Karlsplatz Flohmarkt, Stuttgart
The market works regularly every Saturday from 8a.m. till 4 p.m. You can buy the furniture items, ceramics, old photo cameras and accessories. The new things are prohibited to sell here. The thematic market is organized once a year.
Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt, Berlin
You can find different junk markets in Berlin every year, year after year. The local markets welcome you with the rich assortment: vintage handbags, clothes, antique things, music disks, lamps, electronics and many others. The most exciting place is called Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt, offering the hippie assortment: clothes, accessories, bright blankets, pieces of arts.
You can find a lot of stuff for kids here: toys, clothes, baby carriages, useful electronics. This is also a unique chance for kids to present their toys to other kids to get something in return.
Munich Junk Markets
Munich is a city of many different junk markets. The most of the markets is specialized in antique things or kids’ stuff or something else. Looking for something special, you may easily find the information in the internet.
The every year junk market is considered to be the biggest in Germany. More than 80 000 of visitors came here in 2016. It is usually held once a year, every first Saturday of spring. This is also the time for Fruhlingsfest – the spring festival. The market works from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. as always.
This place is the biggest market place in Germany to buy antique goods. It is situated in the east from Munich. It is held every Saturday from 6 a.m. till 4 p.m. There is an official website, where you can find all necessary information. By the way, the most of the junk markets in Germany has their own websites.
Flohmarkt im Olympiapark
This is the market of different tastes and preferences. It is held every Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. There is a comfortable parking place behind the market. The market is located in a big park. This is a nice opportunity to go shopping and have a nice park walk – Olympiapark. How about visiting BMW Museum? The junk market is situated in the North part of Munich.
Kinderflohmarkt am Munchener Freiheit
The kids’ junk market welcomes to buy high-quality clothes and toys for cheap. You can find something for your baby. Your kids have a nice opportunity to sell their stuff on their own, of course, if they are already 7. The junk market is situated in the center of Munich. It works from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. This is not a regular event. It is better to find the information about it from the web.