12 best flea markets in Germany
In recent years, fast fashion has come under fire for a number of reasons, pushing many consumers towards second-hand shopping as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to the high street.
Germany offers many great second-hand shops for clothing, books and antiques. For an even better deal, some of the country's keenest bargain-hunters head to their local flea market to search for pre-loved treasures. Here are some of the best flea markets the country has to offer!
1. Marheinekeplatz Flea Market, Berlin
As the capital of uniqueness, it’s unsurprising that flea markets in Berlin often have some great items for sale. The Marheinekeplatz flea market, located on the Bergmannstraße, the heart of the colourful district of Kreuzberg, is no exception to this.
The Marheinekeplatz flea market offers items such as books, records and antiques, as well as jewellery and toys for children. It is open on both Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
2. Flohmarkt auf der Bremer Bürgerweide, Bremen
During the summer season, this large flea market sits on the Bürgerweide in Bremen. It has been one of the most popular flea markets in Germany for the last three decades. On busy days, the market has more than 30.000 visitors and operates between 4am and 2pm. Buyers can find many old treasures at this market, especially porcelain and ceramic items such as rare china, as well as other more valuable antiques.
Commercial trade is not permitted at this flea market, but for those looking to sell second-hand items there is no need to register. The market does have strict rules on what can be sold here, however, and sellers are required to bring their own table and clean up properly after the event.
3. Flohschanze Flea and Antique Market, Hamburg
For those located in Hamburg, the Flohschanze flea and antique market offers buyers true quality items and antiques. Once a week, buyers and sellers meet between the decommissioned cattle abattoirs located in the Neuer Kamp 1 Straße, to buy and sell their treasured possessions.
Since the organisers for this flea market ensure that only antiques and art are sold, you are unlikely to find cheap second-hand products, but the wide variety of vintage items make this market one of the best places to find rare antiques in Hamburg. The Flohschanze flea and antique market is open every Saturday from 8am to 4pm.
4. Flohmarkt am Schaumainkai, Frankfurt
Every Saturday between 9am and 2pm (excluding German public holidays), bargain hunters in Frankfurt can find some of the best antiques and secondhand items the city has to offer. With more than 12.000 different dealers choosing to sell items here annually, you’re sure to find something that will suit your personal aesthetic.
The market itself is quite easy to get to using public transportation but for drivers it can be difficult to park nearby. Most people head to the Schaumainkai on foot and to take in the riverside views.
5. Flohmarkt an der Galopprennbahn, Cologne
For a truly unique experience, this flea market in Cologne takes place on a horse-racing track every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the flea market is open between 8am and 1pm, while on Saturdays you get an extra hour of shopping until 2pm.
Once per month there is also a flea market on the Sunday, which is a larger event, often with live music and a small beer garden too, where you can enjoy a nice cold glass of German beer - perfect for when the weather is warm in summer!
6. Arkonaplatz Flea Market, Berlin
This Berlin-based flea market is a real treat. As one of the most historical flea markets in the country, the flea market at the Arkonaplatz has a cosy atmosphere, selling everything from clothes to jewellery, as well as records and books.
The flea market on the Arkonaplatz takes place every Sunday from 10am to 4pm and is located just a few minutes walk away from the famous Mauerpark flea market, if you want to squeeze in some extra shopping!
7. Flohmarkt im Olympiapark, Munich
The Flohmarkt im Olympiapark is another flea market that operates more than one day per week. Located in the Olympiapark in Munich, this market takes place on Fridays and Saturdays between 7am and 4pm.
The flea market is organised by the Bavarian Red Cross, who provide food and toilets on-site so that visitors can browse the stalls comfortably. For sellers, the only rules are that only goods "that are common in a household or that have accumulated at home over time" may be offered and that sellers must bring their own tables.
8. Flea Market at Kranoldplatz, Berlin
Every second Saturday at Neukölln’s Kranoldplatz, this flea market offers vintage items for all keen bargain-hunters’ tastes. From handmade jewellery to art, there are many beautiful antique treasures for sale in the neighbourhood.
This market is relatively seasonal and therefore only takes place between late April and October each year. Similarly to the Flohmarkt im Olympiapark, there is also food and drink available for visitors to purchase and there is often live music too.
9. Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese, Munich
As probably the largest flea market in all of Germany, the Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese is definitely the most famous. For the past 30 years, this market has taken place once a year in the month of April. The Bavarian Red Cross organises this flea market, so many of the proceeds go to funding charitable events and programmes by the Red Cross.
Usually, more than 2.000 sellers offer their goods for sale here with thousands of visitors arriving to find the best bargains. It's easy to get lost amid the thousands of stands, but for thrifting experts, this market is a real paradise.
10. Flohmarkt Karlsplatz, Stuttgart
The Flohmarkt Karlsplatz has been operating for more than 30 years and is home to more than 120 different dealers. The market takes place on Saturdays and offers both a combination of second-hand household goods as well as more valuable antique pieces.
The city also hosts a range of different markets in Stuttgart throughout the seasons. In the spring and autumn there are two large flea markets in central Stuttgart spread over 3.000 square metres, as well as nine great farmers' markets too, offering a real variety of shopping experiences!
11. Feinkost Flohmarkt, Leipzig
On the first Sunday of each month between March and November, the Feinkost Flohmarkt in Leipzig is one of the most vibrant places to be in the area. There is a huge range of different stands at this open-air market, with approximately 30 other stands under cover in case of rain.
The Feinkost Flohmarkt offers a great alternative to high-street fast fashion, since several sellers specialise in reselling vintage clothing. Aside from the great fashion choices, there are also stalls for furniture and antiques as well as food.
12. Antique and Book Market at Bode Museum, Berlin
For another great Berlin-based flea market, there is the Antique and Book Market at Bode Museum, which is great for just having a gentle stroll around at the weekend. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm, this flea market offers books, vinyl records, CDs, furniture and stunning handmade pieces.
There are approximately 60 sellers at this flea market and since the quality of items offered here is a little higher than the average flea market in Berlin, it is also a little pricier. Despite this, the market is still a very popular choice, in large part thanks to its relaxed atmosphere. You will find many wonderful local craftspeople who will enjoy talking to you about their work and antique dealers who are happy to take part in lengthy conversations about the best pieces they have to offer.
Tips for visiting flea markets in Germany
So now that you know where to grab the best bargains in Germany, it’s time to plan your trip! Make sure to check the most recent opening hours for each market, since plans can change quickly, especially in the case of bad weather.
It’s also important to get comfortable with the idea of haggling over the price for things before you go - especially at larger markets, there could be a chance that someone may try to outbid you. It’s a good idea to set a price limit in your mind for each item so that you don’t get caught up in a bidding war and head home regretting how much you spent (we’ve all been there!).
Remember to take plenty of cash, especially smaller notes so that you can haggle the price down using exact amounts if you wish! After that it’s finally time to shop until you drop - happy thrifting!