Viktualienmarkt Munich, Germany
Viktualienmarkt, the oldest food market in the center of Munich, employs more than 200 years of history of its existence. He was born as a green market, has called Marktplats - market square, which were carried on the sale of food from a farm and where industrious farmers offered the fruits of their labor directly to the carts. By the beginning of the XIX century the market was close to the position they Marienplatz square, and, by order of King Maximilian I, the magistrate Munich allocated to food trade a special place. But an ordinary peasant bazaar gave the name of the Latin fashion - Viktualienmarkt, which took place from the word «victus», denoting the product and stock.
During the Second World War Viktualienmarkt seriously injured in the first post-war period was even a question of its closure. Yet local authorities to raise funds for the restoration of the old city market of Munich.
Now the food Viktualienmarkt, one of the most famous markets of Germany, located between the Marienplatz and the Cathedral of St. Peter, and covers an area of 22,000 square meters. In the center of retail space stands adorned the mast - man-made "Maypole", around which are trade stalls.
Viktualienmarkt is not only a hallmark of Munich, but also a symbol of respectability and the nation's health. It is sold in this market with the freshest produce more than 140 farmers who continue the family tradition, and holding the right to trade in the same place for several generations. A rich variety of seafood, poultry, exotic fruits and vegetables, herbs and various delicacies, beautifully decorated shop windows, colors and unexpected forms of products listed here will leave nobody indifferent. What kind of seductive aromas soar above the Viktualienmarkt. Catching the spirit of appetite delicious hot bread and fresh baked bread from the store. From the floral pavilion trail stretches delicate essences. A haze of intoxicating spices southern winds over the rows of spices and seasonings. And many others, flowing into each other exciting flavors, showing the highest quality products on the Viktualienmarkt - not the market, and this paradise for gourmets.
All these numerous art invariably lead to the beer garden, where the restaurants and eateries, you can enjoy authentic Bavarian food in huge portions and enjoy the pride of the Munich beer - Munich dark beer with a pronounced malty flavor.
The fact that the Viktualienmarkt created not only for tourists, just as for local residents, giving the market a unique charm. Any visitor can feel like a real Munich, plunging into the daily rhythm of the household of the city, carrying out common procurement of the necessary food supplies at the grocery market, which operates six days a week. And on Sundays and holidays, as any, reputable company, the market is resting. Or, a long-standing tradition, holds its annual festivals. For example, such as the gardener's Day or Day of the brewer, the Summer Festival, opening the season asparagus and others. But the most striking event of a holiday is perhaps the dance market sellers - merry noisy carnival, which is attended by all traders Viktualienmarkt. To him are carefully prepared in advance: sew beautiful traditional costumes, learn repertoire with the help of specially invited teachers dancing. On the day of this colorful festival, the "Carnival Tuesday" in the market square and other places of public festivals they say, can gather up to 5000 spectators. In honor of the best market torgovok even found several monuments, fountains, crowning with turquoise water of alpine glaciers. Results on the market square are 6 of these fountains with sculpted figures of folk artists and singers, among them the most popular cabaret artist Karl Valentin.
The market Viktualienmarkt prices are much higher than other outlets of the city, and even more so, on its outskirts. But, nevertheless, that come here for food town. Because, whether products are exclusively our own production of farm or domestic and imported edible delights and wonders - they are the very first freshness, excellent quality and highest standard, which is a genuine interest and deserved admiration guests Munich and local residents themselves, rightly proud of their the main food market of Viktualienmarkt.
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