Austria's Most Popular Markets
The long esplanade covering the course of the river already served as market place for dairy products in Vienna as early as the 18th century. Naschmarkt Vienna which is located between Kettenbrückengasse and Karlsplatz is a premier open-air fruit and vegetable market that should be on everyone's itinerary. Naschmarkt is an ethnic melting pot full of vibrant life and exotic scents. With endless rows of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, seafood, spices, homemade pasta, pickles of all kinds, cheeses and breads, this superb market can satisfy the most demanding culinary requirements. Interspersed are small bistros, as diverse and multi-cultural as the stalls and the market itself.
Naschmarkt is open Monday to Friday from 6am to 6.30pm and Saturday from 6am to 5pm. Mornings are the best time to absorb the market's sights and flavours. The majority of the bars and bistros open until 10pm, and some even later.
As already mentioned, Naschmarkt is a must for every visitor to Vienna. However, if you wish to explore the city off the tourist paths then Brunnenmarkt in Wien-Ottakring is a great place to experience multicultural Vienna. Brunnenmarkt, located between Thaliastrasse and Ottakringer Strasse, is best described as an oriental bazaar. A great number of vendors sell all varieties of goods to Vienna’s immigrant community – particularly its large Turkish population. The market dates back to 1786 when Emperor Joseph II. had consented to a marketplace around the fountain (“Brunnen”). In 1880 the fountain had to make way for a horse-drawn train, the market and the name remained though. Brunnenmarkt is one of Vienna’s last street markets which means that all stalls are taken down in the evening and put up again the next morning. A good time to visit is late in the afternoon when the vendors want to get rid of their goods and offer bargain prices. If you are hungry then you will find plenty of snack stands and inns selling all kinds of ethnic food.
An especially authentic market in Wien Favoriten is the 125-year old Viktor-Adler-Markt, offering a great variety of culinary delights including fruits and vegetables and selected wines. Take the time and you will find plenty of things to see, explore and discover here. All kinds of local delis as well as Turkish, Greek and Indian specialties, and rows upon rows of stalls creating veritable lanes and alleyways. In the summer this market is a pleasant place to stroll around as the stalls are protected from the sun by parasols and awnings.
Schrannenmarkt in Salzburg, oppositeSchloss Mirabell, is Austria’s third largest street market besides Naschmarkt and Brunnenmarkt in Vienna. Flowers, leather wear, health foods and many other delicacies covering everything from eels to plums are on sale. The majority of the meat and dairy products are produced by the vendors themselves who are happy for you to have a taste. There are also plenty of snack stalls selling everything from fried chicken to crullers.
Kapitelmarkt is located at the foot of Festung Hohensalzburg drawing plenty of tourists, not least thanks to its location. Situated between Salzburg Cathedral and the old St. Peter Churchyard, it offers souvenirs, gifts and tasty tidbits.
Hamburg Fish Market in Salzburg
Why go far when you can find all the great things here? Once a year Südtirolerplatz in front of the Salzburg train station provides the backdrop for a typical fish market from Hamburg. Lovers of sea food will find themselves amply catered for with salmon, scampi, rock lobster and other specialties which you can either eat at the market or prepare at home. There is also live music and entertainment at the market which takes place from the end of May to the beginning of July.
Potters’ Market in Hall
The medieval town of Hall in Tirol annually stages Tirol’s largest Potters’ Market, featuring pottery from Austria and its neighboring countries. Children can learn how a clump of clay is turned into a nice vase for mum and practice their newly acquired skills. Master potters demonstrate step by step how their objects and artworks are created. The Potters’ Market is held at the Oberer Stadtplatz in Hall.
Flea Market in Innsbruck
From Tirol’s largest Potters’ Market to Tirol’s largest Flea Market. Where? In Innsbruck, of course! Every Saturday a multitude of vendors, browsers and buyers meet up at the beautiful Alter Hafen. In case of rain the Flea Market is held indoors. To ensure that the market retains its traditional charm, no more than one fifth of the vendors may be commercial exhibitors. Sellers from Asia, Africa and Europe lend the market a colorful and international flair.
Flea Market on the Linz Hauptplatz
Every Saturday the Hauptplatz in Linz turns into a marketplace where all kinds of odds and ends are sold, from one-armed dolls to glittering chandeliers. From November to February the market is held in front of the Neues Rathaus.
Ursulamarkt has a 700-year old tradition. The market at the Klagenfurt Trade Fair area attracts some 330 vendors selling goods like pottery and wooden toys. For kids there is a petting zoo and there are stalls selling fried sausages, roast chestnuts, mulled wine and the like.
Ursulamarkt is always held in October, around the feast day of St. Ursula on 21st October.
Ceramics and Pottery Market in Villach
Another traditional market, although more because of its handicrafts than its age, is the Alpen-Adria Keramikmarkt. Since 1988 Villach has been playing host to this meanwhile quite famous ceramics and pottery market. Every year some 80 potters from across Europe meet up here to present and sell their objects, including home and garden items, decorative pottery, home accessories, ceramic pottery, decorations, assorted pottery, jewellery and much more. The market is complimented by an exhibition on international ceramics art.
St. Veiter Wiesenmarkt
St. Veiter Wiesenmarkt in Sankt Veit an der Glan is Carinthia’s largest traditional funfair. For almost 650 years the event has been held every last Saturday in September. Wiesenmarkt traditionally starts with a colourful parade through town in which all culture and heritage clubs of Sankt Veit participate. After the “messenger” has read out the rules, the 10-day festival starts. The market has lost some of its traditional character as the amusement park and party marquees have grown in size. Wiesenmarkt nonetheless still features large agricultural shows, animal markets, flea markets and antiquity markets. The spectacle attracts some 500,000 visitors from Carinthia and neighboring Italy and Slovenia.
Farmers’ Market at Kaiser-Josef-Platz
In Mediterranean-style Graz you always feel a little bit closer to the South. This feeling is especially strong on Kaiser-Josef Markt, a small and friendly farmers’ market where you can buy healthy and locally produced food such as meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables. Not to be missed is the culinary speciality of Styria, the highly esteemed pumpkin seed oil, which is made by pressing the roasted seeds of pumpkins.
Farmer’s Market on Lendplatz
Local growers and producers come to the Farmers’ Market on Lendplatz to sell their fresh produce. In the summer a pleasant way of spending one’s afternoon is to sit in one of the shady beer gardens (e.g. at Gasthaus Lendplatzl) and watch the vibrant life and colourful going-ons of the market. Lendplatz has always been a popular meeting place for the Graz suburbanites who come for the market just as much as for the quaint inns.
In Styria flea markets are called “Fetzenmarkt” (= rag market). It’s quite obvious where the name comes from, but it would be wrong to believe that all you get is junk and old rags. Quite the contrary is true actually: Old watches, china, small antiquities, lamps, antiquarian books and old picture postcards set collector’s hearts at flutter. Markets have been held here since 1749, the year Empress Maria Theresia granted the right to set them up, and meanwhile the largest flea markets have turned into veritable town fairs. And since neither browsing nor shopping are fun with an empty belly, breakfast is available form 5am. Later on food stalls open up selling roast pork, sausages, fried chicken and kebabs. Fetzenmärkte are always held at the Grazer Messe, Fröhlichgasse parking lot.