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Auer Dult: Europe’s Largest Dish Market

By Expatgermany @Laurel_Robbins

Auer Dult dish marketAuer Dult is not only Europe’s largest dish market with ~300 vendors, it’s also a folk fest, so while you’re looking at porcelain or ceramics, the kiddies can hop on the carousel or Ferris wheel.  If it sounds a bit random it is.

Entertainment for the kiddies at Auer Dult Dish Market

Entertainment for the kiddies while the parents shop at Auer Dult, Europe's largest dish market.

Making it even more random is that in addition to dishes, antiques, handy-crafts and other household goods can also be found at Auer Dult.  The strangest thing we saw was somebody’s old photo album – bizarre!  I managed to not buy any dishes, but ended up going home with 5 baskets, almost as if I had just come from one of those Jamaica holidays.

Auer Dult dish market

Not surprisingly there are lots of dishes at Auer Dult.

More dishes at Auer Dult, Europe's largest dish market

More dishes at Auer Dult, Europe's largest dish market

Random it may be, but it’s got something going on as Auer Dult has been running for over 700 years in Munich (since 1310) only stopping for 3 years during WWII.  It’s held three times a year, once in the Spring, Summer and Fall and attracts a total of 300,000 people.  In comparison to Oktoberfest,  Auer Dult feels rather cozy.  Also similar to Oktoberfest is that beer is served, although I opted for a cappuccino while pondering just how much Auer Dult has changed over the last 700 years, well for a few minutes anyway – I still had to figure out how the heck I was going to take 5 baskets home on the train!

This photo has been submitted as part of Travel Photo Thursday by Nancie at Budget Travelers Sandbox.   Check out her site for more travel photos.

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