They say if you want to get to know a city, you should visit its markets. If this is true, then, there’s no better place to get an intimate knowledge of Austrian capital, Vienna than the city’s biggest and oldest market – Naschmarkt. It’s placed quite close to the downtown, about 3.5 kilometers away from Shonbrunn Palace and less than a kilometer away from Hofburg Palace. The market is, as a matter of fact, a street, which is more than a kilometer long and on which more than 100 permanent stands are situated.
The background history of Naschmarkt has begun since 1780th year, when it used to be a place where a huge trading process with milk and dairy products took place. Today’s look of the market with its numerous stands appeared, though, 100 years ago. During the 80s of the previous 20th century the market was renovated and modernized, but, yet it still keeps most of its authentic stands from the past.
Here, at Naschmarkt you can always find fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, sausages, desserts and you name it. There are even options to take food for home and if you want to, you can also visit any of the restaurants or bars located at the market territory.
It takes place every Saturday at the parking spaces, which are in the end of Naschmarkt. The bitak lets you find amazing second hand godsends such as antique weapons, porcelain, clothes or books. Summer is the busiest season for the bitak as the traders, buyers and ordinary gapers are quite a lot here.
What should I know before a visit of Naschmarkt?
- The closer you are to the downtown, the higher the prices of the goods become. Same goes for the prices in the amenities at the market. Continue walking down the street till you find the most affordable for you rates.
- At both sides of the shopping street the shops and amenities are placed in three lines – at the back side the restaurants and bars are located, while at the first two lines the stands are placed.
- Besides the restaurants at the market, you can also try those that are nearby. It’s where you can find better tastes to experience and what is more important – at better rates, too.
- The first stands get arranged with goods early at 6 in the morning and close around 19:30/
- The market works every day, excluding on Sunday, while on Saturday the stands close earlier than usual (at 17:00)
- On the other side, most of the restaurants work up to midnight from Monday to Saturday.
How to reach Naschmarkt?
The easiest way to reach Naschmarkt is by taking the subway. Use U4 line and get off at Kettenburckengasse station. It gets you right under the market and there are even spots from where you can look beyond and see the rails.
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