Berlin’s Best Flea Markets

Berlin’s Best Flea Markets

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Vintage clothing. Rare used books. Old East German coins. GDR and USSR war memorabilia. Bargain hunters find these and much more strolling through Berlin’s many Flohmarkt (flea markets). Seeking out treasure among the assorted Flohmarkt nick-knacks is an wonderful way for anyone with avid enthusiasm to discover more about the past and all that went with it in Germany’s historic capital city.

Here are my favorite Berlin flea market locations:

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Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

Take a short walk from the Friedrich Straße S-Bahn station and you can’t miss the market situated on the river Spree. Exploring the many art and furniture stalls here takes a lot of energy but fortunately shoppers can refuel by eating bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and other traditional German cuisine sold at this flea market.

For Sale: Many antiques and art items, books and records
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm
General Prices: Moderate

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Moritzplatz

A little different form the usual markets in Berlin, Moritzplatz resembles a junk pile. But only at first glance. Rummage through the many old electrical appliances and you’ll come across some great art, kitsch and second-hand goods.

For Sale: Second-hand everything
When: Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm
General Prices: Low

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Arkonaplatz

This excellent market in Prenzlauer Berg is a perfect spot to get a real feel for Berlin. It is also very popular with Berlin’s alternative crowd. The whole market is set on a square surrounded by chestnut trees and open-air cafes. The local Berlin clientele are not early risers so if you come to Akonaplatz looking for bargains get there early!

For Sale: 70′s furniture and funky clothes, Bric-A-Brac
When: Sunday, 10am to 4pm
General Prices: The whole range, low to high

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Straße des 17. Juni

Close to Zoo Station, this is Berlin’s most well known flea market. The sprawling shopping area is divided into two sections, one for arts, crafts and antiques, the other for music, clothes and pretty much anything else.

For Sale: Nearly everything, especially hand-made crafts and cold war nostalgia items
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm
General Prices: The whole range, low to high

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All in all, Berlin’s markets are a thrilling way to spend a day. Or more than a day. There are many more flea markets around the German capital. For a full list of flea markets see the Berlin Tourism website.

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Thanks to Steafan Collins for guest writing this post. Steafan is an Irishman current living in Berlin where he writes the music blog Oldschoolfunker’s.

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Do you have a favorite Berlin flea market? Sharing your thoughts in our comments section is a bargain deal:

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  1. Simon says:

    Hi there,
    I’m staying in Berlin from 16.-19.
    Any recommendations on flea markets where I can find vintage during this period?
    Best
    Simon

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  2. VINTOPH says:

    Hi there! we were wondering if there is a permanent vintage fair/flea market in an indoor space where we can exhibit/sale our items this time of the year? any information or contact would be very helpful. thanks in advance!

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  3. vintagesunglasses says:

    who doesn’t want to visit a flea market, they are super fun!

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  4. Charmaine says:

    Hi There, Just wondering if anyone can help me. I was holidaying in Berlin and left this morning but yesterday i went to the Museum Island Markets and found this great artists there and i really want to buy some of his art but i wrote his website down wrong. He paints street scapes in beautiful bold colours and his names something like Armin or Arvin…..any help tracking him down would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    C Tussaud Reply:

    Hi Charmaine, I went to this market yesterday and looked out for an artist called Armin; I hope this is the one you want!

    http://Www.armin-birkel.com. Tel +49 (0) 173 6015259

    His card also says

    Art Edition Birkel

    Good hunting, Curzon

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  5. Kim says:

    How can one sell their wares at these flea markets in Berlin? Become a vendor? Maybe an expat?

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    Spot Cool Travel Stuff Reply:

    I’m not sure, actually. Thanks a good question, Kim

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  6. Cate says:


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    Love love love fleamarkets!!! This is a good one and great for photography. Btw the photo with the guy behind the frame – perfect. I think a book outlining the best fleamarkets in the world would be a seller.

    Cate’s last blog post..Malaysia, my love affair with Laksa

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  7. previously.bitten says:

    aside from the obvious, I have been wondering what to do with my time in Berlin. Now I know!

    previously.bitten’s last blog post..Tokyo in Pictures [2 of 5] Harajuku

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