For bargain hunters or those who are just happy to browse, a stroll through one of Berlin flea markets is a great way to spend a sunny Saturday or Sunday morning. Besides the usual stock of second-hand books, clothing, records and bric-a-brac which you would expect to find at flea markets across the world, flea markets in Berlin are the perfect place to find DDR memorabilia, old Russian icons, rare LPs, 70s vintage lamps, Biedermeier furniture, and freshly pickled Spreewaldgurken.
And if you want to try out some authentic German leather shorts (Lederhosen), keep in mind that you´ll save a few Euros if you buy a pair which has already been broken in. In fact, old vintage Lederhosen sold at Berlin flea markets are often better than new ones: the quality of leather is beyond compare (deer leather vs goat leather), and they have a unique patina that will make you look like an authentic Schuhplattler folk dancer!
Berlin Flea Markets #1: Flohmarkt am Mauerpark
Open every Sunday since 2004 and located on the left or Eastern edge of Prenzlauer Berg’s Mauerpark (literally: Wall Park, or Park Where the Wall Ran), the Mauerpark Flea Market (Flohmarkt am Mauerpark) is populated not only by some younger hipsters, but also by the more international, grunge-yuppies of the neighborhood. While a newcomer to the Berlin flea market scene, the Mauerpark Flea Market has quickly become a favorite among flea market enthusiasts and tourists alike.
The loose grid stalls populate the western side of the park and offer a collection of new and vintage fashions, vinyl CD’s, GDR memorabilia and antiques, bicycles and other knick-knacks.
Like the Arkonaplatz Flea Market, the goods found at the Mauerpark Flea Market range from professional local designer stuff to private household assortments. To take a break from shopping, stroll down Oderbergerstrasse for a good coffee or brunch.
Where: Bernauer Strasse 63-64, 13355 Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg (U2 Eberswalderstrasse)
When: Sunday 08:00 – 18:00
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Berlin Flea Markets #2: Trödelmarkt Arkonaplatz
To most Berliner, Mitte district is the heart of cool Berlin, and the Arkonaplatz Flea Market is very Mitte. Also known as Trödelmarkt Arkonaplatz, Arkonaplatz Flea Market is one of the best flea markets in Berlin and a popular venue for strolling and chilling out in the park.
A hot tip which is mentioned in several travel guides for its beautiful atmosphere and its historical age, Arkonaplatz flea market hosts a variety of stalls offering a range of clothing, brick-a-brack, and furniture. And if you want to take a break from shopping, you can find yourself a sunny spot in one of Arkonaplatz’s cafes and just sit and relax to watch Berlin´s alternative crowd do their thing.
Berlin Flea Markets #3: Trödelmarkt Straße des 17. Juni
Held twice a week near the S-Bahn station Tiergarten, and surrounded by historic landmarks, the famous Trödelmarkt Straße des 17. Juni looks back on a long tradition.
Self-proclaimed “Berlin’s original flea market” (Der Original Berliner Trödelmarkt), the Straße des 17. Juni flea market is one of Berlin’s biggest and most touristed flea markets. This flea market is very popular among locals and tourists alike, and it is not uncommon to see famous personalities stroll the flea market on the weekend!
This bustling and fashionable Straße des 17. Juni flea market showcases a variety of stalls selling all sorts of junks (however only vintage merchandises, as new items are prohibited), ranging from fancy buttons and a variety of hand-crafted items to funky second-hand clothes, jewelry, porcelain, old paintings, and LPs.
Because of its more prominent location near the Zoo Station and the Technical University, the Straße des 17 Juni Flea Market tends to be a bit on the pricey side (but not too high though, as no luxury goods per se are retailed), compared to other flea markets in Berlin.
Where: Straße des 17 Juni, 10623 Berlin – Tiergarten (S-Bahn Tiergarten)
When: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
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Berlin Flea Markets #4: Kunst- Und Trödelmarkt am Fehrbelliner Platz
Located on the outskirts of Berlin city ring, in the Wilmersdorf district, the traditional Kunst- Und Trödelmarkt am Fehrbelliner Platz, offers a truly authentic and original flea market experience, like in few other Berlin flea markets. It is the place where art lovers and flea market fans alike, meet, which makes it popular among long-established Ur-Berliners and tourists alike.
The Art & flea market on Fehrbellinerplatz mostly showcases art and antiques, but clothing, furniture, and other junk items are also sold. One rule strictly enforced by the management of the Kunst- Und Trödelmarkt am Fehrbelliner Platz, is that flea market vendors must exclusively offer used products. In fact, selling new items is expressly prohibited, thereby guaranteeing a certain level of genuineness.
The flea market am Fehrbelliner Platz is open two days a week (depending on the season), right on the esplanade of the metro station “Fehrbellinerplatz“, which makes it pretty easy to reach by public transport.
Berlin Flea Markets #5: Flohmarkt am Boxhagener Platz
The Boghagener Platz Flea Market is a gem among other Berlin flea markets. Born spontaneously sometime in 1999, this flea market hosts a few professionals from the Berlin flea market scene which gather once a week on Sunday, with other private vendors. The Boghagener Platz Flea Market is basically a congregation of local second hand vendors selling the stuff they collect or don’t need anymore.
The merchandise on sale at the Boghagener Platz Flea Market represent the changing face of Berlin-Friedrichshain’s district. Flea market enthusiasts can expect to find older folk peddling relics of DDR suburbia alongside members of a younger generation with not-quite-hip-enough personal effects to dispose of.
Where: Gärtnerstraße 25, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain (U5 Frankfurter Tor; Tram 21)
When: Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Heidestraße Flea Market (Discontinued)
Held in an old railway storage, the Heidestraße Flea Market was one of the smallest indoor Berlin flea markets. Even though this flea market had relatively precise opening times, second-hand enthusiasts shopping at the Heidestraße Flea Market were early birds, as most of the traders used to pack up early and leave the premises by mid-afternoon. The focus of the Heidestraße Flea Market was on antiques and collectibles: furniture, porcelain, books, records and model cars.
Where: Heidestr. 10, Berlin – Tiergarten (U6 Reinickendorfer Str.)
When: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Berlin Flea Markets #6: Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt (formerly Moritzplatz Flohmarkt)
The Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt (Kreuzberg Flohmarkt) is one of the real local trash and treasure flea markets (no yuppies here) on the Berlin flea market scene. Smaller than its 100 stalls strong bigger brother Nowkoelln Flowmarkt, Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt is nonetheless a must for people who are into vintage clothes, crafts, and unique design products.
Inn fact, you won’t find there fancy antiques, 70s vintage, and war memorabilia. The Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt is definitely more trash than treasure, but prices are low and there are bargains to be made in this collection of “thrown-together stalls” full of 2nd hand clothing, books, records and attic junk.
The Kreuzboerg Flowmarkt takes place every two weeks from April to October, at the urban gardening project Prinzessinnengärten near Moritzplatz.
Where: Prinzenstraße 35-38, 10969 Berlin (U8 Moritzplatz)
When: Every second Sunday of the month (April to October) 10:00 – 17:00
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