Markets of Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Germany is deservedly famed for its Christmas markets, but throughout spring, summer and fall, those picturesque city squares are just busy. Stop by Düsseldorf at any time of year, and you'll find plenty of stalls waiting to catch your eye. 

Düsseldorf markets

Farmers markets

All around the world, farmers markets are fast becoming the preferred place to pick up fresh, seasonal produce and ethically-sourced meat. In Düsseldorf, this is less of a modern trend and more of a time-honored tradition, with excellent markets throughout the city catering to discerning shoppers. Roman von der Wiesche, Head of Press and Corporate Communication at Düsseldorf Tourismus, recommends visiting "the most famous market in Düsseldorf," the Carlsplatz, “because of the high-quality offerings and the central location." He adds, "It is a permanent market and regarding the touristic value, it is the market to visit.” According to Roman, “A common trait of all markets is the superior quality of products: regional vegetables, environmentally conscious offers, or deli varieties can often be found.”

At Carlsplatz you’ll find stacks of bright artichokes sitting next to ripe pineapples, jars of fruit preserves and sauerkraut, and bags of fresh lemon pepper. The market is only a 12-minute ride on public transport from our Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Düsseldorf, making it ideal for a leisurely breakfast. The market features more than 60 permanent stalls, including an organic butcher and a vendor who sells over 40 varieties of potatoes. Sample everything from local delicacies, including potato pancakes and bratwurst, to Iranian yogurt spotted with rose petals.

Farmers market

Lazy Saturdays

One of the most traditional flea markets in Germany is held every Saturday morning at Aachener Platz. This market first opened in 1976 and is now a firm favorite among Düsseldorf residents, who rise early to sift through vintage LPs, antique toys and other collectibles. On its busiest days, this hub can welcome as many as 20,000 visitors so it’s best to arrive early to score the best deals. Although many antique markets these days can be carefully curated affairs, about 80 percent of the stalls at Aachener Platz are operated by private individuals, which means you can truly find anything here. Sit down to review your purchases at the Café Sperrmüll, accompanied by a chocolate torte or a frosty mug of beer.

The Gare du Neuss flea market is also held on Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm. Based just outside the Neuss train station, the site also plays host to regular special events, including a convivial night market and live music events.

Düsseldorf Christmas Market

Celebrate the seasons

Düsseldorf’s city center transforms each holiday season into a shopping experience straight out of a fairytale, with twinkling lights and delicious scents drifting through the air. Specialty Christmas markets are staged at multiple locations, with artistically decorated huts in the marktplatz and a massive free ice skating rink bringing to life the Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz. Don’t miss the art nouveau style of the Engelchenmarkt, or Angel's Market, in the Old Town, or the colorful lights and reindeer of the Schadowplatz.

As Roman von der Weische explains, Düsseldorf’s markets have a timeless appeal: “They are more intimate than, for example, a supermarket. For many people it may be the personal contact to their vendor whom they have known for decades and with whom they can chitchat about anything.”

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