Auer 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’s because it is.
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.
Random it may be, but it’s got something going on! Auer Dult has been running for over 700 years in Munich (since 1310). It only stopped 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 it 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!