Auer Dult: Europe’s Largest Dish Market

cups and saucers at Auer Dult dish market in Munich, Germany

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.

Entertainment for the kiddies

Entertainment for the kiddies while the parents shop at  Europe’s largest dish market.

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.

porcelain dishes

Not surprisingly there are lots of dishes, cups, saucers, plates, bowls, you name it.

More dishes

More dishes

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!

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Uttoran Sen @ Travel Tamed October 27, 2011 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Great market, never knew such a market with so many dish options even existed… so much to choose from, am surprised that you haven’t bought any. If it was me, those buckets would had been full of dishes.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures,

  2. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 8:26 am - Reply

    @Uttoran Sen – I didn’t know it existed either until I moved to Munich. Dishes are too heavy to carry, otherwise I probably would have bought some 🙂

  3. Mette Christensen October 27, 2011 at 8:48 am - Reply

    It is very fashionable to collect dishes in different desgins and colours, and Auer Dult seems like the perfect place to start a collection. With a clashing mixture of those plates you could set an awsome Xmas table 🙂

  4. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Unfortunately I don’t have anywhere to store extra dishes, so my Xmas table will be rather plain, maybe I can find some colorful napkins though 🙂

  5. Denise October 27, 2011 at 9:25 am - Reply

    pretty!!! I love markets and, if I actually had a house of my own, I would have spent a fortune of home decorations while travelling!

  6. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 9:27 am - Reply

    @Denise – I love markets too and spent more than I intended to on baskets. Fortunately I don’t have very much storage for dishes, so was able to restrain myself 🙂

  7. Michael October 27, 2011 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Don’t let the wife see this. On our hike in the Saar ( we stopped in Mettlach, a small town, which turned out to be the home of the famous ceramic makers Villeroy & Boch. They had an outlet store that made the wife drool, with prices that were really so low she regretted not having a car with us.

  8. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    @Michael- I’ve heard about that place but haven’t been there yet. I think my husband was also glad I didn’t have a car when I went to Auer Dult or I would have likely come home with a lot more as well.

  9. RyukyuMike October 27, 2011 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Dish Markets are fun. I like to shoot these sorts of colorful places, mostly pottery over here, on lousy weather days. The colors cheer a person up. Thanks for sharing and a Google +, to you, too!

  10. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 10:42 am - Reply

    @RyukyuMike – I had never even heard of a dish market before. I think there was some good prices, so probably a good place for picking up pieces for shooting. Thanks for the Google +, appreciate it!

  11. Nancie October 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I love dishes, and would be in 7th heaven here!

  12. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    @Nancie – You would definitely be in 7th heaven there. A lot of people looked very happy 🙂

  13. Zhu October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    That is so cool! And I had never heard of it.

    Do German hang plates in their kitchen as well to decorate? My husband was really surprised to see a lot of French did that. Come to think of it, I don’t think Canadians do it!

  14. Laurel October 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    It was quirky, but fun. I don’t think I’ve seen too many plates in the kitchen as decoration, but Germans do seem to have a lot of dishes and fine china. In Canada, I think it’s mostly old ladies who do that 🙂

  15. Laura October 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    The dished for kids are so cute! Can I have one? Please, please pretty please, I can pretend I’m three 🙂 The one with the turtle looks nice and sunny 🙂

  16. Debbie Beardsley October 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    This is great! I love markets and pottery so adding them together would be fabulous.

  17. Laurel October 28, 2011 at 8:33 am - Reply

    @Laura – The dishes for the kids were my favorite too – sooooo cute!

    @Debbie – Agreed, although I was surprised that it was more porcelain than pottery. Maybe that’s a good thing as I love pottery and would have spent a lot more money!

  18. Michael Figueiredo October 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Fun! If I went to that market I’d definitely buy those giraffe dishes. 🙂

  19. Claire October 29, 2011 at 5:50 am - Reply

    I love dishes, that looks like a great way to spend a day (and too much money!).
    The children’s dishes are so adorable!

  20. Cheryl October 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Ha ha ha. I love Europe for having such offbeat markets like this! I’d have fun exploring such a market too. 🙂

  21. chanling October 31, 2011 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Since before my weakness is plates. Every time I saw beautiful and unique plates in the mall I always buy the. Looking at your post makes me sigh and wish I could visit your place someday and personally look and touch all those dishes. Wow! you really got so many of it, different kinds of it!

  22. Laurel November 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    @Michael – Now I’m wishing I would have bought a couple of the giraffe dishes – next time! 🙂

    @Claire – I purposely only brought so much money with me so that I wouldn’t be too tempted.

    @Cheryl – Me too, there are markets for things I would have never have thought of.

    @chanling – It’s hard to beat Auer Dult if you like dishes 🙂

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