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The history of Stuttgart’s Markthalle


Considered by many to be Germany’s most beautiful market, Stuttgart’s Markthalle is located in a picturesque art nouveau building that dates back to 1864. We take a look at the history of the indoor market over the past century

Dominique Fenn
Dominique Fenn,

Situated in a grand art nouveau building, next to the dignified old castle and the Stiftskirche, is Stuttgart’s Markthalle, considered by many to be the most beautiful indoor market in Germany. Behind the heavy doors at the entrance is a diverse and colourful mix of German and international products, from wine, chocolate and coffee to fresh items including Greek peaches and tomatoes from Lanzarote. Italian, French and Asian producers are also represented, among many others. German architect Martin Elsaesser built the indoor market 100 years ago to replace a vegetable warehouse erected by the king of Württemberg in 1864. It was restored in the 1950s and the building was listed as a historical monument; its most recent renovation was carried out in 1993. The gallery on the first floor is the ideal vantage point for watching the lively market activity below and for marvelling at the historic building.

Markthalle, Dorotheenstrasse 4, 70173 Stuttgart, +49 (0)711 480410

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