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Treasure Hunting at Mauerpark Flea Market, Berlin

Treasure Hunting at Mauerpark Flea Market, Berlin

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Mauerpark (Wall Park) is a public park in Prezlauer Berg, Berlin, located along a section of where the Berlin Wall once stood.

Every Sunday brings the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Mauerpark Flea Market). From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., locals come seeking yet-to-be-discovered treasures. Mixed with the usual flea market digs – secondhand clothing, furniture, electronics, bikes, dishes and toys – visitors also find an eclectic offering of handmade goods, food stalls, live music and locally-produced food and drinks.

Come to the flea market hungry and sample as many food stalls as you can. Keep a look out for the waffles covered in apple sauce and cinnamon-sugar – they are splendid. You’ll also find noodles, sandwiches, falafel, burgers, pasta and a range of other dishes. Wash it all down with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice.

The flea market organizers offer up tables for €7 and tents for €33 (€30 if paid in advance) for locals hoping to sell their goods.

Local farmers bring in fresh foods and homemade treats. Seek out the Kaiser Honig honey stand, where you’ll find unique honey flavors, such as Currant & Basil and Salty Peanut Disaster.

And don’t go home without a bottle of Wilde Gärtnerei organic fruit juice, which is produced less than 20 miles outside of Berlin. Try the juice labeled “apfel sanddorn,” which is apple and sea-buckthorn juice.

If you get overwhelmed by the flea market, check out the rest of Mauerpark, where you’ll find musicians and performance artists entertaining enthusiastic crowds. The park is a great place for a Sunday picnic, complete with entertainment.

Follow the massive applauding to discover Bearpit Karaoke. Organized by Joe Hatchiban and held in the park’s stone amphitheatre, this karaoke session is open on Sundays (3-8 p.m.) and draws thousands of Berliners looking to unleash their inner divas or just witness others making fools of themselves.

With plenty of entertainment, shopping and food options, Mauerpark is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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