Europe Magazine May-June 2019

BELGIUM - FLANDERS

CENTRAL EUROPE

TRADITIONAL FLEA MARKETS OF EUROPE

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TREASURE HUNTING AT EUROPE’S FLEA MARKETS Flea markets in Europe are spectacular. Even if you’re going to satisfy a flea market-loving travel companion, consider them as open-air museums showcasing daily items from normal life. See vintage clothing, tools, books, militaria, bric-a-brac, art, hardware and furniture that people have used to prepare food, adorn their homes, dress their bodies, and perform daily tasks. The variety and age of the items at European flea markets is fascinating! Check local calendars and plan ahead; some markets are famous semi-annual events, so advance planning for transport and parking is a good idea. Certain markets are held in conjunction with holidays and festivals, so you’ll have even more traditional foods to taste and music and dance performances to enjoy. Markets can be held anywhere from a labyrinth of city streets to the parking lot of a superstore to the grounds of a castle. Who doesn’t love the thrill of finding just the right treasure, for your own collection or as a gift, to bring back as a wonderful memory of your travels in Europe?

CHARMING BRIC-A-BRAC EXPLORING FLANDERS’ FLEA MARKETS

Charming bric-a-brac 03 Treasure hunting in Germany 04 Hunt vintage finds in Poland 05 Eclectic gems await 06 Alternative urban shopping 07 Visit flea markets in Slovenia 08 Flea markets in Oslo 10 Ireland’s variety markets 11 Vienna’s colorful Naschmarkt 12 Explore Monaco’s market 13 Discover Madrid’s El Rastro 14 Czech flea and design markets 15 Attention bargain hunters 16 Wallonia’s top treasure hunt 17 Your Slovak flea markets guide 18 Find real Swiss treasures 20 Flea markets in Portugal 21 Riga flea market in Spikeri 22

Flanders may not have gold, silver or diamond mines, but you can still go digging for treasures here. Looking for a bargain? On a hunt for second-hand gems? Then you must visit Flanders’ historical flea markets. You’ll find retro design, vintage clothing, antique furniture, classical music instruments, toys and even the occasional ancient crossbow. Here’s our pick of Flanders’ best flea markets. Tongeren - Belgium’s oldest city, and dating back to Roman times, is only a 90-minutes train journey from Brussels. In this historic setting, you’ll find the biggest weekly antiques market in the Benelux region. Ever since the seventies, this is the place to be for antique furniture, shiny silverware or Art Deco. Every Sunday, some 350 merchants display their goods on the streets. As a nice bonus, about 40 antique shops in the neighbourhood open their doors to the public. The Tongeren flea market is a well-kept secret and the perfect place for wandering around. Another travel tip is Brussels’ Vossenplein, also known as the Place du Jeu de Balle. On this central square in the working-class neighbourhood of Marollen, a flea

market is open 365 days a year, from 6 am to 2 pm. Strolling past heaps of quirky merchandise from old furniture to second-hand vinyl records, you’ll feel as though you’re travelling through time. Tongeren and Vossenmarkt are just two of the best flea markets in Flanders, but there are many more to discover. Enjoy your treasure hunt!

Belgium’s biggest flea market Tongeren: Flanders’ oldest Brussels’ daily Vossenmarkt

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