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Marktplatz (market square) is another square in the town centre, but located opposite of the main entrance of Residenzschloß (Residence Castle). Fruit and vegetable market is being held here on Saturdays, where mostly local produces are being sold. However, compared with other cities like Mannheim, the market here in Darmstadt is nothing to write home about. Maybe the city officials don?t encourage our farmers to come and sell or, maybe the rent for stalls is too high.
But there is another market, held on Wednesdays, at Riegerplatz in the northern part of town. There really good and fresh produces can be bought from 07:00 to 14:00.
Another alternative for fresh produces, especially eggs, vegetables and fruit, is the cooperative Hofgut Oberfeld in the east of town. They make fresh bread every day, bake the most delicious cakes and have suppliers for vegetables from all over nearby Odenwald. They have obtained the label ?Demeter? which means highest quality, ecological farming and genetically modified-free.
But back to the market square. It exists since mid 14th century, after Darmstadt received its ?city rights?. This gave permission to hold weekly and yearly markets.
On the opposite site of the castle is the town?s Rathaus, the town hall, which is of late renaissance (built 1588-90), but was rebuilt in it?s original style after WW II bombing. It houses some municipal departments and the civil registration office. But most famous is the restaurant ?Ratskeller? (english menu here => click), which serves Bavarian snacks and has its own brewery (Export and Pils and Maibock in the season). It is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Location of Darmstadt?s market square on Google Maps
And its alternatives:
Location of Riegerplatz & market on Google Maps,
Location of Hofgut Oberfeld on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., 2006; update October 2013: wording only.
Address: Darmstadt, opposite of Residence Castle
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