Once a year over the last weekend in September, the tiny village of Le Landeron in Switzerland transforms into the country’s largest antiques’ flea market, the Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron. Since it is a rather special, annual event, it attracts sellers and shoppers from all over the world. Over 300 antique dealers make the journey to Le Landeron to sell their wares at this amazing festival, and over 100,000 people attend the three-day event.
Le Landeron is a very historic village, so those interested in medieval architecture will certainly enjoy staying in this area. There are remarkable buildings to be seen. The location is beautiful as the village grew on the edge of Lake Biel and is surrounded by forest. And the Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron totally energizes the village (with a population of just 5,000 people!) for the weekend.
With both traders and buyers preparing year-round for this event, the Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron is obviously the pinnacle of antique collections in Switzerland. The types of items that can be found at the Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron are incredibly wide-ranging. And it is not just antique for sale! Every kind of household item from random knick-knacks to furniture is for sale, alongside quality vintage goods.
The Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron is open all day Saturday and Sunday, with a half-day on Friday set aside for vendors to create their stalls and prepare. The most determined antique shoppers make the most of those early shopping chances, and often it is the Friday afternoon that is the best time for bargain-hunting.
With so many stalls, goods and people completely filling up Le Landeron, the Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron can be a bit exhausting to walk around and take it all in. However, there are loads of stands offering food and drink, as well as restaurants and cafes through the village too, so shoppers can take their time and relax.
The Fête de la Brocante Le Landeron should be on the must-see list of anyone who has a love of antiques, and there is plenty of time to prepare the trip for next September!