The Straße des 17. Juni flea market (also known as Der Original Berliner Trödelmarkt) in Berlin, looks back on a long tradition. The market takes place twice a week, at the famous Straße des 17. Juni, on both sides of the Charlottenburger Tor, near the S-Bahn Tiergarten. Therefore, locals also refer to this market as Charlottenburg Flea Market or Tiergarten Flea Market.
The Flea Market at Straße des 17. Juni is particularly central and nestled in the heart of Berlin’s history. It is very popular among locals and tourists alike (and among famous personalities too!), and many travel guides recommend it, because it is surrounded by historic landmarks.
The Straße des 17. Juni flea market has all sorts of junks on retail (only “vintage” stuff, as new items are prohibited). Items on sale include furniture, records, old movies, computer games, vintage clothing, accessories, porcelain, jewelry and old paintings. Anyone looking for bargains should show up at the flea market as early as possible. This applies to any flea market around the world. No exception here, except that this flea market only “opens its gates” at 9:45 a.m., which is a pretty decent time compared to most flea markets.
At around 10:00 a.m. the flea market has not yet been (generally speaking) strolled by hordes of visitors. It is the best time of the day to browse the stalls one by one, in a relaxed ambiance. As the day goes by, however, more and more people flock at the flea market; various guides and their groups of tourists, fill the alleys, and the best antiques and unique gems are already gone by then.
The price level of most items sold at the flea market is not too high, as no luxury goods per se are retailed. Art items are of pretty high quality, but still remain affordable. The communication between dealers and buyers is rather loose and after a hard bargaining/haggling, everyone meets around a cup of tea or coffee (beer works too) to celebrate the deal.
Overlooking the Tiergarten, the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate, the Straße des 17. Juni flea market is by itself a small retreat that offers a break from the bustling activity of the city.