Tongeren flea market

by Megan Finley, Contributing writer
Courtesy photo Tongeren Flea Market
Courtesy photo
Tongeren flea market

As a former Roman city and oldest town in Belgium, Tongeren also has bragging rights as hosting the largest flea market in the Benelux region and second largest in Europe.

While most businesses and shops are closed for quiet Sundays, Tongeren flea market makes a fantastic Sunday trip.

Located less than three hours from Kaiserslautern, Tongeren hosts an impressive market for shoppers in every price range. Whether you are on the hunt for furniture to knick-knacks, or linens to art pieces, Tongeren is a shopper’s paradise.
Here are some tips when planning a trip to Tongeren:

  •  First and foremost, plan for the first Sunday of the month because all of the other shops and restaurants will be in full swing.  Tongeren itself is a town you will not regret having the opportunity to experience.
  •  Make sure you bring plenty of euro since this is the only form of payment accepted. Bringing a few shopping bags or a wagon is not such a bad idea either.  Many folks find themselves with a fully loaded wagon after perusing the market stalls.  So you don’t get your hands too full, some stalls even offer delivery. Make sure you have enough free space in your car.
  •  Remember, no price is set in stone ― this market is a great place to practice your haggling skills. Unfortunately, this is the kind of experience where you may feel like you have found a great deal and then walk four stalls down where a vendor may offer the same product for cheaper. Of course if you see something you really want, it is not a bad idea to pounce on it ― it could be gone by the time you make it back around.

Tongeren flea market has a reputation for repeat shoppers every year as it winds through streets dotted with quaint antique shops. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. For details, visit