Weekly market - every Wednesday and Saturday and always at the Maxplatz

The Maxplatz is not only an ideal place for the Hofer weekly market. You can’t just get vegetables and fruits near the double-winged doors of St. Michael’s Church!

The Maxplatz was created after the great fire in 1823 as the need for a “real” market place with trees and a monument in the middle instead of a market on the street arose.

The weekly market, however, didn’t move to the Maxplatz from the town hall square before the 19th century. The district “Orla” became a public place where the market could be moved to from the Ludwigstraße after the removal of the middle buildings.

The place got its name in honor of the reigning Bavarian king Maximilian. The Maxplatz was inaugurated on occasion of Maximilian’s 25th jubilee on 16th February 1825. Today there is a fountain with a scene of a medieval market in the lower part of the Maxplatz.

Every Wednesday and Saturday the weekly market takes place here and every last Saturday of the month there are the widely known farmer’s markets.

Several times a year the merchants come up with something special: the highlights of the market season are the theme markets for which people travel from far away to see.

So depending on the season it’s an asparagus, game or South Tyrol market that will be the culinary event. A stroll over the market is the best way to hear about what Hofer cook for dinner on Sunday. They like to talk about “Schwammabrieh” (mushroom soup), “Ballnglees” (a kind of dumplings), “ausgezonga Pfannakung” (a sweet dish), “Kümmelstella” (caraway rolls), “gebackenes Blut” (traditional dish with blood), “Gansjung” (heart, stomach, liver etc of a goose), “Speckfett” (lard with apples), “Schlauchbrieh mit Ochsenaugen” (a kind of soup). You can learn about the best way to grow marjoram – the favorite spice of Hofer people – and get tips if your Kochkäs (a cheese) won’t turn out well.

Some housewives who – with pride – tell how many of her dumplings were consumed the Sunday before become silent when you ask about the recipe for real Hofer Schnitz (vegetables and meat) – it’s a well kept secret!

View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower ist worth the climb of 152 steps. In 32 meters you have a magnificent view over the city.
The tower is open during the summer months. You get the key at the tourist information.

Opening details

Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday             10 am - 1 pm
Open Sundays    1 pm - 6 pm


View from the city hall tower

The view from the city hall tower is worth-while the climb of the 152 steps. At a height of 32 m one has a wonderful view of the city.

The tower is accessible in the summer months during the opening hours of the tourist information. There you can also get the key.