Canteen of the Anker Bread Factory Vienna

Bread Factory

I’ll start with a Google translation from German into English of this site: Vienna History Wiki – Ankerbrotfabrik

Anker bread factory ( 10 , Absberggasse 35). The Viennese brothers Heinrich and Fritz Mendl, who worked in Döbling as “Commissionswarenhändler”, acquired the bankrupt company of the favorite baker Emanuel Adler ( Himberger Straße 49 10 , Keplerplatz 12]), founded on July 1, 1891 the Viennese bread – and biscuit factory Heinrich & Fritz Mendl and chose to their trademarks the anchor (symbol of the trust and the security, 1893 protected as a trademark) .On November 5, 1892, the operation was substantially expanded (36 -meter-long oven with ten ovens) and finally, moved to its present location on June 7, 1893. Around 1900, architect Friedrich Schön built the first part of the present complex with master builder Karl Michner & Josef Herzberg, which was continually expanded until 1925. In 1906, the company name was changed to “Anker”. The company soon enjoyed great popularity with its products and in 1914 employed nearly 1,300 people. In 1918, the workforce formed a “workers’ army” to protect the factory, and in 1922 it was converted into a family working group (Fritz Mendl, president until his death in 1929), producing pasta in 1931. In the 1930s Advertising slogan “What does the Viennese look forward to when they come from their holidays? On high spring water and anchor bread” they are well known. In 1938 the business was aryanized, in 1939 a strike was called against the equalization of payroll tax on the higher German tax, which was terminated by the Gestapo; During the Second World War , various resistance groups formed in the Ankerbrotfabrik ( memorial plaque in the courtyard). After reconstruction, the factory began innovating marketing in the 1950s, paying attention to public health issues as well (inclusion of seed bread and wholegrain bread in the production range). The share capital was held until 1969 by the Mendlschen heirs, 1969-1981 of the Schoeller group. The stagnation that has been recognizable since the mid-1960s led to the merger in 1970 with the second largest Viennese bread factory, also owned by Schoeller’s industrial group, the Hammerbrotwerke (parent company in the 21st district), the “Vereinigte Nahrungsmittel Industrie Arbeitsgemeinschaft”, which, however, did not bring any fundamental improvement In the 1970s, the number of staff was reduced from around 3,000 to around 1,900, and the Floridsdorfer company was closed down.In 1981, the owners decided to sell to the former Supervisory Board member Dr. Helmut Schuster, who founded a GmbH with his brother Gerhard and innovate in the In 1984, the old name of the company (Anker-Arbeitsgemeinschaft) was reactivated, but the design of the symbol was changed in 1985. In 1987, the company received the Austrian Marketing Prize, and by the end of 1990 there were 270 branches, which gradually received a modern design n; it employed about 300 bakers and 250 breadwomen in delivery. The new corporate concept led to a recognizable upswing of the long-established company.

Actually my idea was to show some interior details of the restaurant in the Bread Factory….It has its own website as Magdas Kantine and as part of the Bread Factory

The fun part is that they used a couple of old panelled doors both to separate seating possibilities but also as a background to benches in another corner.

The Anker Bread factory is worth a visit apart from the canteen as it has several modern art venues in the complex.



Hofwijck (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɔfʋɛik]; or Vitaulium in Latin) is a mansion built for 17th-century politician Constantijn Huygens. It is located in Voorburg on the Vliet canal from Den Haag to Leiden

After he became a widower, Huygens bought land on the Vliet in Voorburg with plans to build a summer home. At the time it was quite fashionable to have a summer home on a river or canal, and old maps of Voorburg show Hofwijck as one of many. The building itself and the gardens (originally on both sides of the Vliet) were designed by Huygens himself in cooperation with the Dutch architect Jacob van Campen. The estate was to be “a harmonious piece of paradise on earth, with a garden in God’s image and likeness.” Huygens was very much inspired by the works of classical Roman architect Vitruvius. Another Dutch Architect, Pieter Post, was in charge of the actual building activities.

The building was erected in unplastered brick and is in the Classicist style. It stands in the centre of a square swan pond.[1] Hofwijck was inaugurated in 1642 in the company of friends and relatives.

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If you book me as a skipper on the Willemsvaart on a nice day, you can make a similar photo.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, København

When in Copenhagen, you have at least to drive, bike or walk past Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, København, a piece of Gesamt Architecture designed between 1956 and 1960 by one of Danish starchitects, Arne Jacobsen. Arne also designed a lot of the Interior. Think Egg chair and Swan Chair. Unfortunately there is only one hotel room (Room 606) left in the original style. However you can opt to sleep in it if you want and if you can afford it. It is expensive!

Built as the SAS Royal Hotel, the hotel was renamed the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in 1994, when SAS bought a share in the foreign division of Radisson hotels. When SAS sold their share in 2009, it was renamed as Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, København

Changing of the Guard in Copenhagen

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When in Copenhagen, the changing of the guard around noon is a must see. One of the reasons is that it is cosy and small rather than the changing of the guard in London. There are three types of Watch, The Kings watch when the queen is resident in the Amalienborg Palace, the Lieutenant Watch when HRH The Crown Prince is serving as regent and it can also be established if either HRH Prince Joachim or HRH Princess Benedikte act as regent. The Lieutenant’s watch can also be established when HRH The Prince Consort is in residence at Christian IX’s Palace. As part of this watch, the parade marches at 11.30 from the Life Guard Barracks under the command of a captain or a first lieutenant.

The smallest type of watch is called a Palace watch and is established when no royal family members are residing at Amalienborg. When a Palace watch is established, a commanding sergeant and the guard force march from the Life Guard Barracks at 11.32.

These photo’s are from the simple Palace Watch changing, but nevertheless nice to see and where will you see a police officer hand over his police hat to a tourist to take a photo with him as in the first two photo’s?

Copenhagen – Bike City

There are systems in the city like other cities for bike rental. But you have to register, give your creditcard and God knows what else details in case you might have a plan to bomb something in the city.

Then it is simply much more fun to rent a bike at decent rates at the bike rental on the corner of Nyhavn and Havngade… It seems they rent hats as well so you don’t lose your beloved one under way…