FROM The man in the front seat / May 3, 2018

Marchfelderhof, Deutsch-Wagram

In the middle of the Marchfeld plain in Deutsch-Wagram you will find the country inn, Marchfelderhof. History The 13thcentury village of Deutsch-Wagram was a small settlement that would make the headlines on several occasions. Due to its geographical location, the peasants of the Marchfeld had to fight troops who were invading from the east, this included Huns, Avars, Turks, Magyars along with the French and Swedes attacking from the west. There is also, not very far away, the location of the Battle of Jedenspeigen, where in 1278, the Hapsburg dynasty […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / February 15, 2014

Cailler – first chocolatier in switzerland

In 1814, François-Louis Cailler went to a local fair in Turin, Italy and tasted, for the first time, chocolate. Loving the taste so much he eventually stayed there 4 years learning the art of chocolate making. When he returned to Switzerland he opened the very first Swiss chocolate factory, Cailler, in Corsier, near Lausanne. In 1825 he opened a second factory which he sold to his son Julian and his son-in-law Daniel Peter. Daniel Peter revolutionised the chocolate industry in 1875 when , with the help of his neighbour Henri […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 27, 2013


Anyone venturing into Austria or Germany from late April to the middle of June will be greeted in many place with signs advertising “Spargelzeit” or “Spargelsaison”. What this means is that Asparagus Season is upon us, unlike in the Southern Hemisphere however these asparagus are white not green. Although grown in numerous places, Baden-Wurttemberg, Hesse and Alsace are the most well known areas as white asparagus needs a specific combination of soil, temperature and rain to produce the perfect taste. Each year Germany grows more than 55,000 tonnes of the […]

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