When entering the Hofgasse you will not only notice the lusciously carved wooden portal of the Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax, but also the lovely smell of baking emitting from there. The “Hof-” indicating a “kaiserlicher und königlicher Hoflieferant” – a business, having earned the privilege of supplying products to the former Austro-Hungarian imperial household. The narrow town house dates from the 15th and 16th century, it was first used as a bakery in 1850.
In 1891 Franz Tax took over the bakery and commissioned Anton Irschick to design and build the wooden portal. The expensively carved, neo-baroque oak portal with walnut inlays and a gold plated double eagle above the entrance, extends to the entire facade of the ground floor. What is now a shop window (left) used to be the entrance to a back alley called the “Blutgassl” – blood alley – where prisoners were taken from the prison in the Schlossberg to be publicly executed on the Hauptplatz.
Address:Hofgasse 6, 8010 Graz