It was in 1786 across the now former Royal & Imperial Hofburgtheatre that confectioner Ludwig Dehne opened his confiserie, which almost instantly flourished into a success story. In 1856 the confectionery became the Demel that we know and love today. By that time it had already become a hotspot among aristocrats and Vienna’s bourgeoisie.
Whether it was young Emperor Franz Joseph I., who would write love-letters about the large variety of treats or his Elizabeth, who could not get enough of the famous violet-sorbet, Demel became a pilgrimage site for those with a sweet tooth and kept its status even after the fall of the monarchy. And it still is. The confectionery has its own museum and even a glossary.