Imagine walking into the most lavishly decorated room in Versailles to buy a piece of cheese or some yogurt. That's what you'll feel in Pfunds Molkerei.
Located at Bautzner Straße 79, in Dresden, Pfunds Molkerei is one of Germany's most popular tourist attractions, with more than 500,000 tourists visiting each year.
That's pretty unusual for a dairy shop, but this is no ordinary dairy shop. It is as beautiful as a palace. The entire place is decorated with ceramic tiles produced by Villeroy & Boch and hand painted by local artists in the New Renaissance style. In 1998, Pfunds Molkerei was awarded the title "World's Most Beautiful Dairy Shop" by the Guinness World Records.
The history of Pfunds Molkerei can be traced back to 1879, when German farmer Paul Pfund moved from Reinholdshain to Dresden with six cows and lots of pigs. He founded a small dairy business on Görlitzer Straße, where passersby can observe how the milk is milking and how it is prepared for sale. The following year, Paul's brother, actor Friedrich Pfund, joined the business and together they founded the dairy firm Dresdner Gebrüder Pfund.
Friedrich Pfund died in 1893, but sons Paul, Kurt and Max, later joined the company and helped the brand grow. Initially, the modest dairy company processed 150 liters of milk per day, but by 1930, they were processing more than 60,000 liters per day. Using the excess milk, Pfund became the first manufacturer of condensed milk in Germany, and also started selling milk soaps and baby formula.
The beautiful Pfunds Molkerei milk shop with its present appearance was built in 1891 and decorated with fine ceramic tiles made by one of the oldest ceramic companies in Germany, Villeroy & Boch.
Pfunds Molkerei miraculously survived the bombings of Dresden during World War 2, and continued to operate until 1978. It was not until 1995 that the dairy shop opened again. Since then, the inspirational store has become a globally famous landmark of Dresden.
Business was devastated due to the pandemic, but as Pfunds Molkerei survived the two world wars, it will also make it through this storm.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday from 10 AM to 3 ON (This schedule has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic). Photography is not allowed, but the press and media may request it.
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