Whilst this short summary may be interesting itself, a closer look at the details proves to be even more fascinating. Let’s take a look at Fürst’s history, step by step.
Original location on Alter Markt
The first written mention of the building which housed the original store on Brodgasse goes back to 1391, in which it was referred to as a court baker’s house. It has been a protected heritage building since 1991.
In 1887 a shop in Dreifaltikgeitsgasse, which had been the location of the oldest confectionery in Salzburg, was taken over.
In order to live up to the name “Mozartkugel” – or “Mozart ball” in English – the treat was to be perfectly round, and thus each individual candy was placed on a stick before being dipped in chocolate. ORIGINAL SALZBURGER MOZARTKUGELN are still made using this manufacturing process today.
Back then, motorised operations were pushing innovation forward, and Konditorei Fürst installed its first telephone line in 1902. From then on, it could be quickly reached on the easy-to-remember telephone number “272”.
The elaborate production process was captured for eternity in famous photographs that show the creator of the Mozartkugel in his kitchen. PAUL FÜRST was awarded the grand title of purveyor to the court of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in recognition of the quality of his products.
In 1980, the publication “Mozart und die Kugeln” honoured PAUL FÜRST’S creation in a detailed account with the words: “Paul Fürst’s creation was a great success... the 'Mozartkugel' is an Austrian invention by an Austrian confectioner in his Salzburg confectionery.”
During his time, the number of English-speaking guests in Salzburg increased steadily and so Gustav Fürst designed a postcard that described his “Salzburg Mozartkugel” in English.
In 1983, Herbert Fürst received the silver city seal on the occasion of the company’s 100th anniversary. He continued to develop the business and handed the company over to his son, master confectioner Norbert Fürst, in 1985.
In 1985, he started creating a series of new house specialities that have been awarded several gold medals. A large selection of candies, pralines and truffles have been produced by professionally skilled hands in CAFE KONDITOREI FÜRST ever since.
He rightfully calls his creation: “ORIGINAL SALZBURGER MOZARTKUGEL”.