Efteling – the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland – has welcomed the first visitors to its newest easting establishment – Bäckerei Krümel, the new artisanal bakery on Max & Moritz Plein (Square).
The two naughty rascals – Max and Moritz – after whom the square is names, “hid” the key to the building in a cake to delay proceedings as part of the official opening. When the doors could finally open, guests could be the first to taste traditional oven-baked treats, such as tray bakes, rolls and pizzas. The restaurant, which seats 125 inside and 50 outside, was built sustainably and is heated without gas.
With an investment of three million euros, this is the finishing touch to Max & Moritz Plein, which now reflects the Alpine village where the two boys lived with their mother in the German tale.
Project Manager Hospitality Melvin van Brakel says: “The building is reminiscent of a cosy German Konditorei with the nostalgic double-deck oven as its shining centrepiece. Here, oven baked goods are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With our traditional products, we respond to the wishes of our guests, who sometimes want to eat a quick bite and other times sit down for a meal. The menu includes themed Black Forest traybake, cheese rolls and Flammkuchen pizza bread. These are accompanied by coffee specials or fresh juices. Under the heading ‘The Better Choice’, we also offer healthier alternatives, such as wholemeal or vegetable varieties, and there are diet-friendly and vegetarian fillings. My favourite are the ‘Deugnieten‘: soft, sweet little bread men in the shape of the naughty boys Max and Moritz.”