The Bakery Bridge


This wooden bridge leads from one of the grain magazines in the Southern Magazine House to the Kongens Bastion (King’s Bastion) where the wind mill is found.

The magazines had a capacity of 11000 barrels of grain, all of which should be milled into flour, and then brought back by the bridge to the bakery, which was in the lower storey.


In the bakery the dough was prepared by the ”slaves”, which were prisoners convicted to hard labor, as seen in this sketch by C.W. Eckersberg and formed into rye bread, black bread that was given to the soldiers as part of their salary. Such a bread was held worth 2 skilling. The dough should weigh 7½ pound, and after baking not less than 6½ pound – but when on exercise or in war bread weighing only 5½ pound were given, since it had to be carried in the rucksack.

Originally a similar bridge has led to the northern magazine house, this one leading to the upper storey. It is the one shown in the famous painting by the “Golden age” painter Købke, and it shows his sister walking this bridge.

The Købke family  lived in the citadel, in a flat in the northern Magazine building. Købke’s father was the baker, or as it was called then: Bread Baking Entrepreneur.