Gasthaus zum Anker (Niedernhausen)

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The anchor a few months before its demolition

The Gasthaus zum Anker (also known as the Alte Post ) was a pub on the property at Wiesbadener Straße 6 in the old town center of Niedernhausen in the Rheingau-Taunus district in Hesse .


The building was probably erected in the second half of the 17th century in the center of the village not far from the intersection of the connecting roads to Idstein and Wiesbaden . Opposite was the manor mill, the most handsome courtyard in the village.

On January 25, 1734, the then owner Johann Conrad Braun, a former hut clerk , received the shield economy from his Nassau sovereign for an annual interest of 50 guilders and with the brewing justice also the right to brew beer and distill brandy. According to tradition, the pub had no reputation among the people and Braun was in debt. After his death, his son-in-law Johann Adam Schäfer, who had already operated the distillery next to the inn from 1749, took over the anchor . But even he could not earn the annual interest and accumulated debts. Finally, he handed the property over to his son-in-law Heinrich Kreusel, who lived in Niederseelbach .

During the Second World War, the rear part of the inn, which housed a dance hall, was destroyed in a bomb attack on March 9, 1945. After the war ended, the building served as a residential building. A gable inscription mentioned a repair in 1957. Later a bakery and then an office was located there.

Since the nearby intersection was expanded in 1972 and the manor mill opposite was demolished in the course of the construction work, the anchor was the only remaining historical building in an isolated urban situation. The building was falling into disrepair. After the monument protection was lifted, the last owner implemented a demolition permit that had been in place for years on February 23, 2008.


  • Dagmar Söder: Cultural monuments in Hessen: Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis II. Altkreis Untertaunus. Wiesbaden 2003
  • Mathias Gubo: The "anchor" has rarely brought luck , in: Wiesbadener Kurier, February 26, 2008

Coordinates: 50 ° 9 ′ 39 ″  N , 8 ° 19 ′ 2.2 ″  E