The Anchor Clock Vienna, Austria – Ankeruhr

Anchor Clock of Vienna is a must see during the city walks there. Walking through the maze of roads in Vienna, we stumbled upon many interesting sights. One of them, in Hoher Markt, is the Anchor Clock. The clock very cleverly designed forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company’s building, though I am not sure whether it actually serves the purpose of a bridge.

Anchor Clock Vienna
Statues in Anchor Clock Vienna

Anchor Clock in Vienna

This clock was made between 1911 and 1917, its credits to painter Franz von Matsch. It is decorated with beautiful mosaic ornaments. There are human size figures which seemed to inch forward keeping pace with passing time. Unfortunately we were there between two striking hours, and we had to move on, so couldn’t witness the little drama that takes place at the moment when the hour strikes. You can plan your time well in advance if you are there and witness the little drama that happens at the strike of an hour.

Anchor Clock miraculously survived the world war II bombings in Vienna. Sadly many splendid mansions of that era got destroyed. Now there are more modern and functional kind of houses.

This picture below is the view of the clock just behind the bridge.

Statues in the Anchor Clock Vienna

The twelve statues that have been going around untiringly day after day, month after month, year after year are listed below:

1-2: The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who died near Vienna
2-3: Karl der Große (Charlemagne)
3-4: Duke Leopold VI (The Glorious) and his wife Theodora
4-5: Walther von der Vogelweide, Medieval minstrel singer
5-6: King Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife Anna von Hohenberg
6-7: Meister Hans Puchsbaum
7-8: Emperor Maximilian I
8-9: Mayor Johann Andreas von Liebenberg
9-10: Count Rüdiger von Starhemberg
10-11: Prince Eugene of Savoy
11-12: Empress Maria Theresia and Franz Stephan of Lorraine
12-1: Joseph Haydn

I think we saw King Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife Anna von Hohenberg moving ahead slowly that day.

Travel Tip for Anchor Clock Vienna

Arrive at noon as all twelve figures are paraded, accompanied by music.

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29 Responses

  1. Haddock says:

    Like that clock
    That is unique.(unfortunately we did not visit this place)

  2. what an entertaining display. i would have loved to stay and wait for the show 🙂

  3. Sylvia K says:

    That is fantastic! I had heard about it when we lived in Germany, but unfortunately, the time we had in Vienna was short. As always, your photos are the next best thing to being there! And thank you for the interesting information, as always! Hope your week is off to a good start, Indrani! Enjoy!


  4. Nice to know about these clocks.

  5. Bikramjit says:

    That is a lovely clock.. Nice one thank you for sharing …


  6. Lovely photos of clocks.

  7. Gary says:

    Fascinating post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. eileeninmd says:

    What a cool clock, I believe I have seen something similiar if not the same one on a TV show or movie before. Great photos and post.

  9. Lesley says:

    What a shame you missed the 'drama'! Still,it is a beautiful clock to admire even in its stillness.

  10. Ebie says:

    The face of the clock is delicate, what a beautify!

  11. Joop Zand says:

    Great photo's Indrani, very nice done.

    greetings, Joop

  12. I would definitely lose track of time marveling at the delightful historical performance of this animated clock!

  13. This is fascinating, Indrani. I would want to watch it go all the way around!

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  14. Love the antique clocks Indrani! I bet it sounds so loud when it chimes!

  15. Rajesh says:

    Fascinating clock.

  16. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what an amazing and lovely feat of engineering. Great shots!

  17. Pietro says:

    Really interesting this nice post about Vienna Anchor Clock, Indrani.

  18. A delightfully fascinating clock. The mosaic is amazing, having the look of a giant tapestry.

  19. Leovi says:

    Wonderful photos, I love you bring documentation with photos. Greetings.

  20. Meena says:

    Beautiful pics.. ALways wanted to visit Vienna or rather the whole of europe.. the way hostory is preserved there truly deserves a bow!

  21. kanak7 says:

    What a fascinating post! Your pictures are wonderful!

  22. Gattina says:

    This clock is beautiful ! very interesting post, I didn't know about the the statues !

  23. A GreatPhotographicMoments

  24. EG Wow says:

    Seems a very complicated way to keep time…but it sure is lovely!

  25. This Is amazing is'nt it? Probably one of the most beautiful . Excellent shots!

  26. What an intriguing post!

  27. snowwhite says:

    Interesting to know that the figures are moving in the clock!! Great story and photos! When next time you visit here, please take photos of the little drama and show them us!!
    Best wishes,

  28. Fascinating. There is one at the Salar Zung Museum, Hyderabad but that is no match for this at Vienna.

  29. George says:

    This is definitely interesting. I would sure like to see this unique clock in person.

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