One of Viennas most famous palaces has been turned into a hotel. That was in 1873. The decade preceding this change saw Vienna under construction. Franz Joseph, a young and dynamic emperor, had the Ringstrasse built.
One architectural jewel after another emerged around this necklace of stone: the City Hall, the Burgtheater, the Parliament, the Vienna State Opera. Here, too, stood the luxuriously appointed private palace of the Prince of Württemberg. But the prince sold his palace, and in 1873 it was converted into a hotel. The Imperial.
Its central location, magnificent furnishings and first class management immediately make it Vienna’s leading hotel, the establishment frequented by officials of state, great artists and international travellers. The Imperial’s outstanding cuisine puts it in a league with the finest restaurants on the continent.
Richard Wagner lived here for weeks. It was Bismarck's Viennese residence.
Charlie Chaplin thought it the finest hotel he had ever lived in, an opinion shared by the Queen of England.
All Vienna’s most distinguished visitors have resided at the Imperial, from state visitors to celebrated tenors. When in Austria, they like to stay in the Royal Suite, one of the most beautiful and grandest hotel suites in the world. This book presents you the history of a unique Viennese institution, from the 1870s to the present day; a look behind the scenes of a hotel which is one of the finest in the world.
This book is bilingual (English and German).