From the Habsburger Empire to the Congress of Vienna, from Jugendstil to the present day – if our walls could speak, our hotel could regale you with a multitude of stories.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Sisi
Born on 24 December 1837 in Munich
Deceased on 10 September 1898 in Geneva
Eponym of our hotel in the heart of Vienna
In 1860, under the ownership of Andreas Bauer, a hotelier from Bad Ischl, the house was given the name “Empress of Austria” by court decree.
Since then, Sisi, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, has given her name to our hotel, which is steeped in history and tradition.
The history of our house goes far back into the past. First mentioned in 1348, it has a lot to tell in the following centuries from different owners, the turmoil of the Turkish siege to the bombardment by the French under Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
Prominent and dazzling personalities from noble circles have always been loyal guests in our house. Countess Lützow, Princess Hohenlohe, Count E. Kinsky or Otto von Habsburg leave a touch of imperial history. The stay of artists and cultural figures has been a tradition in our house from the very beginning.
Lord Albrecht von Mistelbach
First mentioned during the era of Rudolf IV (the Founder).
Herding der Brünner, “Panzermacher” (armor maker)
S.M. Emperor Friedrich III
The building was known as the “Alter Dechanthof”
Inherited from Stefan Slyner
Kaspar Neupeck, Bishop of Vienna
Thereafter owned for a long period by the aristocratic Neupeck family
Reconstruction was necessary after the 2nd Turkish siege.
Emanuel v. Dorin
Construction and renovation in 1804; henceforth a 4-story building
Franz Xaver v. Buchberg
Damaged in a bombardment by French troops under the command of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
Andreas Bauer, hotelier from Bad Ischl
Given the name “Kaiserin von Österreich” (‘Empress of Austria’) by imperial decree
M.Engelmann / F.Torscht / Klindert-Bayer
Damaged by a bomb on 12th March.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Cavalry Captain Baron von Mertens; Count and Countess Ad. Schönfeld, Graz; Count L. Colloredo, Milan; Prince Grimaldi con Toscana; Prince Carl von Baden; Count G. Batthian; Countess Peyrette de Concorde
Prince Karl Auersperg, Prague; Prince Karl of Bavaria; Princess Hohenlohe, Baden; Countess Lützow, Rome; Princess M. Cantacuzine
Court Kapellmeister Franz Liszt; Major General Prince Holstein, Ödenburg; Count E. Kinsky, Ischl
Secretary of Embassy Vicomte F. Arjuzon, Paris; Count Nostiz, Prague, Lieutenant Colonel Prince L. Hohenlohe, Prague;
Anton Rubinstein; Count A. Kaunitz; Duke Nikolaus von Württemberg
Marie, Duchess of Parma, Prince Robert de Bourbon
Richard Wagner, H. Rotschild, Frankfurt, Duke E. Sforza, Venice
Richard Wagner, court organist Anton Bruckner; Moritz Schwind
General Graf Radetzky; Abeé Franz Liszt
August von Pettenkofen
Olga Tschechova, Vera Tschechova
Lil Dagover, Curd Jürgens
Otto von Habsburg
Udo Jürgens, Paul Flora