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Opened in 1892, the Viennese Hotel Bristol’s story is full of exciting
events, famous guests and lovely anecdotes. This book puts an end to all speculation around the name Bristol and a certain Earl of Bristol.
Since its opening the hotel has been a home away from home for celebrities including all famous singers who made their appearance at the opera house vis-à-vis, from Australian singer Dame Nelly Melba and Enrico Caruso to Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.
Peace Nobel Prize winner Bertha von Suttner met her political rival Theodore Roosevelt, George Gershwin was an American in Vienna, while working on “An American in Paris” at the Bristol and the Maharaja of Patiala borrowed the Bristol’s staff for his travels through Europe.
Famous artists, Nobel Prize winners and crowned heads have walked through the doors of this hotel and so they wander through the pages of this book. Here you meet them again: from Rubinstein to Puccini, from the Khedive of Egypt to the Prince of Wales, who secretly arrived with his great love, Wallis Simpson. Today, the Prince of Wales Suite bears witness to this wonderful romance.
We meet hundreds of famous visitors and guests, among them also the leading figures of the US forces during the occupation after the Second World War, many artists, and the conductors of the most famous orchestras in the world, among them Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein.
Visit the hotel’s history site here and watch historical movies and see original documents.
Over 200 historical and contemporary photographs, drawings and illustrations.