The Grand Hotel Treasury – Vienna, Austria (English)

The Grand Hotel Treasury – Vienna, Austria (English)



over 160 historic and contemporary phrotographs and illustrations

Leather-bound edition







120 x 210 mm, 190 g

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In 1870, the Grand Hotel in Vienna was the first hotel on the Ringstrasse. We are sorry but this book about the oldest of all Viennese (famous) hotels is currently out of print! But no fear – help is near: we have the hard-cover of the GRAND HOTEL VIENNA still in store.

In 1870, the Grand Hotel in Vienna was the first hotel on the Ringstrasse. It set modern standards, comprising all the elements of a hotel as we would know it today: restaurants, bars, a wide variety of salons, an inhouse laundry and some we wouldn't consider standard – such as a carpenter's workshop and its own stables!

Until late into the 19th century, a hotel of international standards was often no more than a maison meublée, a house that rented out furnished rooms. Any extra services such as lighting (candles), delivery of the luggageto the room (bell boy services) or even heating (logs for the fireplace), – all standard today – were separate sservices for which the hotel charged extra.

Offten restaurants were not part of the hotel but leased to somebody from outside. When the tradition of the table d’hôte came into fashion, the money-losing restaurants finally started to show a profit (everybody ate at the same time in one dining room, served from large trays). Taking at least one meal a day at the hotel was part of the hotel's terms.

The Grand Hotel deserved its name. It soon had over 300 rooms and was, by the way, the first hotel to be called ‘Grand’ in the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire and one of the first in Europe. Others, such as the fabled Grand in Oslo and Stockholm were opened many years later. Accompany us on a stroll through the history of Vienna and its first and only Grand Hotel. Join us on a walk down memory lane, where more than 150 years of an exciting past pave the way of this unique hotel, which has survived two world wars. When the hotel reopened its doors in 1994, after a major face-lift within its original historc façade, it had a long story to tell. Here it is: ...

One of the exciting things in publishing is the production of a good and attractive table of contents. At the Grand Hotel we did this one:

May we give you an idea about this book by simply presenting you the Table of Content:

Prologue "Tasty? Quelle Malheur!" Historical Footnotes 12 Welcome to Vienna - King Richard the Lionheart of England - Hostage in Austria - Viennese Coffee for Beginners - Empress Maria Theresia - Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss - Napoleon - The Waltz - Artistocracy - Viennese Cuisinne - Setting The Stage 32 Modern Vienna - Emperor Franz Joseph - ‘Ringstrasse’ - Kippling, Wagner, Verdi, Bizet, Bruckner, Dickens and Queen Victoria - Königgraetz & Lissa - Johann Strauss - Baedecker - Sacher, Schneider, Tietz - Money To Invest 42 I build you the largest Hotel in Vienna - The Private Mansion of Anton Schneider - First Viennese Hotel Joint-Stock Company - The new Opera House - The Suez Canal Myth - Cornerstone to the Grandest Hotel in Vienna - Wagon Lits - Grand Hotel on Wheels How Will You Call Your Hotel? 52 Adler, Lehar, Schliemann, Rockefeller - Splendid, Luxurious and First-Class - The Grand Hotel 58 The First Grand Hotel in the World - American Steam Elevators - 200 Private Bathrooms - Executive Chef LouisTremmel - Modern Times 66 The World Exhibition - Grand Hotel: Magnificent Dining Rooms and an Outstanding Porter ... - The Invention of the Telephone - Installed in Every Room - Eduard Strauss Conducts - Which Prince? - The Haunt of Aristocrates - The Imperial Opens - 78 Pulp Fiction at the Grand Hotel Countess Maria Larisch at the Grand Hotel - Franz Joseph Versus Rudolf - Cupid pierced the heart of Rudolf - Baroness Mary Vetsera - The Grand Hotel - Epicentre of the Happenings - A Last Will - 90 The Grand Journey The Orient Express Stops in Vienna - Grand Hotels in Europe - The Last Civilised Culinary Stop - Yvette Guilbert - Crocodiles Not Allowed - 98 A Great Jubilee 1894, Johann Strauss, Fifty Years Jubilee - Brahms and Prince Konstantin of Russia - The Bangquette’s Menue - 104 The Turn of Times One of the Most Popular Politicians - The Glamorous Centre of the Empire - House-Fiaker Payerhuber - - Strategical Teatime - The Great War - 116 A New Beginning Charleston took over from Waltz - Vienna recovers - Peculiar Guests - A New Regime - Major Facelift - The Future -

Andreas Augustin
The Grand Hotel Treasury
based on “Grand Hotel Vienna” by Andreas Augustin (1994)
First Edition 2002

We are indebted to Franz Donhauser, general manager of the Grand Hotel, who so well understands the value of the hotel’s rich past.
Hans Turnovszky must be mentioned as the father of this project and as strong support of The Most Famous Hotels in the World idea.
Many thanks go to Silvia Kahler, director of PR who helped so much in the compilation of this book. Otto Scheiner, doyen of the Austrian hospitality businessremembered his days at the Grand Hotel in the 1930s.
Copy Editor: Carola E. Augustin
English Language editor: Francesca Brizi
Photographs: Grand Hotel archives, Famous Hotels Archives, BIldarchiv der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Imperial War Museum London.

German edition under the title: Grand Hotel Wien Treasury

Design: Ramazotti Michelangelo
© Andreas Augustn, Famous Hotels

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Dear wonderful Readers; 

It is noteworthy that, contrary to all predictions, interest in good books is not dwindling. 

The first copies of THE HALF MOON TREASURY are being released – exclusively to our readers (and before its official launching date). 

We have released a reprint of our successful book THE WESTIN EXCLESIOR ROME, the most famous hotel on Via Veneto. 

The new edition of THE STRAND (Yangon,Myanmar), for example, receives wonderful readers' feedback — thank you for your notes and mails. METROPOLE HANOI and ORIENTAL BANGKOK were relaunched in brand new edtions. The Oriental book is the first to present the (very) complete list of all authors who had ever visited.

We dispatch all our books personally autographed (as you know).

Have a save journey!

Andreas Augustin

aa at famoushotels dot org

"The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life."

George Bernard Shaw

1856, Dublin, Republic of Ireland – 1950, Ayot St Lawrence, UK

Irish playwright, critic and polemicist

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