The Ritz Robbery — César Ritz, born in the Swiss village of Niederwald on 23 February 1850, began his hotel career at the age of 15 in Switzerland, but he truly learnt his trade in the French capital, Paris.
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At the WEF World Economic Forum, former soccer president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter meets UN Secretary General Kofi Anan at the Grand Hotel Belvedere Davos Switzerland.
Photograph by Marcel Giger, 2015 > More
In 1890, Queen Vitoria's court photographer A.L.Henderson recorded this wonderful scene at the Grand Hotel Belvedere in Davos, Switzerland. A true treasure of photography and hospitality. More...
During the research for his new book People's Grand Hotel Xi'an (China) Andreas Augustin explores a secret underground tunnel, which served as a path between the People's Grand Hotel and the next "Building No 2". The hotel was built in 1953, and this tunnel is today closed. More
In 1916, at the height of the so called Great War, the 'God of Dance', Vaslav Nijinsky, found himself and his little family stranded in Vienna.
In 1810 a French hotelier called Joseph Sauve converted the Roman Palazzo Conti into a hotel. Following the Italian Unification in 1871, Palazzo Conti was renamed Hôtel Minerva-Cavour e Francia. In the twentieth century it was briefly Crowne Plaza Minerva before becoming Grand Hôtel de La Minerve as it is today.
For most of us the worst and certainly final of all nightmares is to die abroad. But some had made it a point to die at a certain place. History is full of these incidents. Some hotels become the departing point of the final journey. The horror of a hotelier is the customer, who has arrived to depart. In Austria one hotel even has its own cemetery.
With Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot returned to the screen. Andreas Augustin discovers large gaps between solid pillars of hard facts, like suspension bridges between two solid rocks, which fluctuate violently in the wind of the researcher’s curiosity.
Alois Negrelli drew up the first acceptable plan to build the Suez Canal. It was clear from its very beginning: the Suez Canal is one of the most important achievements in the history of travel and transport. Opened in 1869 the story goes back to 246 BC.