Collection of antiques in Vienna's oldest hotel
Tracing the history of the Hotel Stefanie
The Hotel Stefanie in Vienna's city centre can look back on a history of more than 400 years. This atmosphere steeped in history is reflected in the elegant and antique interior design of the hotel. When entering the lobby, you can feast your eyes on numerous precious antiques and enjoy the exceptional flair of Vienna's oldest hotel .
The select, beautiful antiques and lovingly collected pieces keep history alive and form part of the atmosphere that is the hallmark of Vienna's oldest hotel. Thanks to the collector's passion of the Schick family, guests nowadays enjoy the magnificent atmosphere of the restaurant and lobby its array of exceptional antique silverware, porcelain or watches, some of which were even personal possessions of Crown Princess Stephanie, without foregoing modern conveniences.
Embark on an real-life journey back in time at the Historic Hotel of Europe
You will feel like an Emperor or Empress in the days of the Habsburg Monarchy during your stay at the Hotel Stefanie in the centre of Vienna. The hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of Europe because of its documented history spanning more than 400 years and its unique combination of historical ambience and modern, state-of-the-art amenities.
Fine Meissner porcelain presented in the lobby
The Emperor's room key
The Emperor's key
Bust of Princess Stephanie
Uniform of an imperial (k.u.k.) lieutenant colonel of the Hussar Regiment
Silverware in a display case in the lobby
Hotel & restaurant with a collection of valuable antiques
A familiar scene: at a family meal, our grandparents recount the stories of their lives, while their children and grandchildren listen in rapt attention to the tales from days gone by. This same, special feeling of familiarity will embrace you on your visit to the Hotel Stefanie.
Reflect on the noble, 'silent witnesses' to the days of old that document the hotel's commitment to preserving its historical legacy while you enjoy the excellent Viennese delicacies in the restaurant . The antiques collected by the Schick family are not merely decorative trinkets, they create a fascinating atmosphere.Feast your eyes on valuable silver, delicate porcelain, antique watches, historical furniture and much more. The collection of antiques includes even some items that belonged to Crown Princess Stefanie herself as well as a bust of the Princess. These precious details together with the loving presentation of the antiques will capture and hold your attention.
An in-depth look at the history of Vienna's oldest hotel
Guests can explore the historical ambience of the hotel not only through the precious antiques. A commemorative book devoted to its history documents the rich and varied past of the hotel. The book is on sale at reception. It spans over 400 years of history at the Hotel Stefanie, the former White Rose inn.
The Hotel Stefanie has existed in Taborstrasse, in the 2nd district, for more than 400 years and is thus demonstrably the oldest remaining hotel in Vienna . House and land registers show that a hospitality business has existed at this location without interruption for more than 400 years. The first recorded mention of an innkeeper ('Gastgeb') at this site dates back to 8 July 1600. For some 250 years, the inn went by the name of 'Zur Weissen Rose' and underwent numerous conversions and expansions. In 1888, Carl Witzmann, the great-grandfather of the current owner, acquired the inn and renamed it 'Hotel Stefanie' to mark the wedding of Crown Prince Rudolf to Stephanie of Belgium, which had taken place just a few years earlier. Since then, the building has been repeatedly expanded and refurbished.
Take a closer look here at the history of the Hotel Stefanie in Vienna. You will be amazed at the rich and varied history of this building!
Taborstrasse circa 1725
Postcard of the Hotel Stefanie circa 1900
Photo of Taborstrasse and the Hotel Stefanie circa 1900
Hotel Stefanie is surrounded by traces of Vienna's Jewish past
You can embark on an exciting journey through time, not only at the Hotel Stefanie with its exceptional antiques, but also in its surroundings. In the former Jewish quarter of today's Leopoldstadt, you can see traces and remnants of the Jewish past of Vienna and of its present-day Jewish community. Scattered all around Karmeliterplatz, you will find numerous kosher grocery stores, kosher restaurants and synagogues. Or you can find your way to the Jewish Museum or the Holocaust Memorial on Judenplatz, which are both within easy walking distance.