Hotel Beethoven Vienna
Former brothel located in a district, at the time, infamous, Hotel Beethoven Vienna is now a charming boutique-hotel located in the heart of the cultural and nightlife of the Austrian capital, as well as in the lively and bohemian nest of the Naschmarkt, in a historical building dated of 1902, which has remained intact and original until today. The Hotel Beethoven Vienna reopened its doors recently after a complete renovation by Raimund Brunnmaier, Interior Designer and Viennese Architect.
At the Hotel Beethoven Vienna you wake up in design environments and with refined elegance. Through corridors with black damask walls illuminated with soft light you can reach the spacious and bright rooms, all renovated with love and furnished with taste and attention to detail, consistency and respect to the chosen theme, always linked to Viennese tradition and culture by the owner, Barbara Ludwig, originally from Vienna. And the soul of the Hotel Beethoven Vienna is undoubtedly Barbara, a true lover of design, fashion, art and all that is beauty.
Each floor of the hotel is dedicated to different themes like a personality of Vienna, an event, an era…6 floors, all different, with 47 different rooms, with styles ranging from Biedermeier to Art Nouveau, so beloved in Vienna. The 47 rooms absorb all the elegant and somewhat ironic charm of Vienna. They stand out among themselves and are thus able to satisfy the tastes of the every guests.
Bright and recently renovated in every detail, they are equipped with every comfort: bathrooms with separate toilets, bidets, extra-large showers, eco-friendly toiletries and coffee machines. Worthy of note are the Classic Selection on the fifth floor redesigned by Raimund Brunmair, a well-known Viennese interior designer (just to know Mr Brunmair has designed all the rooms from the 1st to 6th floors) and the Salon Zimmer on the fifth designed by David Carter, an English interior designer. These spacious accommodations, full of curious objects and furnishings from Italy, France, Austria and England, enjoy a spectacular view thanks to the huge windows embedded in the ceiling.
All the rooms are inspired by personalities of Austrian history with combinations expressly conceived to guarantee originality, following the concept that these rooms express the essence of Vienna: a city to love, glitzy, original, often also a bit irreverent.
Worthy of note is the rich breakfast served in the mezzanine of the hotel with a very exclusive view of the Papageno gate of the Theater an der Wien, where Beethoven made his debut for the first time with his Fidelio. Guests can enjoy a beautiful outdoor patio, not only for breakfast. In the lounge, there are tea and coffee facilities 24 hours a day and close by the hotel, there are several restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets, including two of the city’s most famous cafés like, Café Drechsler and Café Sperl, which are located not too far.
Capital of the artistic sense in Europe with the masterpieces of Klimt, the extravagant Hundertwasserhaus and the passage of the great musical talent of Mozart, Vienna is constantly evolving and the Hotel Beethoven Vienna, thanks to its exceptional location is the ideal starting point to discover Vienna on foot. Near the famous open-air market “Naschmarkt” and a stone’s throw from the Secession Building, where you can admire Gustav Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze”, what else for your Viennese getaway?
This is about as close as you can get to the popular, vibrant Naschmarkt, Vienna‘s best known market. Theater an der Wien, Academy of Fine Arts, a number of galleries, all the major music houses (Opera House, Musikverein, Konzerthaus), and the main public transport hub, Karlsplatz/Oper are all within a 10-minute walk. Nearby are numerous restaurants, galleries and shops and, on a Saturday, the weekly flea-market.
A Stone Throw
Set foot outside the front door, and in just a couple of steps you’ll find yourself right in the middle of the colorful market bustle of the Naschmarkt, between fine foods, stalls and lifestyle bars. Opera, Musikverein, Museumquartier, concert halls and coffeehouses are just a few minutes’ walk away, as are the two main shopping streets.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just Euro 120,00 in low season; and from Euro 160,00 in high. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast. Moreover the Beethoven Hotel offers for free to its own guests: tea and coffee 24 hours, tea and coffee bar in the mezzanine level, from 2pm to 5pm Austrian Cakes, Weekend chambermusic concerts with a glass of champagne, Guests PC with printer, Concierge Services and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
They do have an automatic entrance door and everyone can reach the elevator on the ground level. As the Beethoven Hotel is an historic building, they have one elevatore with the size:
– Widths Entrance Door Elevator: 74 cm
– Cabin: 93×110 cm
Regarding the type of rooms for people with disabilities, we suggest the Superior Rooms with floor-level showers.
On request handles in the showers and wheel chairs to rent.
Of course, they have 6 Quartett Rooms with connecting doors. They offer Baby cods for free and children up to 12 y.o. can stay in the bed of their parents without any supplements.
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Top European Xmas Cities
Christmas in Europe is synonym with snow, time-honored traditions, Gothic churches with fabulous choirs, and charming medieval squares brought to life by colorful Xmas markets. Some cities celebrate the holidays in grand style, others with peculiar customs and yuletide nostalgia aplenty, and some of them are simply at their finest during this time of the year. Combining idyllic ancient architecture, fabulous festive fairs, and sweet winter scents that bring back childhood memories, a trip to one of these Christmas-perfect European cities will knock the Scrooge out of you. Here they are: the best European cities to visit for Christmas!
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, celebrates Christmas with glam and grandeur, its breathtaking architecture providing a truly dramatic backdrop for sipping scented mulled wine and getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy. Winter in the Czech capital is crisp and chilly, but walking down its cobbled alleys that whisper about ghosts of a tumultuous past, along gorgeous Gothic buildings covered in fresh snow, is like stepping into a Christmas card.
Prague’s Christmas markets are among the most famous in Europe, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the traditions, cultural values, and delicious cuisine of this landlocked Central European country steeped in history. The biggest, oldest, and most impressive is the one set in the Old Town Square, at the foot of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Nevertheless, those held in Wenceslas Square and Náměstí Míru are equally appealing. Everywhere you look, cheerful, beautifully decorated wooden huts jam-packed with festive goodies sell everything from craft gift items and beautiful Christmas tree ornaments to typical Czech delicacies such as spit-roasted hams or Trdelník, a traditional hot sugar-coated pastry. The entire scene is animated by music, lights, animal stables, and nativity scenes.
After filling your shopping bag with all sorts of glistening decorations, warm up with a hot mug of mulled wine and a spin on the ice skating rink, or attend one of the fabulous concerts that take place in the city’s remarkable churches and halls during Christmas. Really, is anyone still doubting that Prague is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe?
It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance as Vienna. The sparkling, elegant Christmas markets, the legendary café culture, and the old-world charm on the streets give the city a magical appeal, while its imperial architecture, basked in twinkling lights, makes for a wonderful backdrop for a fun-filled winter break.
Indulge in glühwein, sausages, and freshly baked pastries at Vienna’s ubiquitous Christkindlmarkts; go ice skating on Rathausplatz; pay a visit to the Snow Globe Museum in the 17th District; and make sure you book a ticket at one of the legendary Christmas concerts which take place in the city’s sumptuous churches during this time of year. The most famous is Christmas in Vienna by the Vienna Boys Choir at Wiener Konzerthaus, but there’s a wealth of classical performances and chamber music events to choose from.
5 day trips with base in Vienna
Vienna truly is a fairytale European capital city that is bursting at the seams with intriguing history whilst remaining impossibly beautiful and well preserved at the same time. The historical depth of the area means there are a variety of enviable day trips you can embark on from town, from exploring the breathtaking nature of Austria’s alpine foothills, to exploring ancient sites and magnificent castles. The always reliable European rail lines grant easy access to a number of daytime destinations and the beautiful countryside adds to the overall experience. Here are the 5 best and most sought-after day trips to take from the city of Vienna.
Another border that is well worth crossing is the Austrian-Slovakian one. When you do, you’ll have the chance to experience the intriguing and perfectly picturesque city of Bratislava, a conveniently close 60 minutes away from Vienna. Make sure you don’t pass up the opportunity to visit Bratislava’s Old Town where the neo-Renaissance style houses, mansions and palaces paint an attractive picture of the Slovakian capital. If you want a taste of some authentic Slovakian cuisine and drink, St. Michael’s Street is full of restaurants and cafes that will satisfy your hunger. A Vienna to Bratislava day trip is an ideal way to spend the day away from the city and introduce you to another and the possibility of a whole other trip one day in the future.
Owning the enviable accolade of the “Best Historical Destination in the World”, Melk Abbey is one of those attractions that you really do have to visit if you happen to be in Vienna. Built atop a rocky mountainside with views across the whole of the breathtaking Danube Valley, the abbey is a majestic Baroque style building that is overflowing with priceless art and contains impeccable gardens and is filled to the brim with enough history to excite history buffs to no end.
The epic architecture of Vienna
Vienna’s architecture is a magical fusion of periods and styles, with opulent Baroque palaces that evoke the grandeur and glory of the Habsburg Empire like in Heldenplatz with the Hofburg Palace (picture on top) standing alongside Otto Wagner’s Art Nouveau and Modernist masterpieces. The city of Vienna is home to a number of epic architectural ensembles and fashions, from the classical Baroque designs to the more bizarre modern creations, such as the world-famous Hundertwasserhaus. Art Nouveau was a popular architectural style during the 19th century, and post-war Vienna saw many interesting structures pop up. Here’s our pick of the most interesting to visit.
This magnificent curved building stands, striking and unmissable, in the suburban 23rd district on the outskirts of Vienna. It is a curiously futuristic, sprawling and intimidating structure, designed in the 1970s by progressive Austrian architect, Harry Glück. This social housing complex was built with the radical idea of creating homes for the poor, with all the benefits that the wealthy favour. Inside this incredible structure are all the necessary amenities: shops, a doctors surgery and even a swimming pool on the roof. Many thousands of people reside in Alterlaa and it is seen as one of Vienna’s most successful social housing estates.
These former gas tanks have been transformed into luxury housing. Located in the Simmering area, the 90.000 storage capacity structures were used to supply the local area with gas from 1896. Now protected historical landmarks, the spherical buildings have become flats and ‘villages.’ They have become a phenomenon in the architectural world, with numerous academic works being written on the subject of the Gasometers.
The mesmerising multicoloured mosaic roof tiles of this Gothic style Cathedral is remarkable to behold. It is a true masterpiece; you could spend hours gazing at it and still pick out something new. A fire during WWII caused extensive damage to the building, but mass restoration and rebuilding gave the cathedral a new lease of life. The Stephansdome draws nearly 3 million visitors through its door each year, making it one of Vienna’s best-loved attractions.
Special City Guide: Vienna
A whirl of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the blue Danube, Vienna is a fine romance of a city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand: Strauss waltzes are still hip to 20-something ball-goers and even the imperial stables have been born again as the surprising and vibrant Museum Quarter. The Viennese love Gemütlichkeit (relaxation), so this city is to be savored not rushed, whether you’re indulging in a dark chocolate Sachertorte in a chandelier-lit coffee house or rising gently above the twinkling Prater in the Riesenrad Ferris wheel.
For many the Hofburg Imperial Palace is Vienna, with its prancing Lipizzaner stallions and lavish apartments the Hapsburgs called home for 600 years. Take a horse-drawn Fiaker carriage to clip-clop through the stately Innerestadt to Gothic St Stephan’s Cathedral nearby. Picasso and Warhol hang at the avant-garde Museum Quarter, but romantics are more drawn to Klimt’s shimmering The Kiss and the landscaped gardens at the baroque Belvedere Palace. As dusk falls, leave the Prater’s merry-go-rounds and watch the iconic Riesenrad cast a magical spell.
Viennese mornings mean shopping at the Naschmarkt, where locals bag the freshest produce and creamiest Austrian cheeses before breakfasting on sugary Kaiserschmarrn (caramelized pancakes). Those with the means shop for made-to-measure fashion and handmade Augarten porcelain on elegant Graben and Kärntner Strasse, pausing for tea, scones and a gift-wrapped tin of candied violets in Demel’s rococo salon. The arty Neubau district is dotted with galleries, concept stores and quirky boutiques run by young creatives.