After 45 years of slumber, the venerable Südbahnhotel is set to reopen as a hotel for the first time. Real estate entrepreneur Christian Zeller bought the legendary Grand Hotel through his private foundation, as reported by the business magazine “Profit”. “The Südbahnhotel should reopen as a hotel. There will be a focus on cultural events, ”the entrepreneur is quoted as saying. There was no information about the purchase price. The state of Lower Austria was delighted.
According to the information, the seller in October was the German Klinik Bavaria Group. For further planning, one is also in close coordination with the state of Lower Austria in order to sustainably strengthen the Semmering tourist region, says Zeller.
The glamor of the fin de siècle and the Habsburgs still rests on the noble hotel to this day. Immediately after its opening as the first Semmering hotel in 1882, the highest circles of Viennese society enjoyed the alpine summer retreat near Vienna, among them archdukes and ministers, and even Empress Elisabeth. The Semmering began to flourish and with it the Südbahnhotel, whose success story ended abruptly with the annexation to the German Reich in 1938. The bourgeois Jewish guests who had appeared so numerous so far suddenly failed to appear. After 1945, the Südbahnhotel could no longer continue its glorious past.
In 1976 the hotel business was stopped. The castle-like, 18,000 square meter property has been vacant since then. In the past few years, the Südbahnhotel has served as a venue for cultural events in the summer months, such as the “Kultur.Sommer.Semmering”.
The hotel was opened in 1882 and stood for luxury class old Austrian summer retreats until before the Second World War. Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Tourism Minister Jochen Danninger (both ÖVP) declared in a broadcast: “We are pleased about this good news for the entire region. Christian Zeller is a proven connoisseur of art and culture and is deeply rooted in the region around Semmering. ” The revitalization of the large hotels on the Semmering requires very good and well thought-out concepts, said Mikl-Leitner: “We expect this to provide another impetus that will further drive the renaissance of the Semmering.” (APA / Red)