Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg to Close for Renovations

By Anna Breuer on 10 August 2018
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Restaurant Goldener Hirsch dining room

Restaurant Goldener Hirsch dining room

The storied Hotel Goldener Hirsch, considered by many to be the world’s oldest luxury hotel, will close for renovations come September.

The hotel, listed as part of the Unesco World Heritage Site Altstadt Salzburg, opened its doors as an inn under the name Zum Güldenen Hirschen in 1564 in a structure that dates to 1407. Located on the Getreidegasse in the city center, the hotel currently offers 70 rooms including five suites as well as two restaurants, the Restaurant Goldener Hirsch and the Restaurant Herzl.

The property was purchased in 2016 by the Wild Group, a company controlled by Hans-Peter Wild, a Swiss entrepreneur, for approximately €20 million ($22.6 million). The same organization owns the nearby Hotel Schloß Mönchstein, also in Salzburg.

Today’s iteration of the hotel is largely due to Harriet, Countess of Walderdorff who, along with her husband, Manny, the Count of Walderdorff, purchased the rundown property in 1939 as Europe became embroiled in the Second World War. The hotel opened to guests in 1948 and developed a close connection with the Salzburg Festival, which had begun in 1920.

In announcing the plans for the renovation, Wild said that the renovation of a hotel such as the Goldener Hirsch required “Fingerspitzengefühl” or sensitivity.

Current plans call for the hotel, which is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, to reopen in May 2019.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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