Austria Classic Hotel Wien
The Austria Classic Hotel Wien is a three-star hotel, located on Praterstraße in Vienna's second district, the Leopoldstadt. It is a member of the Austria Classic Hotels group and was named Hotel Nordbahn until a rebranding in January 2008.
The building Zum schwarzen Tor on Praterstraße Nr.72 (named Jägerzeile until 1862) was completed in 1808. It originally served as residential house for a Peter Danhauser and only comprised two floors. In 1838, one year after Austria's first steam railway, the Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway (Template:Lang-de, KFNB; Template:Lang-cs, SDCF), had opened and the first station building of the k.k. Nordbahnhof (Vienna North Station) on Nordbahnstraße was inaugurated, the existing building was extended by one floor and established as Hotel Nordbahn, as due to the increasing international traffic touristic accommodation needs increased accordingly.
From 1843 to 1849 further extensions and adaptations were undertaken by hotel owner Josef Scheiflinger. Since that time the hotel has remained a family property.
From 1944 to 1945, the building was partially destroyed in World War II and was under Soviet administration until 1955. After the Allied Occupation of Austria, the hotel management was restored to Kommerzialrat Felix Scheiflinger, who had succeeded his father Josef Scheiflinger in 1908. In 1961, the management came to Erika Blumauer, Felix Scheiflinger's daughter, who modernised the house and passes management to her son Reinhard Blumauer in 1973.
Prior to the inauguration of the new Wien Praterstern railway station (before Bahnhof Wien Nord, before Bahnhof Praterstern, originally k.k. Nordbahnhof) the Hotel Nordbahn undertook a rebranding in its 170th year of existence and was renamed Austria Classic Hotel Wien by the 1st of January 2008. The latest change of management occurred in 2010 when Reinhard Blumauer passed management on to his daughter Ines Pietsch, who thereby "became one of the youngest hotel managers of Austria".
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Praterstraße and Hotel Nordbahn before 1898
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Hotel Nordbahn about 1910
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Hotel Nordbahn and the Dogenhof in 1928
- The Austro-American composer and film score composition pioneer Max Steiner was born on the 10th of May 1888 in Hotel Nordbahn as Maximilian Raoul Steiner. At his time Steiner was one of the best-known composers in Hollywood. Sometimes referred to as "the father of film music", Steiner is widely regarded today as one of the greatest film score composers in the history of cinema. Steiner composed hundreds of film scores, amongst those Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and King Kong. On the occasion of Max Steiner's 100th birthday a commemorative plaque was revealed at the hotel by owner Reinhard Blumauer, Bezirksvorsteher (head of district) Heinz Weißmann and Viennese mayor Helmut Zilk.
- Fine artist and playwright Stanis?aw Wyspia?ski, a Polish member of the Vienna Secession, resided in Hotel Nordbahn in summer 1904, en route from convalescent care in Bad Hall to his hometown Krakau. Since 1996 a plaque on the facade of the hotel commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Österreichisch-Polnische Gesellschaft (Austrian-Polish Society) and Wyspia?ski's frequent stays at the Hotel, where amongst others he wrote his German dramatic fragment "Weimar 1829".
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Commemorative plaque for Stanis?aw Wyspia?ski (since 1996)
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Commemorative plaque for Max Steiner (since 1988)
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Unveiling the Max Steiner-plaque (f.l. R. Blumauer, H. Weißmann, H. Zilk)
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Both commemorative plaques at the hotel's facade
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