Antiquing at the Hotel Stefanie in Vienna
We feel there are plenty of reasons to select the Hotel Stefanie for your stay in Vienna: location, service, charm and comfort among them. But if you have a particular interest in antiques and historic furniture, then the Hotel Stefanie – Vienna’s oldest hotel with a 400-year history - will be even more perfect for you.
The hotel owner’s personal passion for collecting antiques is evident throughout the property. Especially in the hotel lounge, but also in the restaurant, the library, the café bar, and in the branched-out hallways of the Hotel Stefanie, you’ll find numerous priceless antiques in display cabinets, on the walls or in recesses. Look for the elaborately designed clocks from the 17th and 18th centuries, or dine on the finest silverware from the 18th century. Various porcelain service sets, dishes and plates, among them those by Meissen or the imperial manufactory designed by Anton Kothgasser are in use at the hotel.
Two special highlights are located directly across from the hotel reception. On the one hand is the original key to an imperial chamber for the royal household of His Majesty, Emperor Franz Joseph I (Emperor of Austria, 1848-1916), which was presented to the imperial chamberlain Franz Thomas von Bourcy in 1882. On the other hand is a portrait of Balthasar Wigand (1770-1846), who studied at the Wiener Akademie and was the best-known Austrian painter of “miniatures” during the Biedermeier era. His favorite themes were festival scenes from Vienna. Using a specially provided magnifying glass, you can easily recognize the fine characters that were painted using brushes made from 2-3 badger hairs.
Also to be found at the Stefanie, the original wash basin set of the hotels namesake, crown princess Stephanie, with its splendiferous pitcher and washing pan. You will also find numerous art dealers and antique shops only a few minutes’ walk from the Hotel Stefanie, in case you would like to bring home the right piece of old Vienna.