Hotel Sacher: 145 Years In Vienna

The Hotel Sacher in Vienna is nothing but a legendary place. Founded 145 years ago, visitors from worldwide know the name not only because of the five-star hotel located in the heart of Vienna but also because of a pastry that existed before the famous hotel. The Sacher cake is still a hit in all confectioneries today. It is exported all over the world by the Hotel Sacher. Located right next to the Vienna State Opera, the hotel is the ideal starting point for exploring downtown of Vienna.

Sacher cake
Sacher cake

The chef created the famous cake in 1832, when Franz Sacher, an apprentice only 16 years old, developed it on behalf of his prince. The three ingredients are chocolate, apricot jam, and whipped cream that still are the basis of this successful recipe. They even bake the sweet temptation by hand at the Hotel Sacher. It is estimated that more than 360,000 pieces of this treat are sold all over the world every year. One of the most prestigious hotels in the world got the same name and it was opened 44 years later. When Eduard Sacher opened this hotel in 1876, the cake became the emblem of thi place and gained even more popularity.

Meeting Place Of Viennese Society

The house quickly became a meeting place for Viennese society. When Eduard Sacher died, his wife took over the Hotel Sacher’s running and led it into the future with a strict hand. When she died decades later in her hotel room, tens of thousands of Viennese lined the funeral procession to pay their last respects. In 1934, the Gürtler family took over the hotel, but World War II puts a temporary end to tourism. It is not until six years after the war that the family regains control of the Hotel Sacher. After extensive renovation, the hotel made a new start. 

Last Luxury Hotel Under Family Ownership

That not only provides for expansion but also numerous conversions and additions. The hotel got several inner courtyards and some banqueting rooms. In the 1980s, the Gürtler family expands again. They took over the Österreichischer Hof in Salzburg and thus already had two houses. When the owner Peter Gürtler died in 1990, his wife took over the hotel’s management on behalf of their children. They were still minors. That makes the Hotel Sacher the only luxury hotel in the Austrian capital that is still privately owned and managed by the family at the same time. The family expanded the business in the years that follow.

Vienna
Vienna

An own Café Sacher and a wine bar followed. In 2004, the owner family decided to carry out a comprehensive modernization. That leads to the house being closed for ten weeks for the first time in its history. In addition to the renovation work, the owners expanded the attic and enlarged. After completion, the Hotel Sacher now has 52 more rooms than before. The French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon was responsible for the hotel’s new design. Peter Gürtler’s children have now been running the Hotel Sacher since 2015.