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The History Of The Grand Hotel Panhans

The legendary Viennese chef Vinzenz Panhans opens your hotel.

The Vienna society discovers the Semmering. Even the journey by train to the luxurious hotels on the cliffs and even more stunning viaducts and galleries gives an unforgettable experience.

Archduke Karl Franz Josef, later Emperor Karl, the last Austrian Emperor, learns to ski on the lawns of the Panhans.

More and more creative people are going to Simmering. Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Kraus, Adolf Loos, Peter Altenberg, Arthur Schnitzler, and later Gerhart Hauptmann and Stefan Zweig have found their inspiration here.

After the completion of the construction of an additional wing at the Grand Hotel Panhans with its 400 rooms is one of the largest hotel complexes in Central Europe.

With the end of the monarchy the Semmering and, therefore, the Panhans lose their customers. The Panhans family is forced to sell the hotel, and in a period of decline in the twenties the hotel changes hands several times.

Entrepreneur William Sidman buys Panhans. Thanks to his innovative approach and exceptional management skills he provides to the hotel a high position in the European hotel industry.

Completed construction of the largest in the Alps, indoor pool with sliding laclandestina. The first beauty contest Miss Austria is the hotel Panhans, a February 4, 1934, opens its doors the first casino in Austria.

The world of movies is at home here. Heinz Burman spends his wedding night in the famous Suite of Pronto. Josephine Baker discovers the beauty of winter recreation. Fritz Imhoff, Jan Kiepura, Maria Jeritza and Rudolf Forster enjoy the style and atmosphere of the hotel. Racers Rudolf Caracciola and Hans Stuck fight for the victory in the Grand Prix King of the Mountain Semmering.

After the turmoil of world war II Semmering was part of the Russian occupation and the iron curtain separated the region from its original clientele. One after the other closed down hotels. And the last gala night at the Panhans was held on New year’s day in 1969.

Vienna contractor Calinger becomes very complex and begins to restore the resort in collaboration with the municipality of Semmering and the Federal state of lower Austria.

The first year of operations is still small “New Panhans”. Being prudent and far-sighted and reckless owner, a Senator and a chartered engineer Anton kallinger-Prskawetz expands the building in several stages until 1994, almost twice.

The Panhans Health club presents as an attractive place with a variety of activities. And again, all types of art from the world of cinema, theatre and literature, as well as the cream of the political circles of many countries and high society of Vienna and Budapest found in the Panhans.

The first ski race in the World Cup among women held on to the Hirschenkogel.

Hotel Panhans has at its disposal an indoor pool that was previously municipal.

November 15: opening of the gondola “the Magic mountain X-Press” on the Hirschenkogel (the Panhans LTD. is a shareholder).

In April, the Hotel Panhans awarded the “Austrian Export 2001” for successful external marketing.

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