A long-standing history
The history of Graz and our hotel are closely intertwined and date back to the 16th century when the building housed one of the largest taverns within the city walls.
The 16th century inn
In 1596 the house at Sackstrasse 5 was turned into an inn. Located in the city centre it could only be reached passing over the Mur Bridge built in the 14th century for which high tolls were charged. Documents from the time state that the inn, even back then was “suitable to accommodate ladies and gentlemen of highest nobility”.
Feudal palace during the 18th century
In the course of the 18th century our house became a stately palace. Spacious chambers and marvellous state rooms, a chapel and magnificent ironworks for the railings in the inner courtyard – which are preserved until today – were installed during that time. Other remnants are the arcade in the Erzherzog Johann Café and the restaurant das anna. Back then the arcades served as a shelter for the horses.
The Erzherzog Johann Hotel during the 19th century
Until the mid 19th century the house changed hands several times. In 1852 Ferdinand Sonnhammer rented the building and finally purchased it in 1877. It was him that converted the feudal palace into an elegant hotel, still nameless at the time. He eventually petitioned the ‘Styrian Prince’ Archduke John – brother of King Francis II – to assume the patronage for the hotel.
Do you want to find out more about Archduke John’s story? Our gallery offers the perfect way to do so with several stations exploring the life and work of the ‘Styrian Prince’ in depth.
Becoming a top address in the 20th century
In the 20th century the Erzherzog Johann Hotel became well-known among aristocrats and artists. Interesting personalities chose our hotel as accommodation or as a place to meet. Due to the ever-growing numbers of visitors additional space was needed to accommodate the illustrious guests.
Soon the buildings at Badgasse 4 and Sackstrasse 3 were integrated and already presented the same façade as today. Fritz Müller, a great uncle of today’s owners, purchased the hotel from Ferdinand Sonnhammer’s widow. The hotel has been family owned for the last 100 years.
The modern era
Through substantial investments in the last few years we have been able to ensure that our 4 star hotel leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to comfort and modern standards without loosing its historical flair.
Beautiful hotel in an historical atmosphere
Living like a king
"The room in the style of the imperial period was fantastic and very clean. The staff was really friendly and also competent. Breakfast at the historic inner courtyard is spectacular. The location of the hotel, in the middle of the centre of Graz, is perfect." [source: Holidaycheck, May 2015]