The Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is steeped in history, and was even used as monastery accommodation in the Late Middle Ages. The building was initially erected in 1342 by the Reichenhaller monks. Two hundred years later, this spiritual building became the ‘Weinhaus zum Weiszen Lewen’ before it was called ‘Kasererbräu’ for the first time in 1775. In 1909, the Giebisch family took over the operation and has been upholding the same tradition and hospitality for over 100 years.
Its story begins during the reign of the Romans. On the site where the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu currently stands in Salzburg, the Romans built a temple to honour the gods Asclepius, Hygieia and Cybele. You can even see remains of the historic walls in the Roman room of the hotel’s own cinema (the Mozartkino).
The Kasererbräu in the Time of Mozart
In 1764, the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu was one of eleven civic breweries in Salzburg. At that time, none was better known than the ‘Kässerers Wirthsbehausung beim weißen Lewen’. The name ‘Kasererbräu’ first started to be used in 1775.
In 1904, around 230 Salzburgers gathered in a room at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu and stared in wonder at the big screen: Franz Xaver Fried presented the first moving pictures with his ‘Original Electro Biograph’. Film history was written at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. A few years later – in 1918, the Mozartkino was made part of the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. Luis Trenker, Toni Sailer and a young Romy Schneider were personally present at the premieres of their films at the Mozartkino. Romy Schneider even spent the night at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. The young star from ‘Sissi’ stayed in one of the hand-painted beds in room 323.
12.08.1947 Herbert von Karajan
16.10.1947 Princess Auersperg-Lippe
17.03.1948 Maria Schell
13.04.1948 Attila Hörbiger
11.08.1948 Friedrich Leopold, Prince of Prussia
05.04.1950 Princess Eleonore of Thurn and Taxis
03.12.1950 Marie Luise, Princess of Ligne
11.11.1952 Joe Stöckl
07.06.1958 Toni Sailer
14.10.1961 Queen Friedericke of Greece, with daughter Sophie and Juan Carlos
05.12.1962 Luis Trenker
13.06.1970 Reinhard Mey
19.01.1973 Willi Bogner
17.08.1984 Klaus Maria Brandauer
21.05.1993 Georg Lohmeier
2013 – Heather Mills
Today – Micaela Schäfer
Today – Tom Barcal
Today – Doris Bures
Today – Johannes Silberschneider
Today – Johannes Nussbaum
Today – Home Secretary Mr Mag. Wolfgang Sobotka
Just like the Old Town itself, the hotel’s walls are protected. Strict restrictions protect the architectural treasures of Salzburg’s Old Town, and the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is an important part of this. Some rooms, including some hotel rooms, the reception, bar, lobby and Mozartkino cinema, were renovated in 2008. The next stage came in 2013, when 4 new split-level suites with roof terraces overlooking the castle were added. The Giebisch family has renovated the hotel and most of the 45 hotel rooms carefully and with plenty of attention to detail. The rest of the rooms were renovated in 2014. Guests at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu can enjoy the unique luxury of staying in a hotel with the oldest cinema in the world. In the three screen rooms, the charm of days past meets modern technology. It’s not just the films that are worth seeing at the Mozartkino: the old vaulted ceilings in the foyer, the soft red chairs, the playful antique motifs on the walls and the historic walls in the Roman room make the Mozartkino an experience in itself.