The history of the Old Town Hotel Kasererbraeu

The Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is a hotel steeped in history

Hospitality since 1342

The Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is a hotel steeped in history, which served as a monastery hostel in the late Middle Ages. In fact, in 1342 the building was established by the monks of Reichenhall. Two centuries later, the spiritual accommodation evolved into the “Weinhaus zum Weiszen Lewen” before it was first mentioned as the “Kasererbräu” in 1775. In 1909 the Giebisch family took over the business and has maintained it for over 100 years with all hospitality and tradition.

The story itself begins in the Roman Empire. On the site where Salzburg’s Altstadthotel Kasererbräu stands today, the Romans once built a temple dedicated to the gods Asclepios, Hygieia and Kybele. Remnants of the historic walls can still be admired today in the Roman Hall of the in-house cinema (Mozart Cinema).

The Kasererbräu in Mozart’s time

In 1764, the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu was one of eleven middle-class breweries in Salzburg. At that time it was better known to the people of Salzburg as “Kässerers Wirthsbehausung beim weißen Lewen”. It was not until 1775 that the name “Kasererbräu” became established.

A story worthy of a film

In 1904, around 230 Salzburgers sat in a room in the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu

In 1904, around 230 Salzburgers sat in a room at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu and gazed fascinated at a large screen: Franz Xaver Fried presented the first moving images with his “Original Electric Biographer.” Film history was made at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. A few years later – In 1918, the Mozart Cinema was incorporated into the operations of the Altstadthotel Kasererbräus. Luis Trenker, Toni Sailer and the young Romy Schneider were personally present at the premieres of their films at the Mozart Cinema. Romy Schneider even spent a night at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. In room 323, in one of the hand-painted beds, the young Sissi actress slept.

Famous guests

At the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu

In addition, there are a good number of other famous personalities who stayed at our hotel.

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 - Frederick Leopold Prince of Prussia
05.04.1950 - Eleonore Princess of Thurn and Taxis
03.12.1950 - Marie Luise, Princess de Ligne
11.11.1952 - Joe Stöckl
1956 - Sissy premiere in Salzburg - Romy Schneider was there in person at the Kasererbräu and slept in room 323
07.06.1958 - Toni Sailer
14.10.1961 - Greek Queen Friedericke, 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 - Minister of the Interior Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka

Specialties of the house

In-house cinema and its own beer

Since 1342, our house is truly considered a “bedrock” of the gastronomy scene in Salzburg. First mentioned in documents in 1342, the first brewery in our HAus was dated in the 16th century. Since 2019 we offer our own beer, the Kaserer(ge)bräu again to our guests, which we are proud of.

In addition to our own beer, we are particularly proud of our in-house cinema – the Mozartkino, which had its birth in 1905. Famous guests have been welcome guests at the Mozart cinema, and the premiere of the world-famous film “Sissi” was also celebrated at the Mozart cinema.

Architectural treasures of the old town of Salzburg

Part of the Unesco World Heritage Site

With its history, the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu is so imposing and historically valuable that its cornerstones may enjoy monument protection as part of the UNECSO World Heritage Site.

The walls – as well as the entire old town – are under monument protection. Strict regulations protect the architectural treasures of Salzburg’s old town, one of which is the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu. In 2008, some rooms, as well as the reception, bar and lobby areas were renovated and the Mozart cinema also shone in new splendor. 2013: 4 new two-storey suites with roof terrace and fortress view were created. Carefully and with great sensitivity, the Giebisch family renovated the hotel and most of the 45 hotel rooms. In 2014, the remaining rooms were also modernized. Guests at the Altstadthotel Kasererbräu enjoy the unique luxury of having one of the oldest cinemas in the world right in the building. The charm of days gone by meets modern technology in three movie theaters. It was not only the films that were worth seeing in the Mozart Cinema: the old vaults of the entrance hall, the red soft armchairs, the playful antique wall motifs and the historic wall in the Roman Hall, make the Mozart Cinema itself a sight to behold.