Palais Coburg in Vienna was once a royal palace with a history dating back to the 1500’s. Recently this magnificent building and its grounds have been given a new lease of life that took three years to plan and a further three years to complete, and now the palace is once again fit for royalty.
Between 1545-1555 the medieval city walls of Vienna were renovated with new fortifications where bastions (Bastei in Viennese) were connected with ramparts in a star-shaped formation. This so called Braunbastei, named after the engineer in charge was built where the Palais Coburg now stands. In 1840 Prince Ferdinand, a Cavalry General in the Imperial Austrian Army began to build a magnificent palace on the Braunbastei. The plans were created by the brilliant but almost unknown (in Vienna) architect Karl Schleps and after his death the project was completed by master builder Adolph Korompay. Then in 1852 the second son of Prince Ferdinand and his wife, Princess Clementine de Orleans moved into the completed palace.
Between 1945 and 1955 the building was damaged at the end of the second world war by artillery shells and bomb, while in the aftermath of the war the palace became home to many Russian soldiers.
Finally in 1997 Palais Coburg was acquired by the POK Puhringer Foundation and after three years of planning and three years of reconstruction the palace has been restored to its former brilliance and has a new lease of life as a hotel.
The Coburg suites are the epitome of grand and with an area covering 128 to 165m2, the three maisonette suites impress with spacious rooms, garden views and beautiful antique furniture. Pictured above is a glimpse of suite 204, the Victoria suite named after Queen Victoria, but there are a plethora of other types of rooms to choose from; Bastei suites, Palais suites, Residence suites, City suites and connecting suites – all have their own sense of luxury and grandeur.
Quiet and secluded, the Palace garden is a small oasis of green paradise to escape the hustle and bustle for a while. Hidden on Vienna’s ancient fortification walls you can discover mighty trees, magnolias, flowers, a quaint outdoor café, a sandbox, a bubbling water basin and two regulars – a pair of wild ducks!
Located on the third floor of the hotel, the spa is open daily and dedicated to creating the ultimate relaxation for guests. The spa offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, sun terrace, extensive range of massage and cosmetic treatments and training area.
Palais Coburg isn’t just luxury bedrooms and gardens, it also boasts two magnificent restaurants Clementine and Silvio Nickol. Clementine (named after the first resident of the palace) is an innovative restaurant that creatively reinterprets traditional meals, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
And did we mention it looks out onto the palace garden? We are definitely signing up for lunch in the sun! For the full menu click here.
Silvio Nickol is a two Michelin star quality restaurant serving the highest quality food by passionate and ultra-talented chef Silvio Nickol and his team. Silvio discovered his passion at the age of just 7 and has led the team at the restaurant since 2011. To see the full menu and a movie on the team behind the excellence click here.
Dining on some of the best food in Europe wouldn’t be complete without the perfect wine to compliment it. The Palais Coburg wine archive boasts a total of six wine cellars, each with a unique set of characteristics, with a focus on the ideal climate for rare wines. The six cellars hold a total of 60,000 bottles from four centuries and offer and incredible combination of medieval architecture and atmospheric spaces for culinary presentations and wine tastings like no other.
If wine tastings are on your to do list, Palais Coburg offer tailor made guided tours and theme based tastings in their medieval cellar to enhance what is sure to already be an unforgettable experience during your stay.
Palais Coburg is a truly mesmerising hotel that offers grandeur and luxury in a relaxed and carefree way. To discover more about the hotel or to make a reservation visit the website here.
Images: Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz, Tina Herzl