The building was designed by architect Arnold Zenetti and built under the direction of Heinrich Adam in 1863. Initially, it was planned as the city palace and residence of Duke Philipp of Württemberg and his wife. The Duke and the Duchess, however, did not enjoy their new home for long and they sold it 5 years later.
For the 1873 Vienna World's Fair, the palace was converted into a hotel.
Over the years, the Hotel Imperial has had numerous famous guests, including Queen Elizabeth II and Charlie Chaplin, dignitaries and royalty from around the world. It has had some infamous guests as well. Adolf Hitler, who worked at the hotel as a day laborer during his youthful period as a virtual tramp in Vienna, returned as an honored guest following the 1938 Anschluss. Benito Mussolini stayed at the hotel during World War II with considerably less fanfare, being shepherded through the back door on September 13, 1943, following his spectacular rescue by German paratroopers in Unternehmen Eiche.
The Imperial was partly owned before the war by Samuel Schallinger, who was forced to sell in 1938 due to the Nazi persecution of Jews. Schallinger died in 1942 at the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague. Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Austrian survivor of the Nazi death camps who dedicated his life to documenting the crimes of the Holocaust, celebrated his 90th birthday at the Hotel Imperial in 1998 with a kosher dinner party. “Look, even the chandeliers are shaking,” said Wiesenthal at the dinner. “Hitler is gone. The Nazis are no more. But we are still here, singing and dancing.” #WorduuupGoesToAustria
Today God spoke to me a lot of the present. He spoke to me about enjoying the present and the season that he has me in right now. How the things that I’m learning and growing in right now are so important, but to take the time to enjoy. To enjoy the city He has brought me to, enjoy the people he has placed in my life and to truly soak it all up and not take things for granted.
I encourage you wherever you are living right now, to get out of your house just a little, and explore. God speaks through His creation. He speaks through little things around us to give us perspective on our lives. God speaks in so many ways we just need to give him the silence and the time to speak.
🐐 Goat Canyon Trestle, CA
One of the most insane hikes I have ever done. Attempted this hike before, but we got lost in the wilderness (also almost died) and didn’t make it. Finally, two years later, we tried again and were able to make it to the largest freestanding trestle left in the world
Climbed rocks, scrambled down cliffs, ran out of water, found out I’m really afraid of heights but dealt with it and crossed a 1,000 ft sketchy trestle, camped out in the backcountry, stargazed, and got to witness a meteor shower
Great times with great people in the great outdoors — nothing better 🎢🏜🌌💫📻⛺️🌵
My new job. I'm obsessed. I'm waitressing at an Italian Bistro. The chef / owner is young & insanely talented, some of the best food I've ever tasted...keep in mind I spent over a month eating my way through Italy. I LOVE good food. Plus we have some cool crafty vibes. Like all local, farm fresh, free range, organic, non GMO ingredients, in house made pastas, local cheeses sourced to only 6 restaurants in Chicago, local craft beer and delicious authentic wines from places I've been to in CA and Italy 😍😍 And the chefs adorable Italian grandpa makes the best cookies to go with your espresso. It's fuckin legit. Ive never loved a side hustle more. Message me if you want to swing by this little gem when the doors open Wednesday night 🖤🇮🇹 gelato will be waiting for you 🍨 #AuthenticItalian#cantgetenough#sidehustle
When you get caught in a snowstorm on the first evening of what was supposed to be a relatively warm backpacking trip, you pause for a moment to reflect on your decisions. And then you hold that thought pause just enough for someone to take a picture. My back side is my best side.