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The White Horse Inn’s history: an Austrian hotel legend

Facts about one of Austria's most famous hotels

For more than 500 years the name “The White Horse Inn at Lake Wolfgang” has stood for comfort, hospitality and Austrian holiday charm. Let us tell you about the history of the White Horse Inn:

Actors of the Operetta

Old postcard with the White Horse Inn, from the lake
A hotel legend 

Who does not think about the musical operetta by Ralph Benatzky and the lovesick head waiter when hearing of the White Horse Inn? 1896 Oskar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg co-wrote the romantic comedy about the besotted head waiter and the astute White Horse Inn hostess. In 1930 Ralph Benatzky composed the inspiring music and on November 8th 1930 the operetta celebrated its premier in Berlin. Since then the White Horse Inn has been galloping around the world telling the famous tale of holiday romance by Lake Wolfgang in Austria.

The White Horse Inn’s history is far more than an operetta

Those who believe that the fame and history of the White Horse Inn are exclusively connected with the operetta are wrong. For more than 500 years guests have been feasting near the pilgrimage church of St. Wolfgang in Austria. The actual tavern “Im Weissen Roessl” was built in 1978. Paul Johann Peter bought the White Horse Inn in 1912 and founded the family business that is today run by the 5th generation of the Peter family.

A legend defines itself anew

Fame does not only have sunny aspects. It took ten years for the Peter family to transform the White Horse Inn from a traditional hostelry to a four star superior hotel in the 1970s. Today guests at the White Horse Inn by Lake Wolfgang find charming hospitality, outstanding comfort and every available service – far off from the picture the operetta has created. However, some things never change - the gorgeous landscape and the unique location continue to excite holidaymakers from around the globe.

If you feel it is time to change your cliché inspired perception of the White Horse Inn, best book your next holiday at the famous White Horse Inn: an Austrian hotel with history!

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