White Horse History: a legend of a hotel
Interesting facts about one of Austria's best known hotels
"White Horse Inn on Lake Wolfgang" has stood for hospitality for more than 500 years. The operetta by Ralph Benatzky made hotel in the Salzkammergut famous.
Who doesn't instantly think of Peter Alexander as Leopold in Ralph Benatzky's operetta when hearing the name "Weisses Rössl" (White Horse)? In 1896 Oskar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg wrote this romantic comedy at Villa Blumenthal, close to the city of Bad Ischl. It's a story about a lovestruck head waiter and the feisty Rössl landlady at "White Horse Inn". In 1930 Ralph Benatzky then wrote the infectious music and on 8th November 1930 the operetta premiered in Berlin. The White Horse has galloped around the whole world ever since and told the story about the holiday romance on Lake Wolfgang.
White Horse Inn's history: more than operetta
Whoever thinks that White Horse Inn's fame and history is all about the operetta is not quite right: for more than 500 years guests have been served and accommodated close to St. Wolfgang's pilgrimage church. The actual "White Horse Inn" was established in 1878. Paul Johann Peter bought "White Horse Inn" in 1912 and became founder of the family-run hotel, which is now run in 5th generation.
A legend redefines itself
Fame does have its darker sides: it took the owner family ten years to turn the inn for day trippers into a serious 4-star-superior hotel. Today guests find charming hospitality, outstanding comfort and every imaginable service at "White Horse Inn on Lake Wolfgang" - far from the picture painted by the operetta. But there is one thing that will never change: the gorgeous landscape and the unique location that has delighted guests then and now!