Over 400 years of tradition in Vienna's oldest hotel
Hotel Stefanie and City Central – Jewish Vienna
Your hotels in the heart of Jewish Vienna
Vienna's 2nd district, Leopoldstadt, is lovingly called “Mazzesinsel” by the Viennese. This name origins in the Jewish word for matzo.
Today Hotel Stefanie and City Central are located in Leopoldstadt, both hotels know about the Jewish tradition of the 2nd district and are always looking forward to welcoming Jewish guests. If you tell us with your booking we will gladly provide kosher breakfast options (extra charge €5,-- p.P.) for you.
International, religious and cultural diversity and tolerance correlate with the Schick Hotel's understanding of hospitality.
History of the Jewish population in Vienna
Jewish communities in Vienna were first mentioned in the 12th century. Through the years Vienna evolved into an important centre of Jewish culture, which experienced its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The Jewish quarter in Vienna
In 1624 Emperor Ferdinand assigned today's 2nd district (Leopoldstadt) outside the city walls as a residential area to the Jewish people in Vienna. Despite all trials and tribulations the Jewish community decided to return to this district close to the city due to its convenient location for trading and businesses.
Nazism and World War II claim many victims
Nazism expelled almost the entire Jewish community. Before 1938 around 60,000 Jews lived in Leopoldstadt, today there are only 3,000 – but the community keeps growing. An active and confident community has evolved. Around Karmeliterplatz there are a range of shops for kosher food and several kosher restaurants can be found here as well. Today there are 9 synagogues and temples in the 2nd district.
Religious, cultural and international diversity
“Stones of Remembrance”, similar to the “Stolpersteine” in Germany, have been placed all around Leopoldstadt to commemorate the Holocaust victims.
Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial
Vienna's Jewish Museum was officially opened in 1988. In 2000 the Holocaust Memorial was revealed on Judenplatz square; it was designed by the British artist Rachel Whiteread and commissioned by Vienna's city administration. At the same time the Museum Judenplatz, a branch of the Jewish Museum, was also opened.
Get more information on the latest activities of the community at Vienna's Jewish Community. Book your room at Hotel Stefanie, in the middle of the Jewish quarter, conveniently online with best-price guarantee.