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Tyrolean Tradition and Italian Style

Grand Hotel Europa Innsbruck Entrance photoThe Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck has an illustrious history as the elegant accommodation of royalty and celebrities in the Tyrolean capitol. Built in 1869 as a royal guest residence with design additions by the architects of Bavaria’s “mad” King Ludwig II. Completely renovated in 2009-10, the only 5-star hotel in the city mixes the gilded age with modern Italian design and old Alps Tyrol tradition in one package. The hotel has greeted illustrious guests from King Ludwig II and Queen Elizabeth II to the Rolling Stones and Sting. The Grand Hotel Europa was the central location during two Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, and even General Patton made the hotel his headquarters for a brief time at the end of the war.

Baroque Parlor Salon Dining Rooom photoLocated conveniently across from Innsbruck’s main train station, the exterior of the Europa is not as impressive than others of its class, looking rather like a corner storefront, much due to its reconstruction after a fire in 1945. The Grand Hotel Europa features 108 rooms and 7 luxury suites furnished in splendid style, many with marble bathrooms and Oriental carpets. The Europa’s royal past is recalled with hallways adorned by portraits of the last Habsbourg emperor and you can even find a Kaiserberg Wine served in the restaurant. In keeping with its setting on the pass route between the Alps of Austrian Tyrol and Italy, the Europa offers a choice of stay in the original classic rooms of Tyrolean atmosphere or the updated wing of sleek modern Italian design. Many of the rooms offer large windows with views of the surrounding Alpine landscape. Of the inviting and comfortable public areas and lobby, the hotel’s pride is the “Barock Saal”, the Baroque ballroom designed by the architects of King Ludwig who also worked on his fantasy castle at Neuschwanstein.

Europa Bar Innsbruck photoThe Grand Hotel Europa offers the dining experience of the world class restaurant, the Europa Stüberl, featuring the multiple award-winning cuisine of Chef Roland Geisberger, presenting superlative culinary variety with seasonal dishes of regional and international flair. The restaurant in cozy and inviting Tyrolean style is divided into various “Stuben” or parlors. The Alte Stube with 200 year old illustrated wooden paneling and ornaments, the modern Weinstube, wine room, the Philippine Welser Stube or the Andreas Hofer Stube, all which radiate the typical Alpine charm and a homey atmosphere. The newly designed Europa Bar off the lobby welcomes hotel guests and locals throughout the day from the morning’s first espresso, to an afternoon respite from shopping or sightseeing, or an evening tete-a-tete cocktail nightcap. The Europa Bar makes for the convenient central meeting place at Grand Hotel Europa for a drink or a light meal with the sleek lounge design equaling the light Mediterranean gastronomic menu of antipasti, risotto with summer truffles, or beef filet.

Kaiser at Hotel Europa innsbruck photoThe attractions and shops of Innsbruck are all within a 15-minute walk. The Hofkirche and the Golden Roof are around the corner, and with the newly modernized Hungerburg Tramway and Nordkettenbahn aerial cable starting from the town center, the mountain peaks and scenic panoramas can be reached with a 20 minute cable car ride where the hiking trails and ski areas as well as the nearby Stubai Glacier offer a contrast to the Inn River Valley. Several golf courses set in the midst of splendid alpine nature are easily accessible such as Igls, Rinn, Mieming or Seefeld. The lobby of the hotel directly connects to the train station and parking lot though its own tunnel to avoid the weather and the local ski bus in winter stops in front of the hotel. The Grand Hotel Europa offers a number of special packages from romantic weekends, sightseeing, to a Casino and Dinner arrangement.
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