companions

 

The people who stay with us, make the Altstadt what it is. A refuge of the Viennese attitude towards life, a place of joy and happiness. On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we asked 25 of those companions, regular guests, artists, designers,... to describe their very personal Altstadt experience.

Uli Brée

 

Script writer, director and actor, visionary and creative force. Today, he is one of the most acclaimed theatre and television authors in the German-speaking world. The awards for his work extend from 4 Romys to the Salzburger Stier, as well as a Grime Prize-nomination for his Tatort-episode “Erased”.

Describe the feel of the Altstadt Vienna.

The salon is both living-and dining room. Sometimes, I am a little astonished by just how many strangers are sitting in “my” dining room. The ladies in the reception greet me every time like a member of their own family returning home after a long trip. And the ladies in red, who take care of keeping everything clean and tidy, caringly supply this writer with a few extra pods of coffee.

Which is your favorite room?

I once read that Elvis Presley used to have a replica of his private bedroom built in every hotel when he was on tour. In my case, it works the other way around. I have modeled by own bedroom on a hotel room here at the Altstadt Vienna. Dark red wallpaper, chandelier and box-spring bed, so that I feel at home just like I do at the hotel.

When and how did your relationship with the Altstadt Vienna begin?

I don’t know precisely how long I’ve been a regular here. Several years for sure. I believe it was my friend Harald Krassnitzer, for whom I write Tatort, amongst other things, who first brought me here. Since then, the Altstadt has become a kind of writing annex for me. Sometimes, I seclude myself here for a few weeks to write in peace. In fact, a number of films and series were created right here. Including parts of the “Vorstadtweiber” TV series.

Describe the Altstadt Vienna in one word.

A carefree dwelling. Art-full living. Luxuriously modest. A second home.


Find out here what Uli Brée's favourite rooms look like.