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.

Franz Fetz


Bregenzerwald-native Franz Fetz has run the Gasthof Hirschen in Schwarzenberg since 1975. With his love for detail and his commitment to traditionality and originality, he has transformed and developed it into the 4-star art hotel with internationally acclaimed cuisine we know today.

Describe the feel of the Altstadt Vienna.

The Altstadt always gives me the sense of coming home.

Which is your favorite room?

I have stayed in a number of fantastic suites here, including the Bösendorfer - which offers lots of space and a wonderful ambience. But it’s almost impossible for me to name just one room that’s my absolute favorite.

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

I have known Otto Wiesenthal for 30 years, and the hotel for the last 25.

Describe the Altstadt Vienna in one word.

A second home.

Find out here, what the Bösendorfer Suite looks like.