Following the initiatives of HCR Ambassador in Romania, Mr. Arnold Klingeis, the Café restaurant of the emblematic Europäischer Hof Hotel in Heidelberg is the first candidate from Germany to become an official member of HCR.
It is a landmark of the famous German university town’s history, with a centuries-old tradition in higher education.
The famous hotel has a great history and offers a special experience and high quality services through the attention to detail, good taste, and refined style that characterize this symbolic place for Germany and Europe.
According to Mr. Arnold Klingeis, HCR Ambassador in Romania, Europäischer Hof Hotel will be amongst the places to be visited on HCR cultural touristic product that are now preparing for Germany.
“It is with great pleasure that I send you this press release as part of my year-end report as Ambassador of the Council of Europe, responsible for the “Historic Cafés Route (HCR)” in Romania and for the expansion of our international network in Europe and worldwide, our intention to launch the HCR for Germany from Heidelberg, in the beautiful and historic European Court in Heidelberg. My visit to Heidelberg led to interesting discussions and reinforced my conviction that the Hotel Europäischer Hof in Heidelberg, as the first step in the development of the HCR in Germany, it is emblematic and representative of Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg and even for the Federal Republic of Germany. As a former student of the Heidelberg School of Hotel Management, I had the honor and great pleasure to get to experience Heidelberg, a vibrant city that has shaped and inspired me in many ways. To sum up my experience in Heidelberg, I would quote the internationally known slogan “I lost my heart in Heidelberg”. I especially thank my professors at the Heidelberg School of Hotel Management and, above all, my colleagues in the global alumni network, who work as managers in the world’s touristical centers and who wholeheartedly passed on what they learned in Heidelberg to their teams.”, said Arnold Klingeis, Ambassador of the Council of Europe, responsible for the “Historic Cafés Route”.
“Heidelberg’s Europaeischer Hof reflects the soul of the city in many ways. It combines tradition with modernity and we are proud to be part of the Historic Cafés Route and celebrate the combination of culture and hospitality with warmth and dedication”, said Dr. Caroline von Kretschmann / General Manager Europaeischer Hof Heidelberg.
“I am delighted that Mr. Arnold Klingeis, an alumnus of hotel management in Heidelberg, will be able to successfully express his skills as an educated and proven expert in the field of hotel management in a pioneering position in the Council of Europe, the oldest international European organization founded in 1949. The fact that Mr. Klingeis was able to establish genuine links in Heidelberg in 2023 with Dr. Caroline von Kretschmann (Hotel Der Europäische Hof) and Mrs. Claudia Kischka (Hip Hotel / Restaurant “Zum güldenen Schaf”) shows his attachment to this attractive, traditional and also international tourist city”, said Erik Pratsch / Former senior technical teacher/master chef.
According to the history, In 1865, Joseph Schrieder opened the Hotel de l’Europe, which he built in the center of Heidelberg. In the years that followed, the hotel changed hands several times and was constantly modernized. Fritz Gabler bought the hotel in 1906 and expanded it considerably. Between 1928 and 1929, a new side wing was built with 28 rooms, suites, and a conference room on the ground floor. The Viktoria Hotel across the street was also acquired.
The Europäische Hof is a privately run five-star hotel. In the past, celebrities from the world of film, television, sport and music as well as politicians and literary personalities have stayed at the Europäischer Hof. The hotel is a cooperation partner of the Heidelberg Spring Festival.
The hotel includes the gourmet Café restaurant “Die Kurfürstenstube” – opened in 1866 – the “Sommerrestaurant” in summer and the “Europa Bar”, which is open all year round.