The Sacher hotels and cafés have been managed by the Gürtler family since 1934, since 1990 by Elisabeth Gürtler. Both hotels are two of only a few privately owned 5 star luxury hotels worldwide.
As of 2014 the next generation has been responsible for the performance of the company. Georg Gürtler, Alexandra and Matthias Winkler as well as the whole Sacher team grant their guests highest quality, passion, an international flair and the level of excellence, which is inextricably linked with the name „Sacher“.
It all began back in 1832: Franz Sacher created the Original Sacher-Torte, which from then on has become world famous and is still traditionally manufactured according to his secret recipe.
In 1876, his son Eduard opened the Hotel Sacher Wien in Vienna’s first district. Only a few years later, in 1892, at the age of 33 his wife Anna took over its management and influenced the „Sacher“ like nobody else. Not questioning her leadership, she’s quoted: “The master of the house, that’s me!”. Moreover she became famous for her faible of zigars and the French Bulldogs, that permanently accompanied her.
With great passion, providing a unique flair and special attention to her guests, she managed the hotel until her death in 1930. She was succeeded by a smart attorney, who took over the “Sacher” in 1934 and led it into a new era: as of this day the best hotel in town has been owned by the families Gürtler and Winkler.
The Sacher hotel has always been a place to meet for artists, politicians und high society. Celebrities from all over the world have been warmly welcomed at the hotel vis-a-vis the Vienna State opera ever since.
To name only a few Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II and John F. Kennedy a well as numerous current heads of state such as Queen Laetizia of Spain and German chancellor Angela Merkel are part of the hotel’s register of official guests.
In the world of classical music names range from Herbert von Karajan to Anna Netrebko and Thomas Hampson. Violonist David Garret, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and others continue the list of talented artists.
Iris Berben and Max von Thun head the register of German actors. Furthermore, Tom Cruise, Hugh Grant and Hellen Mirren represent the Hollywood actors and Academy Award winners, who are also part of the Sacher gallery of famous guests.