History

Traditional elegance and fine hospitality

Since almost 150 years, "Brenners", as our grand hotel is affectionately known, has presided over Lichtentaler Allee, in the heart of the verdant splendour of Baden-Baden’s famous park. It was Brenners, for example, that pioneered the growth of wellness in grand hotels when we introduced an advanced spa concept in 1983. Over the years, the hotel has hosted numerous dignitaries from around the world: in the early days, the Shah of Persia, The King of Siam and a young King Edward VII; today, statesmen and Presidents.

The historic Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa

1872

The birth of Brenners

On 21 October 1872, the "Stephanie les bains", a hotel located in the Lichtentaler Allee with a strong French character, known as the Stephanienbad, is purchased by the Baden-Baden court tailor Anton Brenner resulting in the founding of the Brenners hotel tradition.

1881

Camille Brenner - a hotelier of genius

Camille Brenner, born in 1855, takes over the Stephanienbad from his parents and embarks on a programme of expansion. With this gifted hotelier at the helm, the hotel's ascendency to a world-class grand hotel begins.

1895

Brenners heyday

With over 200 rooms of unparalled luxury, the Stephanienbad, now renamed Hotel Stephanie, has become a star attraction in Baden-Baden, a town which itself had developed into a leading spa resort. Entries in the guest book during this time reveal the hotel's importance: 1907 sees King Chulalongkorn of Siam and Laos accompanied by his large retinue holding court at the hotel.

1920

Parkvilla

In the philosophy of an international luxury hotel in “The Golden Twenties” fits the institution of a "Kasino Stephanie". The small villa with its large terrace was suitable for this purpose. There were daily dances in the new casino during the season, in good weather, the guests could have fun outdoors. The events were quickly regarded as one of the major attractions for walkers in the Lichtentaler Allee and became famous nationwide.

1930

Challenging times in an explosive age

Following the difficulties of the early Thirties and the world financial crisis, international guest numbers begin once again to rise.

At the height of this unfortunately short period of growth prior to the Second World War in 1939, Kurt and Alfred Brenner achieve the incredible feat of hosting 40,000 overnight guests in 1937.

1941

Oetker acquires a majority interest

The Oetker family acquires additional shares in the hotel, making themselves the majority shareholder. The Baden-Baden hotel, now under the control of Rudolf August Oetker, who was born in 1916, develops into something remarkable.

Over the years, Rudolf August Oetker involves himself in numerous activities benefitting the town, yet characteristically he always remains in the background – a trait common to both him and Camille Brenner.

1950

A new era for Brenners

With the reopening of the town's health resort facilities following the war, Brenners Park-Hotel with its 160 beds also reopens to guests on 1 April 1950. Even in the first year some 17,000 guests stay at the hotel with almost half of these coming from abroad. Throughout the 1950s, the hotel management is able to build on the success of the past.

1962

The cradle of europe

15 February 1962: preliminary talks on the Franco-German friendship treaty. Since this date, hailed as a milestone on the road to a united Europe, Brenners is also affectionately referred as the "Cradle of Europe".

1969

The last chapter of an intriguing family history

After 50 years of service in the company founded by his grandfather, Alfred Brenner retires from the board of Brenners Hotel KG and a great family tradition comes to an end.

1977

The Schwarzwaldklinik in Villa Stephanie

This ambitious project is handled by Professor Cäsar F. Pinnau of Hamburg, the hotel’s principal architect since three decades.
The private clinic offers treatments for internal illnesses, rehabilitation, convalescence, inpatient aftercare and short notice check-ups.
In July 1997 the clinic’s internal medicine division is closed.

1981

Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden

XI Olympic Congress and the 84th Session of the IOC in Baden-Baden and Brenners: Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Game Committee subsequently awards Olympic city status to Baden-Baden on 17 July 1997.

1983

Sanus per aquam

"Sanus per aquam": as a pioneer of the grand hotel, Brenners begins trading under the name of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa and introduces its spa concept to Germany and the rest of Europe. In Brenners Spa, the hotel's guiding principle of "Lifestyle. At one with nature." becomes clearly established.

1990

Vis a vis from Brenners

Time to look ahead: the completion of the Schillerstrasse project sees the attractive 19th-century structures of the Residenz Turgenjew and Villa Viardot incorporate a harmonious blend of modern architecture. Located opposite the hotel, the development introduces fresh impetus to the urban surroundings and adds to the beauty of the town.

1995

Brenners. Politics. Europe.

"Bonjour, Helmut!" - "Salut, Jacques!" A major highlight in the Brenners annals: the meeting between German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and French President Jacques Chirac at the 66th Franco-German summit. In a letter of gratitude, Jacques Chirac wrote: "J'ai été très sensible à cette attention et je vous remercie pour le chaleureux accueil que vous m'avez réservé."

1997

Historical evidence of the new east-west-relations

In April, as part of a state visit and because of the German Media Prize award ceremony, Baden-Baden is honoured to welcome Boris Yeltsin and Helmut Kohl together with their wives. The town leaves a lasting impression on the Russian presidential couple:

"I must confess that my wife and I were fascinated by Baden-Baden."

2000

A grand hotel becomes younger

In line with the motto "A grand hotel becomes younger", Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa welcomes the 21st century with a newly-appointed managing director at the helm: Frank Marrenbach.

His predecessor, Richard Schmitz, enters his well-earned retirement after 32 years' service.

2000

Renaming Stephanie les Bains

The tradition lives on with a private clinic for internal medicine, physical and rehabilitative medicine and naturopathy named after the history-making hotel.
The Villa Stephanie now accommodates one of the finest private clinics in Germany.

2002

Brenners gastronomy takes on a new splendour

The Brenners gastronomic offering takes on a younger, more modern look: following the redesign of the spa complex, the function rooms and the Orangerie banqueting hall, Brenners Park-Restaurant, the Wintergarten, the Kaminhalle and the Oleander-Bar, come into being.

2002

Paving the way to Brenners Medical Care

The hotel management confirms the closure of the inpatient unit in favour of an approach directed more towards preventative medicine.
The Brenners Medical Care signifies the logical continuation of a healthcare concept integral to the Brenner idea ever since the establishment of the hotel.

2004

Racecourse hospitality at Iffezheim

Entertainment and racing fever of the highest standard:

the Brenners Lounge at the Iffezheim Racecourse opens;

a venue where a refined ambience and international flair are united.

2006

Wag`s circus in Baden-Baden

The wives and girlfriends of the football stars of the English national team descend on Brenners for a number of weeks. Britain's tabloid press camp out in front of the hotel:

"The WAGs Circus in Baden-Baden" is the heading in the Daily Mail. A very special summer of football in Baden-Baden!

2008

The Parkvilla opens

The redesigned Brenners Parkvilla opens a new chapter in the history of the historic palace with accommodation options that offer the ultimate in luxurious living.

2009

History repeating itself

History repeats itself: during the Franco-German anniversary summit in Strasbourg/Kehl to commemorate the 60th anniversary of NATO, the anniversary celebrations are held in Baden-Baden. Earlier in the day, US President Barack Obama was a guest at the bilateral talks between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

2012

A look at the past, prospects for the future

Brenners, as the grand hotel on the Lichtentaler Allee is affectionately known by hotel guests, has for 140 years been synonymous with grand tradition, great commitment and motivation for the future. Having been in private hands for generations – passing to Rudolf August Oetker in 1941 to become the first hotel in the family's Oetker Collection – the internationally renowned grand hotel provides the town of Baden-Baden with a calling card that is presentable throughout the world.

2015

Villa Stéphanie opens

Europe's most impressive and innovative new spa opened in January 2015 at Brenners-Park Hotel & Spa.

The new spa, housed in the historic Villa Stéphanie adjacent to the existing hotel, offers an integrated approach to health that reflects the hotel's decades of experience and expertise in the spa and medical realm.

2018

Fritz & Felix Restaurant – Kitchen – Bar

Sharing is the new enjoyment. With Fritz & Felix Restaurant – Kitchen – Bar the city resort starts into a new culinary age. The food location stands for an urban way of life, relaxed communication and a cuisine that is as authentic as it is original.

The Fritz & Felix bar is a new crowd-puller of its own - inspired by the design and lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties.

At Fritz & Felix an evening becomes a real experience.

2020

Write the next chapter in the hotel’s history

Henning Matthiesen is appointed the new Managing Director of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa. In his new job at the legendary grand hotel in Baden-Baden, Henning Matthiesen will be able to draw on a wealth of experience which he has acquired during his career to date at some of Europe’s most renowned hotels.