The Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden Celebrates its 525th Anniversary

By The Rezidor Hotel Group, PRNE
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BRUSSELS, June 2, 2011 -

The Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden, has celebrated its
525th anniversary. With its first documentary mention in 1486, it is
considered to be the oldest Grand Hotel in Germany. At that time, St. Peter's
Basilica in Rome and St. Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow did
not exist, America and the Amazon were not discovered, and Martin Luther was
just three years old.

The "Schwarzer Bock" was originally a bath house, and its name stems from
the first owner, Philipp zum Bock, who had black ("schwarz" in German) hair.
Back then, Wiesbaden had only 36 inhabitants, but it already had an
established reputation for its beneficial hot springs: the bricks from 33 AD
found during construction work on the hotel's site prove that the ancient
Romans treated their ailments here. The bricks can be seen in the cellar of
the "Schwarzer Bock".

However, later Wiesbaden became one of the leading spa destinations in
Europe. Ladies from nearby Frankfurt society made sure, when drawing up their
marriage contracts, that they could visit the Wiesbaden spa once a year -
without their husbands. Goethe was a guest at the "Schwarzer Bock" and summed
up the experience as follows: "The primary duty of every bather is not to sit
and think, but rather to bend to a higher purpose his wit, and make a merry
life of it".

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the old bath house was demolished
and replaced by a modern building with 220 beds, electric lights, elevators
and later, running water - at 5 Marks per night. After the Second World War,
the Americans occupied the "Schwarzer Bock" for another twelve years.

The hotel, which has been known as Radisson Blu since 1995, now has 142
rooms and suites decorated in a classical style. It's been a long time since
guests have slept on bed frames covered with bags of straw and hair
mattresses, as used in the "Schwarzer Bock" at the end of the 18th century.
Ovens in the rooms, as used by guests in the 19th century to cook their own
meals because the hotel had no restaurant at the time, are also a thing of
the past.

Today, the hotel in Wiesbaden (
) offers a number of facilities, from comfortable beds and private baths to
air conditioning and free WiFi. The "Capricorn" restaurant serves
international and national specialities, and the atmospheric Bar 1486, named
after the official "birth year", is the perfect place to end the day. On
entering the bar, guests should not only cast an eye over the cocktail menu,
but also look at the door, on which the year of the first documentary mention
is inscribed: 1486.

"To manage a hotel with this history is an extraordinary privilege.
1486-2011, is an enormous time frame and for most people it is scarcely
imaginable. In order to celebrate this event with our guests from around the
world, we have prepared exclusive anniversary offers, available throughout
the year", said general manager Peter Mikkelsen.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in
the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in
operation and under development with 86,300 rooms in over 60 countries,
including a wide range of hotels in Wiesbaden (, hotels in Rome
(, hotels in Berlin
( and airport hotels in
Zurich (

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by
Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along
with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under
a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni,
Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

    For further information please contact:
    Christiane Reiter
    Director Corporate Communications
    The Rezidor Hotel Group
    Avenue Du Bourget 44
    B-1130 Br├╝ssel


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