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With a fine tradition

During the Middle Ages the Herrngasse was the center of Rothenburg.
The mansions along the Herrngasse belonged to the Patricians, the most powerful and wealthiest families in town. Four of these mansions, which date back to the 16th century, are the Hotel Eisenhut today. Since 1759 the Winterbach family, one of the most influential families in town, lived in house no. 3. Many members of the Winterbach family were alderman and mayor of Rothenburg.

In 1890 Georg Andreas Eisenhut opened a wine tavern in the Herrngasse no. 3 house. Since there was no male heir, his son-in-law, Johann Andreas Ploss took over and turned the tavern into a hotel to be able to offer proper accomodation to the ever increasing number of visitors.


Then, in 1924 it was his son-in-law who took over: Georg Pirner and his wife Paula Pirner managed the Hotel Eisenhut which became one of the best hotels in Germany and was famous all over the world. Until 2006 their son Hans J. Pirner, great-grand-son of the founder Georg Andreas Eisenhut, continued the tradition in the best manner.

In December 2006 the hotel Eisenhut was sold to the hotelier family Schlag from Nuremberg. Still in private hands, the Hotel Eisenhut is now part of the Arvena Hotels.

Prominent Guests in our Hotel

John McCloy, Sir Alfred Ramsey,  G. Rockefeller, William Randolph Hearst, Malcolm Forbes,
Rezah Pahlevi, Prince Naruhito Hironomiya (heir to the Japaneese throne), Louis Ferdinand of Preussen,
Queen Sylvia of Sweden, King Carl XVI. Gustav of Sweden, Mario Adorf,  Heiner Lauterbach, Gert Fröbe,
Curd Jürgens, Heinz Rühmann,  Burt Lancaster, Paul Hindemith,  Svatoslav Richter, Gideo Kremer,
Herbert Grönemeyer, Art Garfunkel,  Erich Maria Remarque, Erich Kästner,  J. Mario Simmel,
Winston Churchill,  Theodor Heuss, Willy Brandt,  Franz Josef Strauß, Walter Scheel …

… as well as numerous members of the european high nobility, famous artists and personalities
of industry and politics.

A look behind the scenes

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