When archduke Johann constructed the Palais Meran (today's university of fine arts) on the ground opposite the guest house, the master builder Withalm from Maribor bought the one-storey “Goldene Birn” guest house, knocked it down and built the new building, which was finished in 1867. Soon after that, in 1875, the “Goldene Birn” guest house celebrated its 300th anniversary and can still be found on Leonhardstraße in Graz today.
In the following years the hotel's success had gone south, until August Florian took over the hotel. During the depression in the 30s the master baker proved to be very successful, because one could make good money with bread and flour in those days. August Florian developed a passion for property trading.
Apart from other buildings, August Florian also bought the “Hotel zur goldenen Birn” in 1933, which did not have a good reputation at that time. He wanted to turn it into a coffee house to trade the pastries from his bakery, but soon plans changed. In the course of an enormous refurbishment and reconstruction the house got Styria's first steam heating and was renamed “Parkhotel”, a name that the hotel has kept since 1934.
In 1936 the wood barn in the patio, which used to be the horse shelter, was knocked down and the picturesque rose garden was created, which has been a piece of paradise ever since.
After 1945 Herbert Florian, son of August who had just returned from war, took over the hotel with his wife Liesl. Because of the destruction during World War II, the hotel was again renovated and gained a great reputation soon after that. In the late 70s the hotel was forwarded to Dr. Peter Florian and his wife Sissy.
The next milestone followed in 1983, when the hotel became member of the “Romantik Hotels and Restaurants International”, Our associated hotel, the Seefischer Hotel on Lake Millstättersee, is also a member.
Since 1st July 2013 Philipp Florian has been the Parkhotel's CEO.
The building's history at one glance:
Up until today the Romantic Parkhotel Graz has delighted its guests with its historic flair, which can be found everywhere in the hotel, especially with its furniture and decoration. The Florian family is looking forward to welcoming you at the Parkhotel Graz. Come and stay with us during your business trip or weekend trip. Send us your no obligation holiday enquiry today! See you soon in Graz!