On 21 October 1872, the "Stephanie les bains", a hotel located in the Lichtentaler Allee with a strong French character, known also as the Stephanienbad, is purchased by the Baden-Baden court tailor Anton Brenner resulting in the founding of the Brenners hotel tradition.
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.
With over 200 rooms of unparalleled luxury, the now-called Hotel Stephanie has become a star attraction in Baden-Baden, a town which itself has 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 hold court at the hotel.
Kurt and Alfred Brenner follow in their father's footsteps as hoteliers. In 1924, the renamed Kasino Stephanie draws such attention with its summer dances that events are reported worldwide. For the Brenner brothers, the twenties are literally the 'golden years'.
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.
The Oetker family acquires additional shares in the hotel, making them the majority shareholder. Renowned for his success in building up and managing his business empire, the Baden-Baden hotel, now under the control of Rudolf August Oetker, born 1916, likewise develops itself into something quite special. Over the years, Rudolf August Oetker involves himself in numerous activities to benefit the town, yet, like his character, always remains in the background - a trait common to both him and Camille Brenner.
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. During the 1950s, the hotel management is able to continue the success of the past.
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 to as the "Cradle of Europe".
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.
XI Olympic Congress and the 84th Session of the IOC in Baden-Baden and Brenners: Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the International Olympic Committee subsequently awards Olympic city status to Baden-Baden on 17 July 1997.
"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.
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.
"Bonjour, Helmut!" - "Salut, Jacques!" A major highlight in the Brenner 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 une nouvelle fois pour le chaleureux accueil que vous m' aver reserve."
In April, as part of a state visit and due to 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."
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.
The Brenners gastronomic offer takes on a younger, more modern look: following the redesign of the spa complex, the function rooms and the Orangerie banqueting hall, today's Brenners Park-Restaurant, the Wintergarten, the Kaminhalle and the Oleander-Bar come into being.
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 unite.
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 WAG's Circus in Baden-Baden" is the heading in the Daily Mail. A very special summer of football in Baden-Baden!
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.
The past continues to repeat 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.
'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.
Held for the first time in 1996, the 'Gala Spa Awards', initiated by the premium people and lifestyle magazine GALA and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, has developed into the 'Oscars' of the Spa industry. The winners of the Personality Award have included top model Karolina Kurkova.
The embrace of two countries on culinary grounds: The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysée Treaty, whose cornerstone was laid in Baden-Baden, was celebrated by the Michelin-star chefs Paul Stradner and Yannick Franques in Brenners Park-Restaurant.
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