Zum Riesen

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The Giant
Zum Riesen
Zum Riesen 2014, front.jpg
Zum Riesen hotel, 2014
Hotel chainFaust Miltenberg
General information
Architectural styleRenaissance
AddressHauptstraße 97
Miltenberg 63897
CoordinatesCoordinates: 49°42′01″N 9°15′22″E / 49.7002°N 9.2562°E / 49.7002; 9.2562
Named forTrestam zum Riesen
Construction started1411
Renovated1589, 1948, 1970
Renovation costDM 250,000 (1948)
Technical details
Design and construction
ArchitectJacob Stoer
Other information
Seating capacity190
Number of rooms18

Zum Riesen (The Giant) is a hotel in Miltenberg, Germany and is one of the oldest hotels in the country, dating back to at least 1411.


Records show that a building existed on the site for some time previous, though the earliest known mention of the hotel is the registration of Trestam zum Riesen as landlord in 1411, making it one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in the world.[1][2][3] The hotel was rebuilt in the half-timbered, Renaissance style in 1590 by architect Jacob Stoer, using 100 logs donated by the city council.[1][4] The building has been renovated a number of times since; first in 1948 for DM 250,000; and again in 1970 after being purchased for DM 194,000.[1] In 2001 it was purchased by local chain Faust Brauhaus.[5]

A number of famous guests have stayed at Zum Riesen; including two Holy Roman Emperors, Frederick Barbarossa and Charles IV;[1] the leaders from both sides of the Thirty Years' War, Johann Tserclaes and Gustavus Adolphus;[1][3][6] Napoléon Bonaparte;[7] and Elvis Presley.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Von Tilly bis Presley: Deutschlands ältestes Gasthaus unter dem Hammer" [From Tilly to Presley: Germany's oldest guesthouse under the hammer]. Die Zeit (in German). 13 March 1970. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  2. ^ "German Inn". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Google News. 1970-05-14. p. 18. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  3. ^ a b Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (4 November 2010). Frommer's Germany. Frommer's (2011 ed.). John Wiley & Sons. p. 266. ISBN 978-0-470-93362-6. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Dettelbacher, Werner; Fröhling, Stefan; Reuss, Andreas (1999). Franken (in German). DuMont Reiseverlag. p. 77. ISBN 978-3-7701-4186-9. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^ Diemar, Claudia (2010-09-11). "Miltenberg: Darum ist es am Main so schön" [Miltenberg: That' why it's so beautiful at the Main]. echoonline.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  6. ^ Baedeker, Karl (1980). Baedeker's Germany. Prentice Hall. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-1305-5830-5. OCLC 7387536. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  7. ^ Sundermann, Detlef (2014-11-27). "Hanau: Als Napoleon in Hanau nächtigte" [When Napoleon spent the night in Hanau]. fr-online.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-12-18.

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