The Kaiserbruendl has an impressive history covering several centuries.
The Kaiserbründl (formerly 'Centralbad') is generally regarded as the oldest
and most distinguished bathing-establishment in Vienna. The unusually deep
well of the building itself was already in use in Roman times for the small
fortification at a bridge (proven through the discovery of coins dating back to
the emperors Heliogabalus and Alexander Severus). This building structure,
later known as 'Weihenpurgkh', formed part of a separate fortified small
suburb outside Vienna until 1156.
In the middle ages this area was the centre for textiles ('der alte Ramhof'), the
first document mentioni 'padstubn' ('bathing room') in this house dates back to
1368. During the 19th century the Centralbad (then the only bath in the city
centre) gained its greatest social reputation. Among its regular guests was a.o.
the Archduke Ludwig Victor, a brother of the emperor Franz Joseph I, who was
famous for his love for beauty.
In remembrance of the visits of imperial majesties, i.e.: Franz Joseph
(12.08.1873), Don Pedro II (13.03.1877) and Nasir-ad-Din (08. and
13.07.1878) the Centralbad was renamed into “Kaiserbründl”.
CONSERVATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS AND REBUILDING
Between 1887 - 1891, the house was rebuilt by the famous Viennese architect
and city master builder Anton Honus and gained its present look. After a period
of stagnation following world war II, the Kaiserbründl experiences now - at the
dawn of the third millennium -
a new revival, which can be witnessed through its elaborate renovations and
SOCIETAS CONSPIRANTI HELIOGABALI
Here, the 'Societas Conspirantium Heliogabali', in a way the 'Dombauhütte'
(following the church masons' build) of the Kaiserbründl, contributed
significantly to the changes, by aiming at transforming it into the underground
temple to the sun of Hermesa, in order to fulfill the Divinatio Heliogabali after
an interruption of 1777 years.