The History of the Hotel du Dragon
First mention of the "Hotel du Dragon" was in 1345 under the name Hotel Endingen. In 1418 the hotel was the residence of the Emperor Sigismond. A family named Drachenfels, who lived in a Castle on the Rhine River, became the new owners in 1466.
Drachenfels in German means the cliff of the dragon. Also the direct translation of Drache is Dragon, giving today what is known as the "Hotel du Dragon".
Starting in 1681, all the "Very Important People" passing through Strasbourg were staying at the "Hotel du Dragon":
- The main event in late October 1681 was the visit of Louis XIV who came to Strasbourg to inspect his new territories and stayed several nights at the "Hotel du Dragon".
- In 1690, Louis XIV son called "Le Dauphin" spent a few nights in the hotel.
- In 1725, Stanislas de Leszczinski, King of Poland, stayed in the hotel and on 15th August 1725, his daughter, Maria Leszczinska became Queen of the Kingdom of France marrying Louis XV in the Cathedral of Strasbourg.
When the Germans won the war in 1870, they decided to demolish the hotel and to build a school which is still a neighbour to this day.
Fortunately, they didn't destroy the entire hotel, but left the part you are staying in, and so you have the opportunity to spend one or several nights in a house full of history.
The owner and manager, Jean Zimmer, born in Strasbourg, and his staff are pleased to welcome you at the "Hotel du Dragon" and wish you a memorable stay.