The Austrian Hostel/ Hospice

It is located on the corner of the crossroad between the ‘Via Dolorosa’ and Al-Wad Street. Austrians originally built it under the name of ‘The Austrian Hospice of the Holy Family in Jerusalem" to be used as a hostel for visitors and pilgrims' from German-speaking regions. It was opened in 1863 as the first guesthouse for western pilgrims in Jerusalem. Later on, the building was used as a hospital for the residents of Jerusalem. After 1985, it was restored by its owners. Currently, the building is being used as a guest house (hotel) for those visiting Jerusalem. The building showcases the European architecture that was introduced into the architectural fabric of Jerusalem in the second half of the 19th century, which prevailed over the traditional local architecture. The building has a wonderful view of the Old City's landmarks.