Graham Greene was inspired to write the 1949 film noir The Third Man at the hotel.
The Hotel Sacher Wien, which opened in 1876, occupies an enviable spot on Philharmonikerstrasse directly across from Vienna's State Opera. It has a storied past and served as a popular setting for spy movies (this is where Graham Greene was inspired to write the script for the 1949 film noir The Third Man). Equally famous are its classic, jewel-toned interiors. Guest rooms are decorated with antiques, silk curtains and select works from the museum-worthy collection of paintings. Two presidential suites, Madame Butterfly and the Magic Flute, are as grand as the personages who have checked in (Indira Gandhi, Queen Elizabeth II, Rudolph Nureyev and Herbert von Karajan), and both overlook the opera house. The top floor, meanwhile, boasts more contemporary accommodations, including suites with panoramic terraces.
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