Jerusalem: Centre of the World.

Are you familiar with medieval world maps? Jerusalem is always depicted as the centre of the world on them. The three continents known at that time, Europe, Africa and Asia, are grouped around the Holy City.

Of course, worldviews and maps have changed considerably since then. But Jerusalem still fascinates people. For religious, cultural, and for political reasons.

The Austrian Pilgrim Hospice of the Holy Family on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem has been welcoming guests from all over the world since 1863. An ecclesiastical foundation in the hands of the Archbishop of Vienna.

Your stay allows us:
to maintain the historic building fabric,
to work in a social capacity for people in need,
to strengthen intercultural dialogue.

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We look forward to your visit

Rektor Markus St. Bugnyár

Austrian Hospice – Social Fund
AT43 1919 0003 0015 0125
(Bankhaus Schelhammer und Schattera)

Welcome to the Austrian Pilgrim Hospice to the Holy Family in Jerusalem

The Austrian Pilgrim Hospice in Jerusalem is the oldest Christian guesthouse in the Holy City. We create jobs, concern ourselves with social issues and place particular emphasis on intercultural dialogue.

About us

The Austrian Hospice was founded in 1854 as an ecclesiastical foundation by the then Archbishop of Vienna, to whom the institution still belongs today. Emperor Franz Joseph is also considered one of our founding fathers. In 1869 Franz Joseph was in fact a guest at our venerable house.

Currently the Viennese Archbishop Dr. Christoph Cardinal Schönborn oversees the hospice, while Georg Habsburg-Lorraine is the chairman of our circle of friends, the Austrian Society of the Holy Land. As you can see, we cultivate tradition. You can rely on us. Even in the 21st century.

The history of our house reflects the history of the region as well as the conflicts in the Middle East. If you are interested in further details, please refer to our wikipedia entry and to the bibliography in the Academy field.

Hon.Prof. MMag. Markus Stephan Bugnyar

What Casa Austria is really all about.

Rector Markus St. Bugnyár

The major work is over: Casa Austria is open! The new guestroom wing brings the Austrian Pilgrim Hospice to its originally-conceived size 160 years after its opening.


Enquiries and Booking

The Austrian Pilgrim Guesthouse offers rooms with bath/shower. 124 beds in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. Please plan well in advance! If you intend to travel with a group, 16 months advance notice is recommended. Get in touch with us! We are always on hand to help you plan your pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Go directly to booking enquiries here!

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