Hotel Rose Heidelberg- 100 Jahre im Familienbesitz


Around 750 a hermit monk builds a cella on the rocky ridge between the two streams of Rohrbach. Todays tower of the Melanchthonkirche still stands on those foundations.


First documented mention of Rohrbach in the "Lorsch Codex" (CL 789):

By 1700,

9 families from Rohrbach immigrate to America.


Rohrbach now has 313 families which are members of a Reformed Church, 18 Lutheran and by then 35 Catholic families.
The rapid increase of catholics was forced by the Elector.


† Duchess Auguste, first wife of Max Joseph, and mother of the later King Ludwig I of Bavaria, dies in Rohrbach. For 3 days the Duchess is laid out in the castle of Rohrbach


Goethe was deeply impressed on a walk from Heidelberg in the area of the location of Rohrbach and describes this experience in his diary:

"Towards evening I went with damsel Delph towards the plain, first to the vineyards, then the large road down to where you can see Rohrbach. Here the location of Heidelberg is deeply interesting as you have the well built vineyards in the back and see the wonderful rich plain in front up to the Rhine and beyond to the blue mountains."


Rohrbach according to municipal accounts has 1076 inhabitants, of which 1 mayor , 2 priests, 3 schoolmasters, 4 court people, 1 forester, 170 citizens, 8 resident aliens (local poor) and 73 jews [and their respective families] are listed.
Buldings: 1 Reformed church, 1 Catholic church, 1 Reformed rectory, 1 Catholic rectory, 1 reformed school house, 169 private houses and 82 barns. Of cattle as of 38 horses, 28 oxes, 270 cows, 58 cattle, 125 sheep and 300 pigs and of course "small cattle".


First mention of Rohrbach in Eichendorffs diary.


Tsar Alexander of Russia comes from Heidelberg to Rohrbach on a visit to his mother Amalie and the Grand Duke of Baden. They all stay in the castle of Rohrbach.


Margravine Amalie comes to Rohrbach and is received here by her son Tsar Alexander on the eve of her birthday.

The next day she invites Tsar Alexander and austrian Emporer Franz for dinner to Rohrbach.

autumn of 1817 

On the upper floor of the tavern "Rose" there is a probably secret "Paukboden". There - once again - takes place a fencing bout of duelling fraternities from Heidelberg. As the watch keeping students from the street come into the house out of curiosity to also watch the bout the students think the caretaker of university discovered them and the flee. The involved student Alexander Pagenstecher reported:

"With the bat still in the hand I went down the stairs, through the yard over a wall and through a neighboring farm in a barn with threshing farmers who are horrified at the sight of me and where I recommended them secrecy, the hayladder through a hole in the layer of clay of the same in a dark room, which was filled with leaves and straw. "

There he stays until night falls and it turns out that all the" false alarm". The students return to "Rose" continuing their bout and bring it to an end. To the victorious Pagenstecher landlady of the "Rose" presents a big bouquet of autumn flowers. The caretaker of the university would wake him the next morning and put him for 8 days in the notorious detention room (Karzer).

Easter 1856

Founding of the choir "Männergesangvereins Sängerbund" at the "Rose".


In the morning a never before heard and seen vehicle chugs along the road from Heidelberg to Rohrbach. It looks like a carriage, but has no horses pulling it. And it crashes and smells quite pathetic. Sitting on it there is a woman and two young men: it isBertha Benz and her two sons Eugen and Richard. They take ride on the "Benz Motor Car # 3" constructed by her husband Carl Benz and want to go to Pforzheim to her relatives. So Rohrbach witnesses the first voyage of the automotive history. Most Rohrbacher probably won't habe noticed this trip, since the way on the highway at the "cross" (today Eichendorffplatz) turns to the right avoiding the center of Rohrbach and led directly to the guest house "Rose".

On January 1, 1921, the "Rose" was bought by the family of the present owners.


Incorporation of Rohrbach into the city of Heidelberg.


Rohrbach has 12.147 inhabitants, of whom 2.145 live in Boxberg settlement.


Fritz Steinmann junior takes over the "Rose Hotel" with his wife Hilda and builds 8 more rooms.


Heidi, daughter of Fritz and her husband Kurt are now the third generation in the "Rose Hotel".


The families Steinmann and Fein invite to the an anniversary - 62 years in the service of the guests. A glass of beer costs 25 cent, a ¼ wine from Baden 60 cent, ribs with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes 1,30 DM


The 4th Generation, Beate Reese and her husband Ken, a former US Officer are taking the lead at the "Hotel Rose".

Career of Beate Reese:

1981 - 1984 apprenticeship as Hotelfachfrau in the renowned Hotel Ritter in Heidelberg. 1984 - 1990 in Zermatt (Switzerland) **** Hotel Schweizerhof, then ***** Hotel Mont Cervin in the French restaurant Seilerhaus and in the Restaurant Chez Gaby

1991 master examination at the Hotelfachschule Heidelberg 1992/93 one more year to the 5 star hotel "Vier Jahreszeiten" in Munich, as banquet head waiter. There Beate Reese was responsible for the proceedings in the banquet and cared for guests such as: Heinz Rühmann, Mario Adorf, Princess Diana, Thomas Gottschalk, Franz Beckenbauer and the German national team, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Mikhail Gorbachev and many more.


The restaurant is closed. The "Rose" becomes a hotel garni.

03.11.2003 and 08.09.2005

The 5. Generation is born.


100 years in the service of guests

2010 – 2013

All rooms are getting renovated, new Reception, new Breakfast room

2014 -2017

All rooms now have soundproof windows and shutters. The sauna area is renewed with a large relaxation room for our guests. Some rooms are newly furnished and the restaurant toilet is modernized.

January 2018

And again, renovations are taking place. 3 rooms are completely refurnished and get the latest version of the design floors.