The Jacob family’s wine restaurant with its superb location on the Elbe quickly becomes popular way beyond Nienstedten.

Jacob is owned by the family for more than four generations. At the end of the 18th century, Louis Carl Jacob, the founder’s grandson, converts the restaurant into a highly-regarded hotel. Prestigious guests from the world of politics, nobility and society constantly go in and out. It isn‘t until 1922 that the successful era of the family-run business draws to a close with the death of Louis Heinrich Jacob.

Initially, the following tenants continue in the spirit of the Jacob family. In the 1950s, international stars like Maria Callas, Zarah Leander and Hans Albers sign their names in the historic hotel’s visitors’ book. It wasn’t until a decade later, after many changes of ownership, that the hotel’s star gradually begins to fade. Its fortunes reach rock bottom in 1970 when the whole of the restaurant’s inventory is put up for auction.