The Rothschild family visits Hohe Warte
Historical reunion in Döbling: the family of our founding father Nathaniel Rothschild came for a visit at the Hohe Warte today. Led by Geoffrey Hoguet, the direct descendant of Nathaniel's Rothschild dynasty, and accompanied by Danielle Spera, the director of the Jewish Museum, the members of the blue and yellow founding family, most of whom flew in to Vienna from London and New York, got to know the historic site of Austria's oldest football club for the first time. The family delegation was welcomed and received by Viennas Sporting Director Markus Katzer and Managing Director Thomas Loy.
“Because of the background in our history, it is very special to be back in touch with the Rothschild family," said Katzer. "It makes us grateful and proud," Loy added.
In fact, First Vienna would not exist without the Rothschilds.
Nathaniel Mayer Anselm Freiherr von Rothschild took on the game-changing role of the founding on 22 August 1894. The banker heir, collector, philanthropist and travel writer provided financial start-up aid.
Nathaniel was the owner of the Rothschild Gardens, an imposing park and garden complex on the Hohe Warte hill. Rothschild brought in British specialists to manage his unique garden complex in the 19th district. Together with the sons of local gardeners, the British chased a ball on the main lawn. This was the origin of the genesis of Austrian football. Shortly after that, the First Vienna Football Club was founded in 1894.
In gratitude and recognition, Vienna adopted the blue and yellow colours of the House of Rothschild.