About the Kolping idea

The origin and history of the Kolping Society in Salzburg

The new Eco-Suite Hotel in Salzburg-Itzling supplements the existing Kolpinghaus. In addition to responsibility for the environment, social awareness has been at the heart of the Kolping story ever since the start. The globally networked Kolping Society has set itself the task of bringing people together in educational groups and action groups in which they feel part of a family and gain the confidence to take responsibility for themselves and their environment.

Adolph Kolping, the founding father

As the child of a shepherd in Kerpen near Cologne, Adolph Kolping (1813-1865) grew up in modest circumstances. He learned the trade of shoemaker, and during his apprenticeship, saw that most journeymen lived under conditions which were inhumane. Kolping decided to attend grammar school and to become a priest. At 31 years of age he was ordained as a priest at the Minorite Church in Cologne. As a young chaplain he was convened to Wuppertal, where he got to know the Society of Journeymen, then managed by Johann Gregor Breuer. After becoming the Deputy Director of the Society, Kolping set himself the goal of taking the idea from the city of Cologne to the wider world. In 1849, the Cologne Society of Journeymen was established, and other societies were soon created in other towns and cities according to its example. By Kolping's death, more than 400 Societies of Journeymen had been established in Germany and beyond its borders. These associations provided young journeymen who found themselves far away from home with social support, company and religious guidance.

In addition to his services to education, Adolph Kolping was also an enthusiastic publicist. Realising that Catholic interests and positions were under-represented in the newspapers and magazines, he was the first to use the media as an instrument of pastoral care. His leading publications included the Catholic Almanac (Volkskalender) from 1849 onwards with an annual print run of approximately 14,000 copies and the "Rheinischen Volksblätter" which was sent to around 30,000 readers per week.

The Salzburg Kolpinghaus

Breakfast room
Breakfast room

The first journeymen's house in Salzburg opened at the Salzburg Bruderhof. The year 1892 saw the construction of the new building in the Franz-Josef-Straße, in which, over the years, many thousands of young craftsmen found a new home. After the second world war, the former journeymen's home became a Kolpinghaus. In 1997 it was finally possible for the foundation stone for the new City Hostel Kolpinghaus in Salzburg-Itzling to be laid, which then opened in 1998. In 2016, the 3-star Eco-Suite Hotel is supporting another step forwards in the development of the work of the Kolping family in central Salzburg.

Kolping international – the Kolping society

From small beginnings, Kolping has developed into a globally networked federation. Starting in the late 1960s a new course was set at a meeting in Salzburg, and Kolping opened itself to the world. Kolping families now exist in 61 countries on all continents of the world, with around 450,000 members.

The Eco-Suite Hotel is proud to offer itself as an attractive and environmentally friendly place to stay in Salzburg at 3 star quality for families as well as for single travellers, business travellers, tourists and anyone who feels affinity with the Kolping idea. Spacious suite rooms sized 26 m² await you in the new hotel, which looks forward to receiving your non-binding enquiry at any time.