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Mata Hari

Dutch-born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was a welcome guest on the Orient Express. Under the stage name “Mata Hari”, which is a Malay expression for the sun, she travelled to numerous countries. With her exotic and seductive dances she was very successful and acquainted with numerous personalities from politics and society.

In 1917, a double espionage activity was her undoing and led to her execution. The exact circumstances of their activity, however, remain a mystery.

Georges Nagelmackers

The Belgian railway entrepreneur and “King of Trains” was instrumental in the development of the Orient Express. After numerous bureaucratic, economic and political obstacles, he succeeds in connecting Paris and Constantinople on tracks after decades of hard work. He placed particular emphasis on comfortable sleeping cars and high-quality dining cars. This makes travelling an attractive luxury experience.

The maiden voyage of the Orient Express then takes place in 1883. From Paris via Munich, Vienna, Budapest to Constantinople. In the following years, he built up a rail network throughout Europe, which made it possible to connect numerous metropolises.

Henri Opper de Blowitz

In 1883, the French journalist reported on the official inaugural journey of the Orient Express at the invitation of Georges Nagelmackers. Also thanks to his enthusiastic report, a great demand for the new way of luxury travel followed.

Opper de Blowitz was the first Western journalist to manage to interview the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire after the inaugural voyage at its destination in Constantinople.

Press comments

“A new hotel is being built directly in Munich’s city center at Sendlinger Tor. The special feature: the Orient Express is to be recreated there as faithfully as possible – as are the stations of Paris and Constantinople.”

“Annoying when you get on the Orient Express and can’t get a compartment. At least that’s how Agatha Christie’s famous character, detective Hercule Poirot, feels when he boards the famous train from Paris to Constantinople at the beginning of the mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express. If Poirot were not a character from the 1930s but on the road in the present day, one could call out to him: Why don’t you book yourself a room in Munich instead of the train compartment?”