Belle Époque (1890-1914)
The luxurious hotels are the palaces of the middle class. In elegant surroundings high society plays out its role, and heedless of the impending catastrophe, enjoys the end of an era.
The right etiquette
For most workers holidays are impossible, but the upper class devotes itself to leisure. They enjoy fine cuisine and splendid parties. To be suitably dressed in a resort like Meran one has to change one's attire five times a day.