[tweetbutton]The beautiful empress was already a legend all over Europe in her time.
Her private chambers in the Hofburg, today Imperial Apartments, give an interesting insight into her lifestyle.
The romantic love story with the young emperor,
her eccentric life balanced between athletic and intellectually poetic par force tours, her beauty cult including her fanatic diet program of famishment and her continual desire to travel and the love affairs attributed to her – all this was followed by massive media attention.
The care of Elisabeth’s hair – three hours a day
We can get an impression of Empress Elisabeth’s taste in interior decorating in her living room and bedroom. Most important to her personally though were her dressing and exercise room.
Empress Elisabeth was fanatic about her looks:
The care of her hair alone took three hours every day. She used this time to learn languages on the side and thus came to master English, French, Hungarian and Modern Greek.
Next to her dressing room was her bathroom: For the staff the first bath tub in the Hofburg was seen as a further sign of her particular eccentricity.
She had the floor of the bathroom laid out with the latest fashion from England: linoleum.
Empress Elisabeth Sissi: Born in Munich, married in Vienna and murdered in Geneva
Elisabeth tried as often as possible to escape her Viennese dungeon by going on long journeys. Her last trip was the most tragic of all.
In autumn 1898 the meanwhile 60-year-old Empress travelled, in company with one
of her hungarian court ladies, to the Lake Geneva..
On her way from the hotel to the ship, she was attacked by an Italian anarchist Luigi Luccheni.
Initially Elisabeth didn’t notice, that she was wounded deadly. She sank to the floor and assumed: “Maybe he wanted my watch?”
But the stab into her heart with the file, that was sharpend by the assassin himself, was deadly.
Shortly after, Empress Elisabeth died in the hotel on the 10th of September in 1898. A few days later she was tombed in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna next to her son Rudolf.
On the 24th of December thousand fans of Elisabeth celebrate her birthday worldwide.
Empress Elisabeth – Sissi was born on the 24th of December in Munich.
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From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.
But there are many other castles in Vienna that are as interesting as the Hofburg itself. With this guide you can explore all this beautiful castles in two or three days.
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The guidebook Vienna Imperial Walk 2013 – Castles and Gardens in the Middle of the City is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles and gardens unique for its historical importance and glance.
One of specialities of this book are Extra Walks for Special Interests. If you have special interests about Empress Elisabeth – Sisi, you can spent a day or more followed the path of that famous Empress through Vienna.
In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.
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