Sisi Museum & Imperial Apartment
In the »Sisi-Museum« numerous personal items that once belonged to Elisabeth are used to help illustrate the true personality of the frequently misunderstood Empress. In the »Imperial Apartments« you can visit the rooms in which Franz Joseph and Elisabeth resided during the winter months.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria is the most popular member of the royal-imperial family at all. More ignored than critizised during her lifetime, the spreading of her myth started right after her tragic death in 1898. Her mourning spouse Franz Joseph contributed his share by making an unusual farewell-present to all of his guests: a small porcelain statuette of his beloved wife.
Sisis beauty and slimness craze, her tendency towards independence, her disinclination towards life at court, her obvious unhappy marriage and her permanent absence due to her long private journeys were sides of the Austrian Empress at which people did not look kindly.
So they started painting a picture of her, which corresponded only partially with her actual personality. It was the movies that finally made the figure of »Sissi« known and admired all over the world, in particular the trilogy of films starring the young Romy Schneider in the 1950s. They created the image – still powerful today – of the young, sweet, unaffected empress, who captured everybody‘s heart by storm.
Duration: ca. 2 hours.
Admission fee not included.