Eleonora Gonzaga

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace began its life as a hunting ground for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Eleanora Gonzaga loved hunting there and spent much time at the palace. It was bequeathed to her as her widow’s residence. The present form of the palace took shape in during the 1740s and 1750s during the reign of Empress [read more]

Anna of Tyrol

The Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria

The Imperial Crypt (or Kaisergruft) in Vienna is certainly one of Vienna’s hidden treasures. It was founded in 1618 and has been the principal place of burial for members of the House of Habsburgs. It contains the bones of 145 people, plus four urns containing hearts or cremated remains. Not all are visible. It’s quite [read more]