Elisabeth of Austria – Playing matchmaker

This article was written by Franziska. A problematic marriage The marriage of Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth of Austria began under the most unusual circumstances: the young emperor was supposed to marry Princess Helene of Bavaria – Elisabeth’s older sister. What happened instead is well known to fans of Elisabeth and the Habsburgers worldwide. The [read more]

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]


The Augustinian Church in Vienna, Austria

The Augustinian Church (or Augustinerkirche) is located on the side of the Hofburg (Augustinerstraße 3) and it seems rather insignificant and small. However, this church was the private church for the members of the Habsburg family for many years. It was founded in 1327 by Duke Frederick the Handsome. It was the sight of the weddings between the [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]