The Imperial Crypt in Vienna, Austria




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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 challenging to find as there are no street signs pointing towards it. Luckily I had my google maps! It is located at Tegetthoffstraße 2, not too far from the Hofburg. Photography is allowed and there is a small entrance fee.

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Emperor Matthias and Empress Anna of Tyrol

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Anne of Tyrol

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Empress Eleonor (Gonzaga)

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Empress Maria Leopoldina (of Tyrol)

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Empress Maria Anna (of Spain)

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Empress Eleanora Magdalene (of Pfalz-Neuburg)

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Emperor Leopold I

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Maria-Elisabeth, daughter of Emperor Leopold I and Eleonora Magdalena

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Maria Anna, sister of Empress Maria Theresa

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In the front Emperor Joseph II and behind him the combined tomb of Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen.

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The tiny coffin of Christina of Saxony-Teschen

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Emperor Franz II

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Emperor Maximillian I of Mexico, Franz Joseph I’s brother

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Margarethe Karoline of Saxony

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Karl Ludwig, brother of Franz Joseph I

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Maria Annunziata of Bourbon-Sicily

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Maria Josepha Luise of Saxony

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Memorial to Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, Countess of Hohenberg who are buried at Artstetten.

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Back view of the tombs of Elisabeth, Franz Joseph and Rudolf

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Front view

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Zita of Bourbon-Parma

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Crown Prince Otto

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Regina of Saxe-Meiningen

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Empress Maria Ludovika (Louise) of France

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Henriette of Naussau-Weiburg

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The one on the bottom left is Franz Joseph’s and Elisabeth’s daughter

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Mathilde of Austria-Teschen

The Imperial Crypt was the highlight of my visit to Vienna. It’s quite amazing to be in the company of those you read about all the time.






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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.

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