We have arranged special sightseeing tours of Vienna for admirers of Sisi, the Empress Elisabeth. All tours start from the hotel with the unbeatable location in the heart of Vienna. Thanks to its central position, all of the major sights are within comfortable walking distance of the hotel or quickly reached by public transport.
The Sisi Tour of central Vienna starts from the Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth. Conveniently situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is an ideal base for all activities and sightseeing tours in the old quarter of Vienna. From here, it’s a short walk to the Capuchin Crypt, followed by the Augustinian Church and the Hofburg.
At the Hofburg, it is possible to visit the Imperial apartments, the Imperial silver collection and the Sisi Museum. On the way back to the hotel, we will call in at the Cafe Demel, once a purveyor to the Imperial and royal court. For full details of the stops on the tour, opening times and contact information, please refer to the leaflet ‘Sisi in Central Vienna’.
Schönbrunn Palace and its baroque grounds were built and remodelled during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa from 1743; the site was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1996.
The palace was used as a summer residence by the Habsburgs, who generally resided at the Hofburg in winter. Tours of the palace start in the west wing, which housed the living quarters of the royal couple Franz Joseph and Sisi. The rooms are presented in such a way as to provide the truest possible reflection of the Empress Elisabeth.
The castle grounds also offer much worth seeing, including the gloriette, maze, palm house, orangery and, of course, the zoo.
Discovering all the sights of Schönbrunn and finding out everything worth knowing about Empress Elisabeth and Schönbrunn would take some considerable time. Our Sisi Tour of Schönbrunn therefore takes in the most important points.
From now on till the start of 2015. The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Numerous Viennese institutions will host exhibitions on different perspectives to remind the devastating consequences of the War and the years 1914 to 1918. (Current: Wienbibliothek at City Hall, Vienna City and Country Archieve, Orangery, MUSA, Jewisch Museum Vienna, Austrian National Library; All exhibitions: www.vienna.info)