The „Sisi Route –
discover the life of Empress Elisabeth…
From Bad Ischl you drive via Linz, the Wachau region and St. Pölten to Vienna – approx. 310 km.
The stage of life in the city Vienna was the pompous center in the life of Empress Elisabeth.
Numerous sights have to be visited via a stay in Vienna:
Castle Schönbrunn – Sissi spent her first time after the marriage with Emperor Franz Joseph in the
imperial summer residence. Visit the zoological garden of Schönbrunn – the oldest zoo of the world is also a part of the world culture heritage.
Elisabeth and Franz Joseph have moved in 1857 in the Kaiserappartments – the apartments of the Emperor and the Empress – they are still preserved in the original condition.
There is also a Sisi Museum in the Hofburg – roughly 250 original objects show the visitors the life of the “Empress of hearts” from all facets of her life.
The Hofmobiliendepot is a furniture museum which housed numerous furniture of the Habsburgs which have not been required any more. It was incorporated in 1747 of Empress Maria Theresia.
Today it pertained to the biggest museums of cultivation of home décor.
Also furniture and set designs from the Sissi films with Romy Schneider are presented there.
The Wagenburg in the castle park of Schönbrunn impressed with the housing of the pompous state coaches of the K.u.K monarchy.
Also the imperial cart belongs to this prominent collection, which was probably built for the
coronation of Joseph II in 1764 and from this moment forth used for different Emperor’s and
King’s coronation of the Habsburgs.
The life’s journey of Empress Sisi is very impressive comprehensible at the Wagenburg – from the marching cart as bride pending to Budapest’s
coronation carriage, the Genécvé travelling cart and her hearse. Also robes of the Empress, her
saddle and pictures of her horses are shown.
3 x Overnight stays in Vienna in **** hotel with breakfast buffet
1 x glacéd violet petals (favorite sweet of the Empress)
1 x bottle of red wine
1 x Sisi violet soap
1 x coffee snack in Café Sacher – piece of Sacher cake with cream and a hot beverage
1 x Sisi Ticket (entrance in the Kaiserappartments, silver chamber, Sisi
museum and castle Schönbrunn)
1 x voucher worth € 20,– valid in the SISI VIENNA Shop (fashion for women)
1 x 4-course candle light dinner in restaurant
1 x visit of the Karmel Mayerling
1 x Vienna Card – valid for 72 hours
The „Sisi Route“ –
on the path of Empress Elisabeth
from Munich to Bad Ischl
Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary was born on the 24 of December in 1837 in Herzog-Max-Palais in Munich. She was the second eldest daughter of Duke Maximilian and Duchess Ludovica. After the marriage on 24 of April in 1854 with Emperor Franz Joseph I she moved to Vienna. Follow her on the path of her life from Bavaria to Austria!
Individual Arrival at Munich – Füssen / about 111 km
Visit today: Munich, castle Possenhofen (summer residence of the imperial family – cannot be visited inside) and the Sissi Museum (entrance is extra to pay on spot about € 4,–) at lake Starnbergersee shows exhibits of the life of the Empress – from her adolescence to her death in Geneva. Drive further to Füssen and visit the castle Neuschwanstein (castle of King
Ludwig II – he married Duchess Sophie Charlotte, the younger sister of Empress Elisabeth).
Overnight at Füssen in Hohenschwangau in **** Villa Jägerhaus
Füssen – Bad Aibling (about 138 km) / Chiemsee / about 172 km
Visit today: drive to lake Chiemsee – boat trip from Prien to the island Herreninsel and back after the visit of castle Herrenchiemsee (the residence of King Ludwig II, the entrance to paid on spot, about € 8,–) to Prien.
Overnight in Bad Aibling in hotel **** Romantikhotel Lindners..
Chiemsee – Salzburg – lake Fuschlsee / about 104 km
With the included Salzburger Card you get a lot of free entrances and reductions on entrances in
museums, sights and so on, for example free entrance in castle Hellbrunn, fortress Hohensalzburg,
house of nature.
Overnight at lake Fuschlsee in ***** castle Fuschl – where the “Sissi” films with Romy Schneider were shot.
Fuschl – Bad Ischl / about 30 km / Hallstatt + 20 km
Visit today: The Kaiservilla (summer residence of the Empress and the Emperor and original scene of
the “Sissi” films with Romy Schneider), the Photomuseum/ Marmorschlössl (collection of historical
photos, teahouse for Sissi) and the museum of the city (where Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress
Sisi celebrated their engagement). Enjoy a coffee and cake at café Zauner (Imperial and Royal
Purveyor to the Court) and visit lake Hallstättersee and Hallstatt (Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz
Joseph spent their engagement holiday there, UNESCO world heritage region)
Overnight in Bad Ischl in Hotel **** Hotel Goldenes Schiff.
4 x Overnight stays with breakfast buffet in the TOP 4* Hotels along the Sisi Route
1 x entrance in castle Neuschwanstein
1 x boat trip on lake Chiemsee to Herreninsel and back
1 x Salzburg Card valid for 24h (=concession card)
1 x entrance and guided tour at the Kaiservilla Bad Ischl
1 x coffee Melange and a piece of Kaisercake at famous café Zauner
1 x visit of the museum of the town in Bad Ischl
PACKAGE RATE STARTING FROM: EUR 880,00 per person
EXTRA PACKAGES FOR THE SISI TOUR
From Bad Ischl you drive via the Wachau region to Vienna, past Bratislava and further to Budapest – about 520 km.
8th of June in 1867 – Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph have been crowned in the Matthias church to Queen and King of Hungary – after the compromise between Austria and Hungary.
This was the reason for the Hungarians to present the Queen and the King castle Gödöllö.
This gesture shows the enormous popularity of the royal couple.
Castle Gödöllö (also called the “Hungarian Versailles”) has often been the sanctuary of the Queen Elisabeth.
In the nearby situated Elisabeth park there is a memorial of Elisabeth and a memorial plaque shows her favorite place.
Just 5 kilometers away from castle Gödöllö, the Lázár horse riding parc in Domonyvölgy with riding- and dressage demonstration is situated, which reminiscent of the enthusiasm of the Empress and Queen for the equestrian sport.
A trip to Herend, in the eldest porcelain factory (also the biggest in the world!) shows the noble porcelain pieces – which were also a great favorite of Emperor and King Franz Joseph.
Enjoy your stay in Budapest, surrounded by numerous associations to the kingdom and fascinated by the loyalty and worship of the Hungarians to their Queen.
3 x overnight stays in Budapest in the booked category with breakfast buffet
1 x traditional dinner in a restaurant in Budapest composed of a 3 course dinner with
wine and Hungarian folk musicians
1 x entrance and guided tour in castle Gödöllö
1 x guided city tour in Budapest
… in Merano
Coming from Upper Austria, travel to the Italian sector of Sissi Road is possible either by the Jaufenpass (=former travel route of Empress Sisi to Italy) or Brenner. You drive from Bad Ischl via the Jaufenpass to Merano about 350 km.
Merano in South Tyrol has been the residence of the Empress in 1870 and in 1889 – through the winter season. Also her both daughters have been with her in Merano.
The bland climate has improved the health of her daughter Valerie very rapid and so Merano became immediately a famous spa town.
Elisabeth made lots of strolls through her stay, and nowadays you can walk along the Sissi Path.
The Sissi Path leads you from the castle Trauttmansdorff to the Kaiserin-Elisabeth-Park and the marble Sissi statue in Merano.
She has spend 14 days in castle Trauttmansdorff – today it’s a tourist magnet and shows the gorgeous gardens the whole world.
In 2005 the gardens have been elected the “most beautiful garden” of Italy.
The second visit of the Empress in Meran was not so pleasant. After the suicide of her only son Franz Ferdinand in Mayerling in the Vienna Woods, the Empress withdrew to the castle Trauttmansdorff
3 x overnights in Merano in **** Hotel Castello castle Labers or in ****s Hotel Castel
Rundegg with breakfast buffet
1 x 4-course Candle Light Dinner in **** Castello castle Labers
1 x entrance in the gardens of castle Trauttmansdorff
1 x Information about Merano
1 x map of the Sissi Path in Merano
… in Geneva
Geneva was the last station of Sissi’s life in 1898. After a stay in the
Kaiservilla in Ischl, she arrived in Territet near Montreux on Lake Geneva
on August 30.
Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman) is the second largest inland lake in surface area in Europe after Lake Balaton and even the largest in volume, the main part of the southern bank belongs to France.
Steamboats have been sailing on Lake Geneva since 1823, paddle steamers since 1875.
The Empress was aboard one of these ships on September 9, traveling from Montreux to Geneva, the city on the south end of the lake.
She was invited to lunch by Baroness Rothschild.
Empress Elisabeth spent the night in Hotel Beau-Rivage, and from here she departed in the early afternoon of September 10 together with her lady-in-waiting Irma Sztáray to reach the liner “Genève” (which can still be seen in Geneva) for her return to Montreux.
Only a few steps from the ship, Sissi was stabbed with a sharp file by the Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni.
Elisabeth, 61 years old, was transported to Hotel Beau-Rivage on an improvised stretcher and here she died at 2:40 pm after an hour of agony.
Following sights remind at the Empress Elisabeth:
The small bronze plaque on the railing of the lakefront between Pont du Mont-Blanc (the Mont Blanc Bridge) and the crossover to Rue des Alpes, a statue of Sisi in Rotonde du Mont-Blanc, some of Elisabeth’s personal items and reminders of her day of death in a suite in hotel Beau-Rivage, a colorful church window in the Notre-Dame Basilica.
3 x overnights in Geneva in a 3* / 4* / 5* hotel with breakfast buffet
1 x 5-course dinner in restaurant Vertig ́O in Geneva
(1 Michelin star, 16/20 Gault Millau points)
1 x guided city tour in Geneva