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Following Sisi's Footsteps
This walking tour takes in the most beautiful parts of the city centre, including St. Stephan's Cathedral, the 'Graben' and the Hofburg - winter residence of the Habsburg family.
After the tour, you will have the chance to visit a training session at the Spanish Riding School (entry fee EUR10 paid direct). The tour ends after visiting the Imperial Apartments.
Elisabeth “Sisi” von WittelsbachEmpress Consort of Austria and Queen of Hungary.
Born in Munich, Bavaria. Elisabeth accompanied her mother and her 18-year-old sister, Helene, on a trip to the resort of Bad Ischl, Upper Austria , where they hoped Helene would attract the attention of their cousin, 23-year-old Franz Joseph, then Emperor of Austria.
Instead, Franz Joseph chose Elisabeth, and the couple were married in Vienna at St. Augustine’s Church on April 24, 1854. Elisabeth later wrote that she regretted accepting his proposal for the rest of her life. Elisabeth had difficulty adapting to the strict etiquette practiced at the Habsburg court. Nevertheless she bore the Emperor three children in quick succession: Archduchess Sophie of Austria (1855–1857), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856–1932), and the hoped-for crown prince, Rudolf (1858–1889).
In 1860 she left Vienna after contracting a lung-disease which was presumably psychosomatic. She spent the winter in Madeira and only returned to Vienna after having visited the Ionian Islands. Soon after that she fell ill again and returned to Corfu.
After that Elisabeth began to use her beauty to gain influence on her husband. She achieved her only political goal whereby in 1867 she and Franz Joseph were crowned King and Queen of Hungary, and ten months later, another child Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (1868–1924) followed.
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