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Short break: on Sissi's tracks through Vienna

On Sisi's tracks through Vienna: the best tips for your short break. Do not miss: Schloss Sch nnbrunn
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Not only Sissi fans benefit from these Vienna tips

Hofburg, Augustinerkirche, Schönbrunn Palace: a very special tour for all fans of the Fairy Tale Empress, in which of course a piece of Sacher cake should not be missing

Art, culture and of course the Empress: these three attract millions of visitors every year to Vienna! The Danube metropolis and Sissi (1837-1898) are inseparable. Vienna was the glittering centerpiece in the life of the Austrian fairytale empress. Here she suffered and loved. Join us on Sissi Tour! We have the best tips for your Vienna getaway !

Make a Sissi tour in your short break in Vienna ! A good starting point is the gothic Augustinerkirche in the heart of the city, once the Hofkirche of the Habsburgs. Here, the young Elisabeth joined in 1854 on the side of Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916) in front of the altar. She was only 16 years old at the time, her husband 23. The beginning of a tragic love story .

Only a few steps away from the church rises the huge building complex of the Hofburg, the former main residence of the imperial family. Since 2004, a Sissi Museum has been housed here, showing many of Elisabeth's personal belongings, including not only beautiful clothes but also the famous file with which she was assassinated in 1898 on Lake Geneva. In addition to the Sissi Museum, you can also visit some former living quarters of the imperial couple in the Hofburg, such as the gymnasium of the sports-loving monarch. A must on your Vienna short break !

Another important place of pilgrimage for all Sissi fans is Schönbrunn Palace . The imperial summer residence, which is about 15 minutes by subway from the city center, is one of Europe's most beautiful Baroque residences, with its magnificent state rooms and picturesque parkland.

Tip: In the so-called Wagenburg, an exhibition space in a side wing of the castle, the life of the Empress is traced on the basis of her carriages - from the magnificent bodies of her childhood through the Budapest Coronation Carriage to the black hearse with which she embarked on her last journey (was buried Sissi in the Imperial Crypt under the Vienna Capuchin Church).

A sweet end to your little Sissi pilgrimage is a visit to the Hofbäckerei Demel on the Kohlmarkt. The many treats that are offered there could not resist even the empress, otherwise so intent on her figure. Incidentally, she is said to have had a particular weakness for candied violets, which she regularly had delivered to the Hofburg.

Important tips for your short break in Vienna:

Arrival Flights to Vienna offers z. B. Air Berlin. Tickets cost from 48 euros per person per way. By car you need about four to five hours from Munich. Attention: Vignette required!

Entertainment At the Raimund Theater, the musical "Elisabeth" tells the gripping life story of the legendary Empress every evening. Tickets from 29 Euro (telephone 00 43/15 88 85, www.musicalvienna.at).

Shopping Top shopping miles are the area around the cathedral and the Mariahilfer Straße.

Accommodation Z.B. the three-star hotel "Lucia":

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