People: Empress Elizabeth "Sissi" of Austria
The Hermes Villa is a castle in the Lainz Park, a formerly fenced hunting area in Vienna. The name of the villa refers to a Hermes statue made of white marble, which is located in the garden. Emperor Franz Joseph I gave it to the Empress Elisabeth as "Castle of Dreams".
Hermesvilla in Wien
Sisi's bathroom in de Hofburg in Vienna. Here she began every day with a cold bath at about five or six in the morning. She also favoured baths of warm olive oil, to keep her skin soft.
The fourth and favorite child of the legendary Empress Elisabeth, Archduchess Marie-Valerie of Austria
Lost in the Myths of History: Sisi and Valerie
Elisabeth,Empress of Austria-Hungary,in a rare photo in later years.Exceptionally,she wears her hair in a bun and not the magnificent tresses of the early portraits. With her is Ida Ferenczy, lady-in-waiting. 1891,seven years before the Empress was assassinated in Geneva.
1867 Sisi in famous pose with her dog 'Shadow' by Emil Rabending
Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (22 April 1868 - 6 September 1924) was the fourth and last child of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria and Elisabeth of Bavaria ("Sisi"). Her given name was Marie Valerie Mathilde Amalie, but she was usually called Valerie.
Empress Elizabeth of Austria (Sissi) 1867
Dress worn by Empress Elisabeth of Austria (aka “Sisi”), ca 1880, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Resort dress worn by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, ca 1890’s Austria, the Sisi Museum--side view
Court train of the wedding dress of the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, 1854. © Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
29-10-11 Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898) Schrotzberg Franz (1811-1889), ca.1855 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Art Gallery.
In 1863, when London Banker William Currie started building it, the Beau Rivage had only seventy rooms and, as its historian noted, only eleven windows on the front which overlooked the lake - this is the hotel where Empress Elisabeth of Austria died. She was killed outside of the hotel, while she stayed there. The last journey of Empress Elisabeth of Austria started in Geneva.