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".
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.
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.
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.