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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

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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

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Everywhere she lived Sisi had a gymnasium installed. Here we see her fitness studio in the Hofburg in Vienna - but unfortunately without the Empress.

Levander dress from Sisi

The dark mourning color and high enclosing neckline suggest Sisi wore this late in her life.

Mantle from Sissi Museum web site | Grand Ladies | gogm

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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

#Gisela Louise Marie of Austria

Rudolf of Austria

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

Empress Elisabeth of Austria aka: Sissi ( spouse of Franz Joseph I, and therefore both Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. She also held the titles of Queen of Bohemia and Croatia)

Sissi's saddle

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Sissi's favorite candy, Demel candied violets :-)

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Deep red with lace sleeves The Sisi Museum dates this resort dress to the 1880s, .

Dress worn by Empress Elisabeth of Austria (aka “Sisi”), ca 1880, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Baroque period porcelain tea service- Sisi Museum, Vienna. Don't drop it !

Resort dress worn by Empress Elisabeth of Austria, ca 1890’s Austria, the Sisi Museum--side view

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.