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Imperial Burial Sites - Last Resting Places of a DynastyThis Tour is suitable as a walking TourThis Tour is ideal for school partiesThis is a barrier free Tour
Habsburgs Fascination with Death

This illustrated walk starts with a short tour of St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), the last resting place of some of the early Habsburgs. We visit the cenotaph of Rudolph IV, the Founder, one of the most energetic and active rulers of Austria in the late Middle Ages, a young man with the air of a king. In the South Choir stands the majestic marble tomb of Emperor Frederic III, the first Habsburg to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor, one of the finest ever to be sculpted. From 1633 onwards, the Habsburgs have been laid to rest in the crypt of the Church of the Capuchins (Kaisergruft or Kapuzinergruft) making it into one of the most impressive imperial-royal resting places world-wide. Emperor Maximilian of Mexico lies entombed next to Napoleon's second wife Marie-Louise and Emperor Franz Josepf next to his eternally popular wife Elizabeth ('Sisi) and his unhappy son Rudolph of Mayerling notoriety, not to forget the gigantic double sarcophagus of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband. The tour finishes at the Church of St. Augustine, home to the Habsburg Crypt of the Hearts.

Meeting Point:By arrangement, ideally Main Entrance to St. Stephen's Cathedral (U1/U3 Station Stephansplatz
Info:Visit of Crypt of the Hearts subject to opening times.


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