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Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl, the palace where Franz Joseph I fell in love with Sissi

Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl, the palace where Franz Joseph I fell in love with Sissi

The marriage did not excite the empress, but she found the Villa a place of happy retirement.

It was the year 1853 when the life of Elizabeth of Bavaria (Sissi) took an unexpected turn for her. She went to the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischlfrom imperial Austria, together with her mother, Princess Ludovica, and her sister, Elena of Bavaria, to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin, the Emperor Franz Joseph. At 16 years old, getting married was not in her plans, much less becoming empress. She had lived surrounded by nature and with unprecedented freedom, without any type of court education. Her 23-year-old cousin fell in love as soon as he saw her, because the last time they were together she was still a child. Despite the efforts of her mother, Francisco José did not want to give up her, whom he considered to be exceptionally beautiful. In April of the following year they married. A conservative wedding that plunged the libertarian Sissí into deep sadness.

The facade of the Kaiservilla

Detail of the historical objects of Emperor Franz Joseph

Renowned artists were forged in this city, who retired there to create their works. before intellectual and cultural life migrated to Vienna around the year 1900. Today 14,000 people live there, maintaining the essence and appearance of when the Austrian emperors got married. With the arrival of summer, residents can enjoy what was once Sissí’s private pool, under the windows of the Imperial Villa. Cafes, restaurants, luxury hotels… And, crowning the entire development, the Kaiservilla, located at a safe distance from everything else to preserve that aura of mystery and solitude with which it was designed.

Every August 18 it continues to be celebrated the birthday of Francis Joseph I, with the Imperial High Mass in the old church of the court of Saint Nicholas and in the presence of members of the Habsburg family. At the end, all attendees sing the Kaiser Hymn, with music by Haydn, in the same way as it was done when the newlyweds left the church in 1854. The monarchy here continues to be a key point of the community, forming part of the living history of the place. Although it seems that they live anchored in the past, in a kind of living museum, it is not close to reality. The reality is that they live between the cracks of a history that protect and they make it last thanks to tradition.

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