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Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

1. Vienna: Empress Sisi Walking Tour & Imperial Apartments

Hear about the life of Empress Elisabeth (commonly known as Sisi), of Austria-Hungary on a guided walking tour of Vienna. Meet your guide at the Albertina and make your way straight to the Hofburg, where you will explore the former Imperial Apartments. Discover more about the daily life of the Empress. Then, visit the Augustinian Church where the Bavarian princess married Emperor Franz Josef in 1854. Afterwards, pay a visit to her favourite confectioner, her favourite jeweller, as well as other shops where Sisi liked to indulge in some retail therapy. Hear anecdotes and curiosities about the life of the famous empress and be amazed by her complex character and personality. Finally, have the option of booking an additional visit to the Imperial Crypt. Located beneath the Capuchin Church, see Sisi's final resting place as well as the burial sites of other famous figures of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Vienna: Capuchins Crypt Entrance Ticket

2. Vienna: Capuchins Crypt Entrance Ticket

Discover the Capuchins’s Crypt, also known as Imperial Crypt, in the city center of Vienna, just below the humble church and monastery of the Order of the Capuchin Friars. See where the mortal remains of the Hapsburg emperors, empresses, and family members are laid to rest. Visit the extraordinary vault system still under the custody of the Capuchin Order, and discover the history of the famous Habsburgs family. Multiple extensions and modifications were made in a time span of over four centuries, that extended the crypt. Today, the system consists of a total of ten vaults, which now host the sarcophagi, urns, and funerary monuments of the Habsburgs. Learn also about the designers and creators of the crypt’s rooms. All rooms evoke the dynasty's imperial power and grandeur. To this day, the mortal remains of 150 Habsburg personalities, such as Maria Theresia, Franz Joseph, his beloved wife Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, and their son Rudolph, rest in the Imperial Crypt.

Vienna: Imperial Crypt Guided Tour in German

3. Vienna: Imperial Crypt Guided Tour in German

Enjoy a guided tour in German beneath the streets of Vienna delving into the Imperial Crypt. Step carefully through rooms with beautifully designed architecture and study sarcophagi made of pewter and copper. Listen to your guide's commentary concerning the residents of this tomb. Make your way to the lobby of the Imperial Crypt and find your guide and group waiting there. Leave the city streets behind as you enter the tomb and wind through the magnificent passages. Follow your guide through cavernous rooms with fine architecture and learn about the stories behind the ornately-crafted stone statues. Stare into the faces of history and come face to face with the rulers of Vienna's past.

Vienna: Private Walking Tour

4. Vienna: Private Walking Tour

Choose a tour of Vienna with a duration of 1 to 4 hours and learn more about its history, architecture, culture, and people. Get to know Vienna from a different perspective and stroll through the narrow streets and magnificent boulevards to famous buildings and monuments with your certified tour guide. You can decide which of Vienna's highlights you want to see. For example, you can visit Michaelerplatz with its Roman and medieval excavations and see the interior of St. Michael’s Church. Admire the treasures of the Hofburg Palace and listen to true stories about Empress Sisi. Stroll across Heldenplatz and hear stories about the Austrian heroes. Listen to stories about Josef II at Josefsplatz and learn more about the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, the Augustinian Church, and the Habsburgs. Walk past the Albertina, home to the largest graphic collection in the world, and see the Monument Against War and Fascism. Find out why the architect of the State Opera committed suicide, where Sachertorte was invented, and which building previously stood on the grounds of Hotel Sacher. At Neuer Markt you can discover the strange Imperial Crypt burial rituals of the Habsburgs and learn where Mozart died. Hear about the importance of the house at Franziskanerplatz and explore Blutgasse to experience how the people of Vienna used to live and how they live today. Listen to the legends of St. Stephan, visit Figlmüller with the famous Wiener Schnitzel, and explore the old university district. Admire the magnificent Baroque church of the Jesuits, discover the city walks, and explore the Greek quarter. Discover Vienna’s oldest church, St. Rupert's Church, and immerse yourself in the eventful history of the Romans and Jews in Vienna. Hear anecdotes about King Richard the Lionheart as you walk past the beautiful Baroque Pestsäule on the Graben before reaching Kohlmarkt with the Demel pastry shop. You can then enjoy a stroll back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Imperial Crypt

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,640 reviews

Well organized meeting point, very good acoustics via headphones, great, friendly guide and very interesting tour. Very tiring but also very beautiful.

Was an interesting tour. Glasses wearers are best advised to use in-ear headphones, as the specified ones will hurt after a certain amount of time.

The visit is very interesting. You can see the tombs where the Habsburgs were buried. An audio guide or pdf in Spanish would be interesting.

My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Many interesting details were told. We recommend the tour.

A highly recommended tour, the right choice for a great Vienna experience.