Temporary exhibition

Erzsébet – Sisi and the Hungarians

Focal theme in the Audience Waiting Room of the Imperial Apartments
23 June 2017 – 7 January 2018

This year is the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy and the coronation of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth in Budapest. To mark the occasion, the imperial couple’s ties with Hungary will be explored in a small exhibition in the Audience Waiting Room of the Imperial Apartments in the Vienna Hofburg starting on 23 June 2017.

After coming to power in 1848, Franz Joseph had the revolution in Hungary brutally suppressed. The young emperor ruled in a neo-absolutist and authoritarian fashion, but in many regions of his multi-national empire the desire for autonomy was growing. His wife Elisabeth had great sympathy for the Magyars and lent her support to endeavours to reintroduce the old constitution. Her emotional speeches given in Hungarian and her contacts with liberal Hungarian politicians eventually led to the coronation of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth as king and queen of Hungary in June 1867. Her love of Hungary, her frequent stays at Gödöllő and the great veneration in which she was held by the Hungarian people will form the focus of this small exhibition.

Price of admission including the Silver Collection, Sisi Museum and Imperial Apartments:

€ 13.90 / € 12.90 / € 8.20

Empress Elisabeth as Queen of Hungary © SKB
The imperial family with Schloss Gödöll? in the background © SKB
Franz Joseph as crowned king of Hungary reciting the constitutional oath in Pest on 8 June 1867 © BmobV; photograph: Simon Kern

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