Monday, 20 May 2013

Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Memorial Garden at Volksgarten Park

Elisabeth of Austria
Memorial by Hans Bitterlich

Hidden away in the northern-most corner of the Volksgarten Park -
in the Art Noveau inspired gardens by architect Friedrich Ohmann -

lies a marble terraced memorial garden
for Elisabeth of Austria, the empress who tragically died
at the hands of a vile assassin in 1898

Photographed 19 May 2013
Images and Text © by Merisi


  1. Kurwenal20 May, 2013

    One of my favourite spots in the park. Thanks for the bright yet reflective pictures : magical.

    Love the reflections in number 2.

  2. Merisi, although tragedy struck the Empress, her presence in this beautiful park surely gives many folks peace and happiness.

    Your photographs of the Steps in the prior post perfectly caught that early morning sense. The red-topped flower thief was also well captured.


  3. I really must put Vienna on my list of travel desires.
    By the way, the chocolate brownie's a few posts back look totally delicious.

  4. Love that last photo of the fountain/bowl and building in the background. Its such a great perspective.
    Have a great week Merisi.

  5. Always nice to see the "hidden."

  6. Didn't Romy Schneider play that Elizabeth?
    Do tell us more of this tragic tale...

    1. Yes, indeed, Romy played Sissi - as the empress was affectionately called - in several "fairytale" movies. Here you can watch the movie wedding to Franz Joseph ->
      Romy Schneider as Elisabeth (Sissi)

      Click for -> More about Elisabeth of Austria

    2. From the Wikipedia site linked to above:
      "Elisabeth of Austria (24 December 1837 – 10 September 1898) was the wife 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, among others."
      "Although Elisabeth had a limited (but significant) influence on Austro-Hungarian politics,[citation needed] she became an historical icon. The Empress is now thought to have been a non-conformist who abhorred conventional court protocol, as well as a free spirit, who valued an individual sense of freedom above anything else. Following the suicide of her son Rudolf, she withdrew from public life. She was murdered by an anarchist in Geneva, Switzerland in 1898. Elisabeth is the longest serving consort of Austria."


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