April 8th – October 26th 2022, Tue to Sun/public holidays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(subject to change)

Although Empress Elisabeth was considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, neither her slim figure nor her clothes corresponded to the common ideal of beauty of the time. Sisi not only had her own ideas about her lifestyle, but also about her styling. She was the first woman to refuse appropriate clothing and developed her own personal style, which corresponded to her own ideas and extraordinary demands.

Fashion had to be at the service of the sporty empress and so she was the first monarch who needed weatherproof and robust clothing for par force hunts, mountain tours and sea voyages.

At the same time, however, she commissioned the most well-known Parisian fashion designers for her haute couture dresses. Her very special creations are fascinating to this day, all the more so because only very few of the empress’s original clothes have survived. New, historically authentic reconstructions allow for the first time a living representation of the imperial robes, from the dress that the imperial bride wore when she arrived in Vienna on the occasion of her wedding in 1854, through her Hungarian coronation dress and her riding and hiking clothes to the famous “Star Dress“, which however, according to new research, shows no stars at all…

The exhibition, curated by Katrin Unterreiner, enables an exciting look into the imperial wardrobe for the first time and offers a lively impression of Sisi’s magnificent clothes as a reflection of her personality. The models reveal some surprises and reveal, among other things, the tricks with which the figure-conscious empress, who attached great importance to her appearance throughout her life, worked. Each dress is also an example of an important station in her eventful life, they are reminiscent of imperial triumphs and private tragedies and take the visitor on a journey through time from her youth as a princess in Bavaria to the tragic assassination of the empress in Geneva in 1898.

The highlights of the exhibition include, in addition to the historical reconstructions that are being shown for the first time in Austria, numerous originals from private collections that have also never been exhibited. These include a summer dress worn by the empress, accessories such as fans and diamond stars, and last but not least, one of the most famous family-owned portraits of the young empress by Franz Schrotzberg, which can be presented to the public for the first time.


Regular Entry€ 9,00
Reduced (Pensioners, College Students)€ 7,00
Students (from age 15)€ 6,00
Groups (from 15 Persons)€ 7,00
Family Card€ 19,00
Guided tour by appointment€ 2,50

English and hungarian translations of the exhibition texts can be borrowed free of charge at the cash desk!


FREE admission to the exhibition with BURGENLAND CARD

FREE admission to the exhibition with NIEDERÖSTERREICH CARD

10% Reduction for Ö1-Clubmembers

Requests for guided tours:

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

Meeting Point: Foyer in the entrance area of ​​the castle

Price: € 2,50 p.P. from 15 persons, smaller groups charge a flat rate of € 40,00

Method of Payment: Guide fees are payable only in cash and on the spot.

Cancelation and Appointment Changes:
Booked tours can be canceled free of charge up to 3 working days before the appointment. If the cancellation is not timely, 75% of the guide costs will be charged. On the day of the booked tour, a postponement is no longer possible. In case of delay, please call us (+43 2172 8577).

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