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Address: Lainzer Tiergarten, Vienna 1130, Austria
Phone Number: 43 1 804 13 24
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Situated in an idyllic setting in the middle of the former imperial hunting...

Situated in an idyllic setting in the middle of the former imperial hunting grounds, now Lainzer Tiergarten, is the "Palace of Dreams", as Empress Elisabeth once called her villa. Emperor Francis Joseph gave it to her in the hope of persuading his wife – a keen traveller – to spend more time in Vienna.It took over five years for the famous Ringstrasse architect Carl von Hasenauer to build the villa, a model for many romantic country houses devised for the haute bourgeoisie. The villa took its name from the statue of "Hermes as Guardian" standing in the garden.What was domestic life like for an emperor and empress?This can be seen in an impressive exhibition on the history of the house arranged on the first floor - photographs, plans and documents, above all the still existent parts of the original furnishings, and many personal items belonging to the emperor and empress convey the imperial lifestyle away from official court etiquette. The empress’s bedroom is equally sensational. The huge royal bed is from the time of Maria Theresa, the murals depict motifs from Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" after designs by Hans Makart.Renowned historicist artists, among them Franz Matsch, Hugo Charlemont, Georg and Gustav Klimt, designed the interior of the imperial private apartment. Sisi was very body-conscious and performed her physical exercises in the gym, similarly furnished in bright colours.On the top floor, visitors will find highlights of the Wien Museum’s internationally famous fashion collection, one of the most comprehensive throughout Europe!The Hermesvilla is also popular as a venue for notable special exhibitions on topics of cultural history. No other place in Vienna can offer such a combination of art, culture and the enjoyment of nature!

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Lovely small palace

A must for every Sisi-fan to see what the palace of her dreams looked like. There was a few items of furniture and some paintings but the walls and ceilings were the most awesome... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A must for every Sisi-fan to see what the palace of her dreams looked like. There was a few items of furniture and some paintings but the walls and ceilings were the most awesome parts. Me and my friend were the only guests at the time so it was very quiet and relaxing. The palace is under renovation so it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Have just spent the morning walking around the lanza tier garten & finally around the hermes villa which was built in 1887 by emperor Franz joseph for his wife empress elizerbeth of Austria(sisi) The surounding area takes in the vienna woods & is a beautyful piece of country side in the middle of vienna & is very popular with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

As the museum of Hermesvilla is in the Lainzer Tiergarten, a very nice park at the border of Vienna, one can combine culture with a wonderful walk through the woods. If you are interested in Sisi you should not miss Hermesvilla: it is a really beautiful small palace. They also have well done special exhibitions there. The only disadvantage of... More 

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