The Hermesvilla

When it comes the magnificent buildings of the royalty, Vienna boasts of plenty of these. From palaces to opera houses and museums, the Austrian capital has so much to offer its visitors. 

One must-visit building of the royalty is the Hermesvilla. Situated in the Lainzer Tiergarten, this palace was a gift to Empress Sisi by her husband Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1886 in the hope to persuade his wife to spend more time in Vienna. The villa, a former hunting area for the Habsburg nobility, showcases the late Romantic architecture. 

The former Emperor referred to the building as the “castle or palace of dreams.” It was named after the statue of “Hermes as Guardian” standing in the garden. 

This villa took five years to complete by famous architect Carl von Hasenauer. Its interior was designed by well known historicist artists such as Franz Matsch, Hugo Charlemont, Georg and Gustav Klimt. In winter 2014, the Hermesvilla was closed for renovation purposes. It was reopened to the public in March 2014. 

On the first floor, the villa now presents an exhibition featuring photographs, plans and documents as well as the original furnishings and personal items of the late emperor and empress. The Empress’s bedroom features a huge royal bed from the time of Maria Theresa with murals that depict the motifs from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” of Shakespeare. 



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