Dating back to 1632, Kapuzinerkirche, the Capuchin Church, is not a particularly big nor a particularly beautiful church. Its main interest lies in the fact that its crypt holds the bodies of over 100 members of the Habsburg family. The first burial at the Kaisergruft (Imperial crypt) took place in 1633. Each bronze or copper sarcophagus contitutes a remarkable piece of art. The most popular tomb in the crypt is without a doubt that of Empress Elizabeth (Sissi) - it's easy to spot since it's usually covered with flowers. The body of Empress Zita, the last reigning member of the Habsburgs, was placed in the crypt in 1989, but the Kaisergruft remains active to this day day since it remains the official resting place for descendents of the Habsburg family. The bodies of Archduke Otto and his wife Archduchess Regina were laid to rest in July 2011; it's the last entombment to have taken place at the time of writing this tip.
Centrally located in downtown Vienna you can visit the Kaisergruft (Emperors Crypt). Here is the burial site of the Habsburger Family.
You will find the grave of the famous Sissi and plenty of members of this dynastie. With surprise I found two graves of people from Weilburg-Nassau, a town where my parents grew up and which I of course visit very often. (see my page about Weilburg)
daily 10.00 to 18.00,
1. and 2. November closed
Adults EUR 5,00 ; Families EUR 11,00
Retired, Students, Groups EUR 4,00
Pupil up to 14 years EUR 2,00
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The Habsburgs ruled the empire for centuries. The Emperors, archdukes and their families lay in state in this publicly accessible crypt. Marvel at the unbelievably ornate sarcophagi, and contrast with the spartan burial vault of Franz Joseph. If you're in Vienna in midsummer, this cool, dark, spooky place is a welcome respite from the continental sun.
Ok, anyone who is keen on tombs (yes, I believe there actually are people who go on trips just for this!), here's one for you... all 144 tombs of members of the Hapsburg Empire.
Built in 1633, 12 emperors & 15 empresses rest here. Some of the famous ones are: Leopold I, Joseph I, Charles VI, Maria Theresa & Francis I, Francis II, Maria Luisa & Francis Joseph.
It was said that Maria Theresa spent a great deal of time, mostly nights, alone next to her husband's sarcophagus. Such was the intensity of her love for her husband. Consider spending nights among the many sarcophagus in the Imperial Crypt... the magnitude of her grief must have been great!
The Kaisergruft is under the Capuchin Church.