Kaisergruft - Imperial Crypt Vienna Reviews
Cool and Morbid, just how I like it Nov 03, 2014
The Kaisergruft Imperial Crypt is a burial chamber full of caskets and cool medieval looking ornaments.
The place is small and the visit will take you less than 30 minutes but its a cool place to visit nonetheless and great for photos. Incidentally, they say your not allowed to take photo's inside but unless someone is there to stop you then go for it! I don't think your harming the dead by taking photos of their coffins.
Vienna is packed full or monuments, statues and ornaments but I would rank these ones up there with the best of them.
I'd highly recommend visiting this place and indulging in your morbid side.
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The Habsburgs and their Imperial Crypt Oct 01, 2011
The Kaisergruft (or Kapuzinergruft) is the Imperial Crypt of the Habsburg Royal Family. It is an underground mausoleum beneath the Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin Church) in central Vienna. Members of the Habsburg dynasty have been entombed here since 1633--right up to 2011.
Truly, it is a fascinating place to visit.
The Imperial Crypt is open to the public daily. Entering it, one sees elaborately decorated metal burial vaults of all the Emperors and Empresses of the Austria-Hungary of old and their related family members. The Crypt has been expanded several times over the centuries. Oldest are the Leopolds-Gruft and Karls-Gruft. The first Habsburgs to be entombed here were Matthias of Austria (1557–1619) and Empress Anna (1585-1618).
In 1753, Maria Theresa built an addition for herself and her family under the sacristy garden. Her tomb, which she shares with her husband Franz I Stephen, is by far the largest and most elaborate in the Imperial Crypt. Tombs of a number of their children surround them.
Minor Habsburgs line the connecting vault leading to the Neue Grift, added in the 1960s under the Capuchin monastery garden. I found it most interesting to encounter Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico, (1832-1867) here.
In 1908, another section was added for Franz Josef (1830-1916) and his family. He, along with Elizabeth (Sisi) and their son, Prince Rudolph (1858-1889), are located in this section. They are still popular, as the many flowers left here attest. (Two girls were posing for photos at Sisi's tomb.)
The Crypt Chapel houses more recent entombments. Empress Zita (1892-1989), wife of Charles I and last Empress, is here. Their son, Otto von Habsburg (1912-2011), who became a German statesman, was placed in the crypt only in 2011. (His funeral and entry into the Crypt was a televised event.)
One really must see this, especially if you are at all interested in the Habsburgs and Central European history.
Photography is permitted. Admission is 5 Euro.
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