Sissi Street: A cultural route into the past

Empress Elisabeth, widely known as Sissi, was a passionate traveller and travelled a lot in Europe. On her travels Sissi explored the most beautiful places in Europe and even today the numerous cities, castles and parks are still worth a visit. In 2002 the so-called Sissi Street was formed as a memory of Sissi. This leads from Bavaria to the Ionian Sea and passes Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and Corfu, where Sissis palace Achielleion once was built. Sissi still enchants many people all over the world and her myth lives on. Nevertheless, the route, even without Sissi reference, is suitable for cultural tourists from all over the world, as it connects many of the most beautiful places in Europe and invites to a cultural discovery tour. Even though Sissi travelled the world a lot and died tragically in Switzerland, the stops in Bavaria and Austria are probably among the most important in her life, as they influenced her childhood as well as her time as empress.

In Sissi's footsteps in Bavaria and Austria

A total of six different stations in Bavaria and Austria belong to the cultural route Sissi street. The beautiful places once shaped the life of the empress and are still a popular destination today due to their magnificent architecture and unique location.

1st stop: Füssen

The starting point of the journey is the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein near Füssen in the Allgäu. King Ludwig II, the cousin of Empress Sissi, once lived there. The two were connected by a close and trusting relationship. The dreamlike castle is still a popular excursion destination for tourists from all over the world and invites you to immerse yourself in a bygone era and discover the charm of the imperial era.

Hotel tips:

The Romantik Hotel Böld in Oberammergau welcomes guests with Bavarian cordiality at the foot of the Kofel. The modern rooms and suites with a view of the Alps are a great place to relax after an eventful day. The hotel's own restaurant Uhrmacher also offers regional and international specialities.

The Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein also offers an exclusive retreat for sports enthusiasts, relaxation seekers and gourmets. The rooms are furnished in a unique combination of Bavarian cosiness and French chic. The gourmet restaurant "Henri-Philippe" combines French haute cuisine with traditional Alpine dishes.

2nd stop: Lake Starnberg

The next stop on the Sissi Route leads to the magnificent Starnberg Lake and Possenhofen Castle. There Sissi, together with her parents and siblings, spent carefree summer days. The "Elisabeth Weg" invites you to an active exploration tour. Following in Sissi's footsteps, you hike from past the castle to the only island of Lake Starnberg, the Rose Island. A leisurely crossing with a wooden barge allows you to explore the variety of roses.

Hotel tips:

The Romantik Hotel Chalet am Kiental at the beautiful Ammersee is also close to Lake Starnberg. In the lovingly renovated farm, noble nostalgia meets modern zeitgeist and offers guests true moments of pleasure in the gourmet restaurant, where only the best and predominantly regional products are used for the delicacies.

The Romantik Hotel zur Post in the heart of Fürstenfeldbruck's old town welcomes guests in cosy rooms in the Biedermeier style. In the Poststüberl, international and regional dishes pamper you according to the season and invite you to linger in the historic Posthof in summer.

3rd stop: Munich

Another highlight of the route is the Empress's birthplace: the stately Duke Max Palace on Ludwigstrasse 13, where Sissi was born on 24 December 1837 as Elisabeth von Wittelsbach, Princess of Bavaria. It was not until 1854 that Sissi left Munich to marry her Franz Joseph in Vienna. Munich combines city life with tradition and Bavarian cosiness and has numerous cultural highlights to offer.

Hotel tips:

In addition to the Romantik Hotel Chalet am Kiental and the Romantik Hotel zur Post, the Lindner Romantik Hotel & Restaurants in Bad Aibling is also suitable for a trip to Munich. Guests are welcomed there in the former Prantshausen Castle and enjoy a stay full of tradition, comfort and gastronomic delights in Upper Bavaria.

4th stop: Salzburg

The Sissi Route continues to beautiful Salzburg. In 1853 the engagement ceremony of Empress Sissi with Emperor Franz Joseph took place in the stately Leopoldskron Castle, only a few minutes away from the centre of Salzburg. Salzburg is above all known as the city of Mozart. It is therefore worth stopping at his birthplace in Getreidegasse and his house on Makartplatz.

Hotel tips:

The Romantik Hotel Gmachl is the oldest family hotel in Austria and invites you to a relaxing stay on the green outskirts of Salzburg. Thanks to the hotel's spacious wellness area, guests can enjoy a relaxing stay in the lovingly furnished rooms and the romantic garden of the hotel.

In addition, the Romantik Hotel Die Gersberg Alm is also ideal for an overnight stay near the city centre. The hosts warmly welcome guests in elegant rooms and spoil them with excellent regional and international cuisine.

5th station: Bad Ischl

In Bad Ischl Sissi met her future husband for the first time in 1853. The 15-year-old Sissi and Emperor Franz Joseph fell in love at their first meeting and then got engaged on August 19, 1853 in the former Salzfertiger Haus Esplanade No. 10, today's museum. Especially the Kaiservilla and the accompanying Kaiserpark, the former summer residence of Emperor Franz Joseph I, are worth a visit. It is also worth visiting the photo museum in the Marmorschlössl, the former retreat of the Empress above the Kaiservilla.

Hotel tips:

Not far from Bad Ischl is the Romantik Hotel Im Weissen Rössl on Wolfgangsee, combining tradition with charming hospitality. Above all, the hotel's large SPA area, with its heated pool in the lake, invites you to relax all year round.

The Romantik Hotel Seevilla on Altauseer See welcomes guests with a spacious wellness area and its own beach. The hotel offers a relaxed "Platzerl" far away from mass tourism and makes a comfortable stay at the idyllic lake possible.

6th stop: Vienna

The last highlight and impressive centre of the imperial family is the city of Vienna. The wedding ceremony of Sissi and Franz Joseph took place in the Imperial Hofburg and the couple moved into the Imperial Apartments in the Hofburg in 1857. These are still preserved today and offer visitors insights into the past. A guided tour through Schönbrunn Palace is also highly recommended.

Hotel tip:

The Romantik Hotel Altstadt Vienna is ideally located for a wonderful stay in beautiful Vienna. The hotel is characterised by exceptionally furnished rooms, which were designed entirely in the charm of Vienna. No two rooms are the same. Thanks to its location in the heart of Vienna's 7th district, the Künstler- und BoBo quarter, all the highlights can easily be reached on foot.