sights / Religious

Kaisergruft information

Vienna , Austria
Street 01, Neuer Markt
Getting there
metro Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz
tram D, 1, 2, 71 Kärntner Ring/Oper
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adult/child €5/2
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Lonely Planet review

The Kaisergruft beneath the Kapuzinerkirche is the final resting place of most of the Habsburg royal family (the hearts and organs reside in Augustinerkirche and Stephansdom, respectively). Opened in 1633, it was instigated by Empress Anna (1585–1618), and her body and that of her husband, Emperor Matthias (1557–1619), were the first entombed in this impressive vault.

Only three Habsburgs are notable through their absence here. The last emperor, Karl I, was buried in exile in Madeira, and Marie Antoinette (daughter of Maria Theresia) still lies in Paris. The third is Duc de Reichstadt, son of Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise, who was transferred to Paris as a publicity stunt by the Nazis in 1940.