Free Entry to Imperial Carriage Museum

Imperial Carriage Museum

Vienna PASS Benefits:

Free Entry to the Imperial Carriage Museum
Normal Price: Adult: €9,50; Child: free 

The Imperial Carriage Museum is one of Schönbrunn’s most famous attractions. Its magnificent carriages, paintings and robes offer a glimpse of court life – coronations and weddings, cumbersome travels and merry hunts, children’s games and funeral processions. At the same time, it documents the lives of rulers like Maria Theresa, Franz Joseph and (perhaps surprisingly for many) the French Emperor Napoleon.  One of its highlights is the “Sisi Trail”, which offers a new and unusual view of the famous Empress, whose life over a century ago was marked by topics that remain current today, such as mobility, sports and the cult of beauty.

Highlights:

  • The baroque coronation coach of the Habsburgs (“Imperial Coach”)
  • The golden children’s carriage of Napoleon’s son 
  • Emperor Franz I’s sleeping coach for long travels
  • Sisi’s sumptuous robes
  • Sisi’s “riding chapel”
  • The Court Automobile, made by “Gräf und Stift” (“Imperial Car”)

Did you know:

- According to the Spanish court ceremonial, nobody was allowed to sit higher than the ruler, and the coronation carriages of the Habsburgs therefore had no coach box

- Napoleon’s son’s small carriage was drawn by two Merino sheep, which had been specially trained by a circus ringmaster

- Different clothes and carriages were required in the 19th century depending on the occasion and the time of day

- Sisi invented the “Viennese wasp waist”, which cinches the waistline sharply and in complete disregard of human anatomy, creating a particularly impressive silhouette

- The first automobiles, such as the “Imperial Car”, were delivered with two exchangeable bodies, an open one for summer and a closed one for winter

Things to see:

For centuries, horse and carriage were among the main elements of courtly representation. The baroque carriages, which were designed and created by great artists, were not so much means of transport as they were insignia bearing testament to the importance and grandeur of the Imperial family. Beginning in the late 18th century, technical progress led to the development of many new types of carriages, which were also used by the emergent bourgeoisie. In the Imperial Carriage Museum, you can see the entire range of historic carriage making, from the ornate golden carriages of the baroque era to the travel, transport, leisure and hunting carriages of the 19th century and the early days of the automobile.

The “Sisi Trail”, which leads through the museum, tells the story of the well-loved Empress from her arrival as a bride to her death by way of her carriages, robes and unique mementos. The trail displays her wedding carriage, her children’s miniature carriages, her golden coronation carriage and the carriage she was using when she was murdered in Geneva. At the end, we see her imposing funeral carriage, which carried her to her last resting place. These carriages are presented together with portraits, paintings and unique personal objects of the Empress, among them her wedding train, her famous fan and the sumptuous robe with its long train that makes the impressive beauty of the Empress and her renowned “Viennese wasp waist” come alive. Her only surviving saddle and the “riding chapel” with portraits of her countless favourite horses show us Sisi as the best parforce rider of her day.

On the occasion of the third centenary of the birth of Maria Theresa, a special exhibition will be held in four locations from 15 March to 29 November 2017: Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna: High Office and High Spirits.
Details see here.

How to get there:

    Underground: U4: Hietzing 
    Trams: 10, 58, 60
    Bus: 10A, 51A, 56B, 156B  
    HOP ON HOP OFF: Yellow Line: Schloss Schönbrunn 

see the: full list of attractions included

15 March - 29 November 2017
Monday 09.00 – 17.00
Tuesday 09.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 09.00 – 17.00
Thursday 09.00 – 17.00
Friday 09.00 – 17.00
Saturday 09.00 – 17.00
Sunday 09.00 – 17.00
November- January
Monday 10.00 – 16.00
Tuesday 10.00 – 16.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 16.00
Thursday 10.00 – 16.00
Friday 10.00 – 16.00
Saturday 10.00 – 16.00
Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

Closed: 30 January - 14 March 2017

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Address:

Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, 1130, Vienna

Telephone:

+43 1 811 13-239