• Ferdinand Schmutzer: Portrait photograph of Emperor Karl I

    Habsburgs in Exile – the Dynasty after 1918 1918–2300

    The Habsburg Monarchy came to an end in November 1918. The last emperor, Karl I, refused to abdicate and went into exile. Unsuccessful endeavours to regain ...
  • Franz von Matsch: Franz Joseph on his deathbed, oil painting, 1916

    Decline and Fall 1889–1918

    With the death of Crown Prince Rudolf the succession of the dynasty had to be settled anew. Conflict within the family arose – it was no secret that relations ...
  • Account of the assassination of Elisabeth in *Le Petit Parisien*, 25 September 1898

    Died of Unnatural Causes 1863–1918

    Not all Habsburgs were granted the privilege of breathing their last in peace and quiet. Some had to pay for their positions of power with premature deaths: ...
  • Franz Alt: ‘The old and new Burgplatz in Vienna with the Imperial Forum project’, 1873, watercolour

    Architectural Splendour 1857–1913

    Where once the city walls of Vienna had stood was now the scene of a huge construction boom: public buildings and stately palaces rose to fill one of the ...
  • Franz Xaver Winterhalter: Empress Elisabeth in a ball gown with diamond star ornaments in her hair, oil pai...

    Elisabeth – icon and outsider 1854–1898

    Elisabeth is considered today the most popular Habsburg throughout the world. Her unconventional lifestyle and multifaceted biography, abbreviated to ...
  • Carl Vasquez: ‘Emporia of the pre-eminent tradesmen’, coloured chalk lithograph, c. 1835

    Shopping in the Days of Franz Joseph 1848–1913

    Whether you were in the exclusive atmosphere of a retailer of luxury goods or in a department store with the very latest decor, Vienna was a good place to go ...
  • Anton Zampis: Caricature: 'Every constitution requires exercise / 14 March 1848'

    The Battle for a Political Voice 1848–1918

    13 March 1848 – Revolution in the imperial capital. Metternich’s rigid system collapsed. The once influential statesman had to flee and the Habsburg government ...
  • Artur Halmi: Food being transported from kitchen to dining room in Ischl (detail), drawing, 1898

    Downstairs and Upstairs 1848–1913

    ‘Leading service provider with 600 years of experience and illustrious client base seeks new team recruit. Do you have an appreciation of strict hierarchies ...
  • War game, c. 1914

    War and Peace 1830–1918

    The love of peace is alleged to have been a typical Habsburg family characteristic. The innumerable wars waged during its centuries of rule contradict this ...
  • Hugo Charlemont: Part of the ‘Emperor Franz Joseph’ archducal ironworks at Trzyniec near Teschen, drawing f...

    The Production of Progress 1815–1913

    The nineteenth century: the age of inventions, industrialization and progress – but actual development did not take place in quite such a straight line. In the ...
  • Andreas Groll: Empress Elisabeth Railway Station, 1860

    The Monarchy Becomes Modern 1815–1913

    Everything is new, everything is quick, everything is good? That is what contemporaries may well have thought in view of the many technological innovations of ...
  • H. Schlesinger: Franz II (I), 19th century

    Money Does (Not) Matter 1815–1918

    The members of the imperial family had no need to worry about money, at least if they kept to certain rules – those who broke the rules had their own methods ...
  • *The Cake of the Kings*, caricature, 1815

    Putting (Central) Europe in Order 1814–1918

    Napoleon had to go – and once the Napoleonic wars were over, Europe had to be ordered anew. The period from the Congress of Vienna of 1814/15 to the downfall ...
  • R. von Meissl: The funeral cortege of Emperor Franz Joseph leaving Schönbrunn Palace, gouache, 1916

    Reigns and Rulers VII 1814–1918

    The conservative states of Europe could breathe again – Napoleon had had his day. The Habsburgs reacquired all the territories they had lost and ruled on ...
  • Johann Baptist Hoechle and Court Theatre set designer Janitz: Archduchess Marie Louise is handed over to Ma...

    Napoleon and Marie Louise 1810–1815

    In 1809, after divorcing his wife Josephine because she was no longer able to bear children, Napoleon set about finding a new bride. The Habsburg princess ...