• 'Promenade in front of the Burgbastei (before 1800)', after a watercolour by L. Janscha

    (Re-)organizing the city 1770–1913

    ‘It is my will …’: on 20 December 1857 Emperor Franz Joseph signed the decree that was to give the imperial capital a new face. The city walls and rough ...
  • One of the labours from the cycle *The Farmer’s Year*, gouache, 3rd quarter of 18th century

    A Question of food 1740–1792

    While an arable crop ‘revolutionized’ the eating habits of people in the Habsburg Monarchy, an imperial plough mutated into an almost religious relic. There ...
  • The Three Estates

    A Tripartite Society and Social Conflict 1500–1740

    “W ith classes three God filled the world As best as best can be; One class must teach, another feed, The third ’ gainst wicked lads must strive. The first ...
  • 'Young Turkish woman', watercolour, 18th century

    Alla turca 1700–1913

    Oriental chic. The courtly collection for autumn/winter 1743: harem pants, silk and lashings of fur! Courtiers dressed in the latest fashions, attending ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bernardo Bellotto: The Liechtenstein summer palace seen from the gardens, oil on canvas

    Baroque splendour for Church and Emperor 1550–1730

    At the beginning of the seventeenth century developments in art were affected by the shortage of funds resulting from the Thirty Years’ War and conflicts with ...
  • ‘Freut euch, es ist ein Bergwerk entstanden’ (‘Rejoice, a mine has come into being’; *Schwazer Bergbuch*), ...

    Below Ground 1500–1739

    From the late Middle Ages mining played an important role in the economy of the Habsburg lands, reaching its peak in the sixteenth century. In addition to salt ...
  • Under the Christmas tree at Wallsee, newspaper illustration, 1916

    Christkind, St Nicholas & Christmas trees 1741–1913

    Nowadays Christmas is regarded as the epitome of the family celebration. The customs and rituals associated with it are often seen as unchanging, time-hallowed ...
  • Schubertiade in a middle-class Viennese household, heliogravure after a painting by Julius Schmid, 2nd half...

    Classical Music in Nineteenth-Century Vienna 1800–1918

    In the nineteenth century Vienna continued to consolidate its reputation as the ‘city of music’, an image still used to great effect in the tourist industry ...
  • Peasants paying their dues to the lord of the manor

    Country Life in the Middle Ages 1273–1500

    In the fourteenth century swarms of locusts, an earthquake and heavy rainfall led to numerous famines. In the middle of the century the plague arrived in ...
  • 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: ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Johann Zoffany: Emperor Franz Stephan with his natural history collections, oil painting, 1776/77

    Exploring new horizons 1751–1884

    The emperor hovering over a microscope, the crown prince in his study? These would not have been unusual sights in the House of Habsburg. Botany and zoology in ...