Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra visit the Hermesvilla in Vienna
In the Lainzer Tiergarten to the southwest of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Emperor Franz Joseph built the Hermesvilla for Empress Elisabeth in the 1880s. Their daughter Archduchess Marie Valeria celebrated her engagement here in 1890.
Photographs c1890s (below) of the Hermesvilla
During their visit to Vienna in 1896, Nicholas II and Alexandra went on Friday August 16th ‘to a hunt in the Lainzer Park. I stayed there until 3:30; ran after deer, climbed around on the hills, rode in the woods. I absolutely missed Alix. We met her at the Empress’ house right there in the park. At 4:00 there was an informal family dinner’.
The Lainzer Tiergarten is today a wildlife preserve. My sister and I loved hiking through the woods and swatting bugs . Touring the historic Hermesvilla, we found it difficult to imagine what it was like during imperial times. I recently discovered the following photographs from the 1890s that reveal the formal drawing rooms and private apartments
Photographs (below) of the Staircase and Entrance Hall
Photographs (below) of the Salons
Photographs (below) of Emperor Franz Joseph’s Rooms
Photographs (below) of Empress Elisabeth’s Rooms
Photographs (below) of Archduchess Marie Valerie’s Rooms