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“An interesting but overpriced visit”

Kapuziner Crypt (Kapuzinergruft)
Ranked #38 of 573 things to do in Vienna
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Launceston, Australia
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“An interesting but overpriced visit”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

The Imperial Crypt is centrally located a short walk from the Hofburg. Entry is a steep 5.50 Euros each for what you get. There is virtually no English interpretation nor any pamphlet. We are not sure if there was an audio guide. There is a guidebook for sale but it is an even steeper 8 Euros.
The crypt only contains a few rooms but these are all filled with coffins that are elaborately carved with intricate detail. Many were adorned with skulls and bones, and had lions feet for the feet of the coffin. One large coffin in particular had a rather haunting visage of a woman's head covered with a veil. She was wailing as though in despair and was quite moving. Apart from the names on the panels it was difficult to obtain any further information. We expected a revered silence in a crypt which would have enhanced our experience but the presence of several large tour groups monopolising the corridors and speaking at full volume detracted from the setting.

Visited May 2014
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“Not to be missed in historic Vienna”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

This is where they "bury" the royals. Actually just most of them, as parts, like hearts, are stored elsewhere. Ostentatious does not begin to describe the "coffins." Not to be missed is Maria Theresa's resting place, but, don't worry, you won't miss it. If it was outdoors it could be spotted from space.

Not here are Franz Ferdinand and Sophie, because Sophie was not high enough up the food chain to merit burial here. Rudolph, however, is here, along with Franz Joseph and Sisi, even though Rudolph killed himself (the official story) which last I checked was a mortal sin than kept you out of hallowed places such as the Imperial crypt.

Small fee, well worth it./ About 5 Euro per person. Elevator. Near shopping area and Imperial Palace.

Visited June 2014
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“A quick and rather chilly walk through the Hapsburgs”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Kaisergruft is an underground crypt located in the heart of Vienna where almost all the Hapsburg royalty come to rest. The tradition is that the heart will reside in one place, the entrails in another and the actual bodies will be placed in a tomb called Kaisergruft. The place is easy to find and is NOT loaded with tourists as it takes a serious student of history to pay attention to this gem. You pay the ticket and then make your way down to the crypt where a map will identify by name all the various Kings, Princes, Queens, royal children that lay buried here. The intial casks are very plain but as you proceed, you will notice that some of the caskets are rather ornate and even macabre. All serve to remind you that death comes as an end. The interesting ones of course belong to Emperor Francis (who was defeated by Napolean and forced to deliver his daughter in marriage), Empress Maria Theresa and her husband have their own large and dedicated crypt, Emperor Joseph who has a surprisingly simple cask compared to his parents and other Hapsburgs. As you flow through time, you reach the more recent ones of Emperor Franz Joseph, his wife Elizabeth of Austria (Sissi) and their son crown prince Rudolf who was murdered in the Mayerling plot. You will also find the Emperor's brother Maximilian who attempted to become the King of Mexico with such devastating results.
All in all, the Kaisergruft is a must visit for history lovers. If you did not know about this place, you would easily miss it as the church is located in a rather non descript place. But, once you enter, you are captivated and will walk through slowly and wonder what may have been their fate if things had worked out differently.

Visited June 2013
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“Very hard feeling but must see”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

It was amazing to see the royal family crypt, to learn the relationships between various family members, very hard to see the little coffins of the royal children, but all is so authentic and gives the impression of deep honoring.

Visited May 2014
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“Royal crypts with masterful craftsmanship, quick detour with photo opps”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Easy to miss because of the lack of signage and the shabby-looking church exterior, but this crypt holds coffins of the Habsburg royals. It's easy enough to navigate without a map (I think they sell for a Euro or less at the ticket counter), but they are adequately labelled if you have a little familiarity with the lineage. The main events are the joint caskets of Maria Theresa and Franz I, the military tomb of Franz Josef and the Sisi tomb (always has lots of flowers by it). You can do this quickly in <30 minutes, a great way to escape a sudden rain downtown. Zero interest for kids or teens.

Visited April 2014
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