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.
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