Hunting lodge of the crown prince
Owned since 1550 by the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, the estate was acquired by Crown Prince Rudolf in 1886 and converted into a hunting lodge. On the night of January 30, 1889, the Austro-Hungarian heir apparent, Crown Prince Rudolf, died here together with his lover Mary Vetsera. The circumstances are still unclear, since the Vienna court had destroyed key documents and had obliged eyewitnesses to silence. According to the current state of research, the suffering from depression Rudolf first shot his lover, the almost 18-year-old baroness Vetsera; then he killed himself by a head shot. Contrary to his last wishes, Rudolf was not buried together with Mary of Vetsera in the cemetery in the neighboring abbey Heiligenkreuz, but buried in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna, where he rests next to his parents Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. Mary Vetsera was buried in Heiligenkreuz.
July 5, 2017
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