I was Sisi in another life.
I had to be.
I cry when I see the movie, and it’s not even sad—and I never cry. My chest actually hurts when I think of the way she died. It’s the only explanation. I was Elisabeth Empress of Austria. Simple. (My sister thinks she was Queen Victoria; royalty runs in the family.)
I was always drawn to Austria, for no particular reason. See? I was obviously her. For this cause, I was really, really impatient to visit my palace. I mean, Schloß Schönbrunn. Once there, I was happy to hear that there’s this special Sisi ticket, for €25, that gives you access to three museums in Vienna, all related to the life of the empress. So here they are:
- Schloß Schönbrunn, aka Home, Sweet Home
- Hofburg Palace. In the core of the city are the imperial apartments of Sisi and Franz, and also an impressive collection of silverware and porcelains. When I say impressive, I mean imagine a boat twice as big as the Titanic, and now imagine what kind of iceberg it would take to sink it. I’m talking that iceberg impressive.
3. Imperial Furniture Collection, which also includes a room with decors and costumes from the movie. That museum was really nice for its exhibitions, but also because it wasn’t as crowded as the other ones. In fact, when I went, I was the only visitor. I felt like in the Night at the Museum, weaved in a Sisi theme, which was pretty much heaven. There was also an exhibition of modern furniture, which I found really inspiring.
So now you know a little more about the Sisi museums in Vienna, and also about my glorious yet tragic past life. Hopefully, it helps you choose which one interests you the most, but if you have time, I think the three of them are worth doing.