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Sisi's Road

A biographical travel tour tracing the footsteps of Empress Elisabeth from Augsburg to Geneva

Sisi’s Road, among the twelve most beautiful touristic routes worldwide, continues to win prominent international partners such as Hotel Beau-Rivage on Lake Geneva, Golfhotel Kaiserin Elisabeth on Lake Starnberg and Achilleion on the island of Corfu. The prize-winning European culture route was initiated by Regio Augsburg in 2002 and is also a historical and biographical guide about the Empress of Austria.

Elisabeth, Empress of AustriaSisi’s road follows stages in the life of Empress and Queen Elisabeth, a sophisticated woman who traveled throughout Europe. The Bavarian starting point and western origin of Sisi’s road is Augsburg, city of the Fuggers, where Elisabeth’s brother lived as an officer on Maximilianstrasse. Young Sisi experienced carefree childhood days in “Wittelsbach country” in Aichach not far from Augsburg. The Sisi-Mansion, which had been the favorite summer residence of Sisi’s father Duke Max in Bavaria, is situated in the district of Unterwittelsbach. The nearby palace in Kühbach and the hunting lodge Rapperzell also belonged to Sisi’s father who owned huge hunting grounds in Wittelsbach country. A new partner along the Bavarian route is the Golfhotel Kaiserin Elisabeth by Lake Starnberg.

From Augsburg or Aichach it takes less than an hour by car to get to Munich, the birthplace of Elisabeth of Austria, as well as to Lake Starnberg. Here, Possenhofen castle is located – the summer residence of Sisi’s mother Ludovika and as of 1850 also of her father. The Elisabeth Museum is accommodated in the train station of Possenhofen. Possenhofen is opposite Berg castle where King Ludwig II mysteriously drowned in the lake. The extremely eccentric Bavarian king met with his beautiful cousin Elisabeth on Rose Island near Feldafing. Here both the park and rose garden were restored and the island is open again for viewing. Tours of the island and the casino are available, and in summer, concerts are held on Rose Island. Golfhotel Kaiserin Elisabeth in Feldafing surprises visitors with a Sisi-Suite with original furniture and “Sisi-Dishes” from the menu of the empress.

The eastern segment of Sisi’s Road stretches with approximately 800 km from Wittelsbach country to Budapest. To the south, the route leads from Augsburg through Fuessen to Austria, through Italy to the Miramare Palace in Trieste. In Switzerland the Genevan office of tourism and Hotel Beau Rivage on Lake Geneva are now partners of the route.

The route is highlighted by the European dimension: Sisi’s Road reaches across Hungary, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. In addition to impressive monuments and historical townscapes, Sisi-fans can visit museums, cultural events and admire outstanding garden and park landscapes. In the program for Sisi’s Road, well-known tour operators offering wellness and garden tours have been included. Sisi’s Road is a travel routerecommended for individual tourists as well as tourist groups.

For further information please contact
Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbH
Astrid Buchwieser * sales@regio-augsburg.de
Priska Hassan * projekt@regio-augburg.de
Telephone: 08 21/ 5 02 07-35 (21) 

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