Empress Sissi, Kaiserin Elisabeth of Austria, c. 1867 by Szekely Bertalan
Portraits of Kaiser Franz Josef I of Austria and spouse, Kaiserin Elisabeth, neé Duchess in Bavaria by Franz Russ. 1860s.
Otto von Habsburg in front of a portrait of his great-grandaunt Empress Elisabeth.
I am a seagull, of no land,
I call no shore my home,
I am bound to no place,
I fly from wave to wave.
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, North Sea Songs 7, 1885
Emperor Wilhelm II, Empress Augusta Viktoria and Prince Oskar at the Achilleion in Corfu. The palace belonged to Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who left it to her daughter Archduchess Gisela. Later the building was purchased by German Emperor Wilhelm II, who removed the statue of the Jewish poet Heinrich Heine and replaced it with a statue of Elisabeth. During the first WW, it was used as base hospital by the French and Serbian army. During the second WW it was occupied by the German Wehrmacht. For some time it was then a museum, casino, kindergarten, used for a meeting of the EU (where Austria officially joined the Union) and today it´s a tourist attraction.