Welcome in the Karmel Mayerling!
Original Scene of the Tragedy of Mayerling
Karmel Mayerling is the place where Crown Prince Rudolph was found dead, under circumstances which even today remain unclear.
This page is still under construction, working to present information about the memorial site of the Crown Prince and his mistress Mary Vetsera, also found dead.
Visitors to Karmel Mayerling are at a historical site: where today the beautiful chapel of the Carmelite sisters stands was the bedroom exactly where the tragedy occurred. Wall charts depict the story of January 30, 1889.
With Crown Prince Rudolph his mistress Mary Vetsera also died; she was taken in the dead of night to nearby Heiligenkreuz and buried. The grave of the unfortunate 17-year-old is still visited by many today...
With Crown Prince Rudolph the Habsburg Empire was effectively buried. The circumstances of the tragedy are - despite much speculation - still today unresolved and will probably never be ...
Open from 9th oct. 2014 - 1st jan. 2015
Daily from 9 am - 5 pm (last entrance 4.30 pm)
Open from 2nd jan. 2015 - 31st march 2015 (WINTER):
Only Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 9 am - 5 pm (last Entrance 4.30 pm)
Open from 1st april 2015 - 31st october 2015 (SUMMER):
Daily from 9 am - 5 pm (last entrance 5 pm)
Christmas Eve (24th dec.): 9am - 12:30 pm
Holy Thursday: 9 am - 12:30 pm
Good Friday and Holy Saturday: closed
Adults: 6,70 Euro (bonus of 40 cent for the shop)
Children under 6: gratis
Children 6-14 years old: 4,00 Euro (bonus of 40 cent for the shop)
Group (12 pers. or more): 6,20 Euro (bonus of 40 cent for the shop)
Tour with guide (12 pers. or more): 7,70 (bonus of 40 cent for the shop)
Monday through Saturday: 6:45am
Sundays and holidays: 7:00pm
INFORMATION AND CONTACT
Jagdschloss Karmel Mayerling
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The Carmelite convent of the Karmel Mayerling was built directly over the spot where, on January 30, 1889, the tragedy of Mayerling transpired.
Original furnishings from the hunting lodge of Crown Prince Rudolph have been preserved and can be seen during the tour. Wall charts illustrate and recount the dramatic hours of the tragedy.
Among other things visitors can see the splendid foundation chalice of Emperor Franz Joseph I, along with the coffin in which Mary Vetsera was buried until 1945...
Crown Prince Rudolph
Crown Prince Rudolph is interred in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. Mary Vetsera, who was found dead with him, was buried at nearby Heiligenkreuz.
For Kaiser Franz Joseph I and his wife Empress Elisabeth, the death of their only son was a life-altering catastrophe... The Kaiser wrote:
"After the unspeakable misfortune that caused the passing of my dearly beloved son, the Crown Prince Archduke Rudolph, I have decided to have a cloister built over his deathplace and donate it to the Carmelite sisters."
Ischl, on August 7, 1890 - Franz Joseph m. p.
The heart of the Karmel Mayerling is the church, which was built in a unique neoclassical style. The altar is situated directly over the spot where the bed lay, upon which the Crown Prince Rudolph and Mary Vetsera were found dead. Daily Mass is celebrated there.
Those who tour the carmelitine monastery visit this holy place at the historical site. The side chapel is also impressive, containing a statue of the sorrowful Mother of God that was donated by Empress Elisabeth. It shows the Madonna with her heart pierced by a dagger of anguish. The donor Empress Elisabeth could not know that she would die just such a death...
The Sarcophagus of Mary Vetsera
A macabre attraction of Karmel Mayerling is the original sarcophagus of Mary Vetsera, on display since 2007, in which the unfortunate Baroness was buried in the Heiligenkreuz Cemetery from 1889 until 1945.
This sarcophagus was viciously broken into by grave robbers at the end of World War II, evidence of which is still clearly visible. Beside the sarcophagus are several of the wooden planks of the first makeshift coffin in which Baroness Vetsera was buried for the first couple of months...
The macabre pieces on display memorialize the tragic fate of two people. For their souls - and the needs and sufferings of all people - the Carmelite sisters who live in the former hunting lodge pray.
Your Visit is the Livelihood of the Carmelite Sisters
The Carmelite sisters of Mayerling live cloistered and simply. Their income derives almost exclusively from the admission fees. An admission with a tour costs very little.
The Carmelites are therefore pleased when guests, pilgrims, tourists, and tour buses visit the memorial site of Crown Prince Rudolph. Visitors may also see the church and the adjoining areas and get a feeling for the atmosphere of January 30, 1889.
The photo shows a happy tour group before they visit the memorial site. The sisters are dependent on the income from the admission fees.
Master's Thesis About Mayerling
Mag. Peter Rückl wrote his Master's thesis at Vienna University's Faculty of Catholic Theology (Kath. Theologischen Fakultät der Univerisität Wien) in 2002.
From the Middle Ages a Laurentius church stood in Mayerling, then the property was acquired by Crown Prince Rudolph and converted into a hunting lodge.
After the tragedy of January 30, 1889, the hunting lodge was converted into a Carmelite convent, with the chapel and altar exactly on the spot where the two dead were found.
The Master's thesis (in German) can be downloaded--> here (3 MB!)
The photo shows the inside of the Carmelite church. The altar stands exactly on the spot where in the bedroom was. Here on January 30, 1889 the corpses of Rudolph and Mary found. May they rest in peace.
The tragedy of Mayerling affected the course of world history.