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Memories of Crown Prince Rudolph

A tragic episode in Austrian history occurred at this little village, only a 30-minute drive from Vienna. Crown Prince Rudolph, son of the emperor Franz Josef and his wife Elisabeth, committed suicide here on January 30, 1889, together with his secret lover Marie Alexandrine Freiin von Vetsera. 

Mary Vetsera, the lover of Crown-price Rudolph
Crown-prince Rudolph's lover Mary Vetsera

The location was the hunting lodge of the Crown Prince, a noble raised hide near the township of Alland, which was in the possession of the Heiligenkreuz monastery since 1550. Crown Prince Rudolph purchased it in 1886 and converted it into a hunting lodge. Rumours surrounding the mysterious suicide of the Crown Prince and his companion persist even to the present day. Today, visitors to Mayerling not only receive information on the current status of research into the deaths of the two aristocrats, they can also visit the former hunting lodge, which was later turned into a Carmelite convent by emperor Franz Joseph.

Mayerling is reachable from Vienna either by car or numerous bus tour companies which offer trips to Mayerling.

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