The Empress Elisabeth Museum in the historic train station of Possenhofen is a veritable gem of local history. The building was built during King Ludwig II's reign and today houses pictures and documents of local history. It is here that the life of the empress is reawakened. Besides photographs of Sisi and her court along with original objects of her family, busts and sculptures, visitors can also admire exhibits of her half-first cousin once removed, King Ludwig II, in the pompous waiting hall of the train station.
It was in 1869, that Sisi came to Possenhofen in a stately wagon for the first time. At the ornate train station that was lavishly decorated with paintings and stucco, she was already awaited by the carriage that was supposed to bring her to the castle. This is where the royal family spent the summer months. She would often visit the peaceful small village on Lake Starnberg together with her parents and siblings, Duchess Ludovika and Duke Maximilian von Bayern.
Tip: The Empress Elisabeth Museum is an ideal point of departure for following in royal footsteps around the shore of Lake Starnberg. Schloss Possenhofen, a castle with four corner towers, and the legendary Roseninsel (Rose Island) where King Ludwig II and Sisi had their rendezvous, can be reached on foot from here. Whereas the castle is in private hands today, the small island is well worth a visit. Roses festoon the entire island, the only one in the whole of Starnberger See Lake. Not only that, it is still virtually uninhabited: the only person allowed to live here permanently is the gardener who tends to the gorgeous roses in bloom.
Fri. to Sun. and holidays 12:00 noon - 6:00 PM
(1 May to 18 October)
Group tours for 7 or more persons available year round, outside the regular opening hours by arrangement
Kaiserin Elisabeth Museum (Empress Elisabeth Museum)