The Querfeld family runs Café Landtmann on the Ring Road, where the legendary Grand Café was established in 1875, fostering the tradition of Viennese coffee house culture with love. Today, the family manages several extremely popular coffee houses in Vienna, whose locations also have been chosen with sentiment behind it. The affinity with Austrian history and culture also plays a role. The fascinating surroundings of the Viennese Imperial Palace and the wonderful location in the inner courtyard, made the decision for Café Hofburg easy. Since 2004 it has turned into a special place worthy of the Hofburg. An oasis of well-being, located in the former power-centre of the Habsburgs, like it has existed for an eternity already. Cosmopolitan, cosy, top-quality and enjoyment for all guests.
The Hofburg was the seat of government of the Habsburgs until 1918. Today, it is the political center of the Republic of Austria. Starting from a fortified castle complex in the 13th century, each Emperor extended the residence by adding new wings. Today the complex consists out of 19 courtyards, 18 wings and 2 600 rooms. Around 5 000 people live and work here.
The splendid wedding of Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, Duchess of Bavaria, and the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, took place on the 24th of April 1854 in the Augustinian Church in the Imperial Palace, in the presence of the European high aristocracy.
Franz Joseph I (1830-1916) had an understanding for his freedom-loving wife and approved her journeys, even though he missed her very much. The Emperor, who had been in power since 1848, saw himself as the first civil servant. Performing his duties at his desk in the Imperial Palace. To ease his loneliness during her travels, Sisi arranged an acquaintance with actress Katharina Schratt. The Emperor and his wife, however, remained friendly and wrote many letters to each other. The Empress travelled to Europe, Anatolia, North Africa and the Ottoman Empire. When she returned to the Imperial Palace, Franz Joseph enjoyed her presence very much. When Sisi was assassinated in Geneva in September 1898, her husband was deeply affected. Until his death in 1916, Franz Joseph, the long-serving Habsburg emperor, was a lonely man in the Hofburg.
"Sisi" (1837-1898) is considered to be one of the most beautiful women of her time, and much is reported about her life. The young Empress struggled to get use to her new life in Vienna. She had problems with the strict court ceremonies, but then started to come to terms with it. The couple had three girls and one son, Crown Prince Rudolph, whose upbringing as heir to the throne was taken out of her hands. From 1860 onwards, due to health reasons, Elisabeth made her first trips to Madeira and Corfu on her own. She was considered a style icon, attached great importance to beauty care, kept a diet, practised sports, read a lot and wrote poetry. Above all, Elizabeth began to travel a lot, especially after Crown Prince Rudolph´s suicide in 1889.