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Majestic Train de Luxe Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Europe
Replica of the former Austro-Hungarian royal train will depart at the end of June from Austria to B&H, on the occasion of marking the 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. “The Luxury Train Club”, a company that deals with luxurious rail journeys, offered to interested tourists to visit Sarajevo on the train “The Majestic Train de Luxe”, one of the most luxurious trains in their offer.
The train will depart from Vienna on 26 June, and will travel through Graz and Zagreb and arrive in Sarajevo on 28 June, on the day of the anniversary of the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. With the return, the trip will last five days. This “ćiro” is a replica of the royal train, which was a favorite means of transport for Empress Elizabeth, the wife of the Emperor Franz Joseph. They sent the royal train to Sarajevo to retrieve the suitcases of their son Franz and his wife Sophie.
Fay says, “The Austro-Hungarian Empire has vanished into the mists of time, leaving only fading memories, ornate architecture – and this lovingly re-created Imperial Train. Gottfried Rieck is a self-made entrepreneur who began working life as a stoker on Austrian Railways’ steam locomotives, and who combined a passion for trains and an appreciation of Austrian history in the stroke of genius which is the Majestic Train de Luxe.”
About the Train
As you approach the train, the atmosphere of the past is redolent of romance and mystery. On boarding, one’s breath is taken away by the sumptuous elegance of a bygone era. These luxury carriages are based on the imperial train of the Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi), the Imperial Express. Surrounded by the splendour of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, one can absorb the magic of days gone by. Sisi’s favourite colour was blue, which is used in the carriage named after her, whilst other carriages sport rich golds or deep greens, wood-carved Italian chairs and paintings of the Royal family. The ambiance created by these carriages during the day, turns into a romantic setting by night.
The Ambassador Car
Ambassador seats up to 36 guests for fine dining and features a beautiful piano bar. Part of the original curtain of the Emperor’s balcony at the Vienna State Opera is prominently displayed, featuring the hand woven crest of the Monarch.
The Salon Elisabeth
Salon Elisabeth has 24 dining seats in the salon and 24 luxury compartment seats in 4 private compartments and is named for the legendary Empress Elisabeth, lovingly known as “Sissy”, the travelling Empress. The original curtain from the Emperor’s balcony in the Vienna State Opera hangs in the Salon, with freshwater pearls from the Danube.
Equipage seats 36 guests, and has a bar. The curtains are the same as at the Schönbrunn Castle, the summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Tables and chairs can be moved as required, for lectures, a ballroom dance floor or other arrangement of choice. Excelsior Car Excelsior replicates a carriage in the original Imperial Train and affords a 360 degree panoramic view. There is seating for up to 43 guests as well as a bar and a dance floor. The original mirror of Empress Elisabeth’s carriage hangs in Excelsior.
Salon 1 is a replica of Emperor Franz Josef I’s 1905 parlour car designed for up to 14 people. It was manufactured in Prague by Ringhofer-Smichow, which also constructed the original Imperial Train in 1891. Amenities include 14 dinner seats and 18 regular seats in the coupés. There is a bar, a cloakroom and two lavatories. The additional 18 seats in 3 luxury compartments exude cosiness, known as “Gemütlichkeit”, for which Austria’s coffee-houses are famous. Here too there is a 360 panoramic view.
Itineraries - 2014
100th Anniversary – Sarajevo
Imagine the atmosphere of being transported to the historic site of the fatal assassination of the archduke Franz Ferdinand, in a train that is of the time. Full details are yet to be released but will include guided tours and hotel accommodation.
Vienna to Sarajevo
Dates and Price 2014 – June 29, returning on 2 July.
Price upon request!