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Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary had fond memories of her childhood summers spent at Feldafing in her native Bavaria. Years later, as Empress, she visited her Wittelsbach family home at Feldafing during many summers of the 1880s and 90s.  Her cousin, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, had drowned in Starnberg Lake, next to Feldafing. Here we see the Feldafing station dressed for one of “Sisi’s” vacation visits. The plain blue and white flag is that of the kingdom of Bavaria, the blue-and-white “lozengy” flag in the center represents the shield of the Wittelsbach coat-of-arms, also used in the arms of the kings of Bavaria. (The diagonal pattern, if straightened, becomes the BMW logo, created during the Bavarian monarchy.) The yellow flag is that of the Austrian Empress, flown only in her presence.

Affectionately known to this day as “Sisi”, the Empress was considered the finest horsewoman in Europe.  She traveled widely, hunting fox, boar and stag with the wealthiest, most skillful horsemen of Hungary, England and Ireland. She was murdered by a madman at Lake Geneva in 1898. Her “ghost”, in black riding habit, is seen on the platform beside an official of the Royal Bavarian State Railways supervising the unloading of three of her horses to be used during her stay.  Though sixteen years have elapsed between the day of her murder and this moment in 1914, the Bavarian people continue to revere her spirit as though she remains alive.

 

Feldafing loading horses

 

Feldafing King's Carriage

The “Sarajevo 1914 Collection”, begun in 1979, has been and continues to be assembled
in partnership with Ingrid Bitter, Director MC W. Schueler, Stuttgart

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