The Imperial Crypt (German: Kaisergruft), also called the Capuchin Crypt (Kapuzinergruft), is a burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1618 and dedicated in 1632, and located on the Neuer Markt square of the Innere Stadt, near the Hofburg Palace. Since 1633, the Imperial Crypt serves as the principal place of entombment for the members of the House of Habsburg. The bones of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses. The visible 107 metal sarcophagi and five heart urns range in style from puritan plain to exuberant rococo. Some of the dozen resident Capuchin friars continue their customary role as the guardians and caretakers of the crypt, along with their other pastoral work in Vienna. The most recent entombment was in 2011.150
Anna of Tyrol1, wife of Emperor Matthias2 conceived the idea of a Capuchin cloister and burial crypt for herself and her husband, to be built in the neighborhood of the Hofburg castle in Vienna. She provided funds for it in the will she made on 10 November 1617, and soon made the funds available by dying just a year later. Her spouse followed a year after that.
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Tudor Barladeanu | Apr 15, 2018
One of the things that you must not miss in Vienna. The sarcophagi are absolutely amazing works of art. You also see what king/emperor/ruler was loved or not by the people just by how his sarcophagus looks like :) Awesome place
nettadi ben asher | Dec 22, 2017
The main attraction in this simple church is the underground place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburg. Its an interesting place to visit, the place is morbid but also beautiful the 100 (or more) metal sarcophagi, some heart urns range in style from simple and plain to elaborately decorate. One can see little coffins of children and this is touching, and signs of offerings little artifacts people place near the coffins remind the visitors that life and memory linger on.
I Mick | Feb 28, 2018
Very interesting especially if you enjoy history of royalty in Europe. Info on each one could be more informative and easier to look through.
Fraser Maclean | May 1, 2018
Interesting place, and worth a visit if you enjoy the macabre. However, it is very small so don't expect to stay here long, bit pricey for the size also
Conor Davis | Mar 26, 2018
Easy to visit. Worthwhile knowing you stuff before, some very influencial people burried there.
Rachel Hepburn | Jun 9, 2018
Breathtaking ! Worth paying an extra couple of Euros for a guided tour available in German and English. The Hapsburg family are a vast complicated family. The guide gave us some extra info such as cause of death, personality traits etc. All signs beside sarcophagus are in German.
Mi Wu | Jun 4, 2018
It would be a bit more entertaining if they could add a new addition of languages with the visuals and a bit more information ...
BradJill Travels | Jun 13, 2018
One of attractions in the historic city centre of Vienna that have very much enjoyed visiting is the Imperial Crypt (Kapuzinergruft) found at Neur Market, just off Kaerntner Strasse. The Imperial Crypt (€5.50 adult, €4.50 children) is a remarkable collection of decorative tombs, which serve as the final resting place for 145 members of the Royal Hapsburgs, one of the most important ruling families in European history. Twelve different emperors and eighteen empress tombs can be seen in this astonishing crypt. Kapuzinergruft is quite tastefully organised and laid out, it is not macabre nor does it give off the eerie feeling you can get when making crypt visits. Instead you see elegantly designed and crafted tombs laid out across various rooms and vaults, some exquisite and elaborate, while others much less extraordinary. One of our personal favourites is that of Austria's last Emperor, Franz Joseph, who is held in a plain and simple tomb with minimal markings and decoration, indicative of his humber and grounded character. In the end, we find the Imperial Crypt to be one of the best of the Royal attractions in Vienna and have very much enjoyed seeing this attraction when in Vienna. Hint: The entrance to the crypt is on the right side of the Capuchin church if you are facing its entrance. As such, to find this attraction, simply make your way to the distinctive red coloured church in the square and you will easily find the Imperial Crypt.
Ricardo Ferre | May 14, 2018
Sumptuous crypt and sarcophages. The spread of the Habsburg in Europe is on display here.
Jassja Addams | Jun 20, 2018
Very special place. Hard to believe your eyes. You face masterpieces not just coffins. The most powerful and important people found their piece here. Highly recommend to read some facts aboubt lives and impact of these imperors into the world history.
abhinav kapoor | Jun 17, 2018
Better to take guided tour and book them in advance. The Monarchy had a big family so it's helpful to pick up the information card at the entrance.
Zolti E | Jul 7, 2018
I have been many times in the Cript and I've impressed asI see the grave of the great people of history. Amazing
Keith Bridges | Aug 10, 2018
Astonishing place with some amazing sarcophagi... we didn't expect anything like it. An hour is plenty, but well worth taking a look.
Laurens Handels | Aug 16, 2018
A nice place to visit when you are in Vienna, but it is rather small. You can see the whole place in 30 mins if you want to. Also information is rather limited when you don't take an audio tour. Price wise it is a bit too expensive for my liking.
Eddie Wang | Aug 10, 2018
The imperial crypt of the habsburg family. Magnificent bronze sarcophagi in it's various underground chambers. I would rate this as a must so in Vienna.
Charles Reynolds | Aug 16, 2018
I arrived just in time for a guided tour in English! This was an awesome finish to a day of cemetery walks for me.
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