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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.”
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.
These magical journeys are accompanied by unforgettable Viennese waltzes and fine dining created by the famous Austrian chef, Toni Mörwald.
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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 replicates a carriage in the original Imperial Train which took over 6000 hours to redesign, and affords a 360 degree panoramic view. Excelsior seats up to 43 guests for dining. There is a bar and a dance floor with a BOSE music system. 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 vcr, 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.
The Imperial Tour on Mother’s Day
Sisi is the affectionate name by which Elisabeth of Austria (1837 – 1898) was known. She was Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and loved train travel.
Following on Sisi’s tracks, this is a delightful day trip to Budapest, which includes time to explore this beautiful city and Sisi’s favourite castle, Gödöllő Palace (which is one of the world’s largest baroque castles). Within opulent surroundings, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the way out and a gourmet dinner on the return in the evening.
Included: A Viennese breakfast on the train; musical welcome at Budapest station before a bus transfer into the city for lunch; visit to Sisi’s castle with guided tours; transfer back to the city of Budapest for a guided city tour; return to the train for dinner on board whilst returning to Vienna; all drinks consumed on the train.
Dates and Prices
2013 - May 12
Departure: 08:45 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 22:45 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
€ 348 pp.
Midsummer Festival in the Wachau – by Steam Train
Travel in the Imperial style – a steam journey to Spitz on the river Danube. Experience a delicious gourmet menu and enjoy the unforgettable event of the Midsummer Festival by the river Danube, culminating in a fantastic firework display that lights up the Wachauer sky. Dinner is served onboard at a station, after which one can walk to the riverside to watch the fireworks.
Included: Luxury steam train tour; 4 course gourmet dinner; Midsummer festival by the river Danube; all drinks consumed on the train.
Dates and Prices
2013 – June 22
Departure: 15.00 hrs Vienna, Heiligenstadt, platform 5
Arrival: 00.55 hrs Vienna, Heiligenstadt
€ 247 pp.
World Cultural Heritage – The Semmering Railway
This interesting event is a journey on the scenic Semmering railway, visiting the historical station of Mürzzuschlag where one can study the history of the Semmering railway. It has been in use for 150 years and still impresses the traveller with its varied landscape, the typical style of its mansions and the characteristic sequence of viaducts and tunnel constructions.
Included: Luxury train journey; guided tour of Mürzzuschlag station; gourmet dinner on the return journey; all drinks consumed on the train.
Dates and Prices
2013 – August 3
Departure: 14.00 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 22.00 hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Loisium – Celebrating its 10th Anniversary
Enjoy a fascinating journey to the 10th anniversary of the Loisium World of Wine. Situated on the edge of Langenlois, in the midst of rolling vineyards, these 900 year old cellars received a modernisation made possible by three families combining together to produce a unique complex of contemporary architecture, around ancient buildings, with traditional viniculture.
Full programme details for the celebration ceremony to follow.
Included: Train journey to Langenlois; traditional musical welcome; guided tour for all events and locations at the Loisium; lunch at Loisium; all drinks on the train and at Loisium; wine tasting on the return journey to Vienna,
Dates and Prices
2013 – September 8
Departure: 09.30hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 18.30hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Vienna to the Adriatic Coast
A luxurious five-day voyage that is full of nostalgia as the Majestic Imperial Train travels from Vienna to Opatija (Croatia). This historical route across the Semmering mountains to the Adriatic coast is an experience not be to missed. On arrival in the ancient town of Opatija, one has four days to explore this area and relax on the beach
Included: Welcome drinks (sparkling wine) and a light meal on the way to Opatija; luggage transfer to the hotel; 4 nights at the Hotel Miramar (according to booking category with half board); luggage transfer and a gourmet dinner on the return journey to Vienna.
Dates and Prices
2013 – October 27 to 31
Departure: 08.00hrs on 27 October, Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 22.45hrs on 31 October, Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Minimum price: € 1,090 pp– according to hotel category
Castle Hof in the Advent Season
What better way to arrive at a Christmas market than by a luxurious train. The historical Meierhof of the imperial castle Hof presents itself as the venue for a traditional Christmas market with a wonderful festive atmosphere. The imperial Schloss Hof, which was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy, is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture. A Christmas concert of the Marchfeld philharmonic orchestra will get you in the mood for the peaceful season of the year.
Included: Christmas journey to Bad Deutsch Altenburg; bus transfer to the castle; lunch at the Meierei; guided tour in the castle with concert in the castle´s main hall; visit to the Christmas market; return journey to Vienna whilst enjoying a delicious dinner; all drinks consumed on the train.
Dates and Prices
2013 – December 8
Departure: 11.00hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 20.15hrs Vienna, Franz-Josef-Station
The Majestic New Year
What an evening to remember! What a way to celebrate the dawning of 2014! Vienna, the city of light and of waltzes, of past glories and present celebrations – the Christmas markets are still in full swing.
Can there be a better way to enjoy New Year in Vienna than on the Majestic Train de Luxe.
The elegance of evening dress lends to the magical setting, whilst to the accompaniment of Strauss waltzes, we circle Vienna with a multi-course gala dinner.
The Majestic stops on a bridge over the Danube, just before the clocks chime midnight, to watch the fantastic firework displays in the skies over this wonderful Austrian city. Finally with the traditional “Alles Walzer” being called out and the music of the inspired waltz ’By the Beautiful Blue Danube’ starting up, dancing into the New Year is the perfect start to 2014, as the train slowly returns to Franz-Josefs station.
Dates and Prices
31st December 2013
Departure: 19:30hrs Vienna Franz-Josef-Station
Arrival: 02.15hrs Vienna Franz-Josef-Station
Private Train Charters
The Train caters for private and corporate groups from 20 (or less) to up to 150 guests. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional heritage carriages. The carriages are built to modern standards, allowing one or more to be attached to regular scheduled trains for smaller groups.
In addition to the photos in the gallery at the top of this page, there are many more images here showing the Majestic Imperator in its full glory. Photos include layouts of cabins and seating. See more Majestic Imperator images
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