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Majestic Train de Luxe Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Europe
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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.”
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 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
International Nostalgic Event – 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: Champagne reception; brunch with a variety of drinks; guided tour of Mürzzuschlag station; light snacks on the return journey; all drinks consumed on the train.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 10:00hrs, arriving back at 18:45hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before
Dates and Prices
2014 – June 8
EUR 275 per person
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 served on the train 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: Champagne reception; dinner; fireworks and the Midsummer festival by the river Danube; all drinks consumed on the train.
Departs Heiligenstadt at 15:55hrs, arriving back at 00:55hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before
Dates and Prices
2014 – June 21
EUR 245 per person
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 Champagne breakfast and light snacks 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.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 08:00hrs, arriving back at 22:45hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before
Dates and Prices
2014 – October 26 depart, October 30 arrive.
EUR 1,220 per person
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: Champagne welcome; Christmas journey to Bad Deutsch Altenburg; bus transfer to the castle; lunch at the Meierei; guided tour of the castle with concert in the ballroom; visit to the Christmas market; return journey to Vienna whilst enjoying a delicious dinner; all drinks consumed on the train.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 11:00hrs, arriving back at 20:15hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before
Dates and Prices
2014 – December 8
EUR 275 per person
The Majestic New Year
An evening to remember! What a way to celebrate the dawning of 2015! 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 2014
EUR 395 per person
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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