The Austria-Hungary empire was one of the greatest empires in Europe in the 19th century. The first World War, however, put an end to a centuries-old monarchy. Comprising large part of what is now Austria, Northern Italy, Hungary, Czech Republik, Slowakia, and many other Central-European nations, as well as current Belgium and parts of France and Germany were once under Austrian rule.
The most well-known of the Habsburg Imperial family is perhaps Sissi, or Empress Elisabeth, immortalised in many romantic movies. But the family can boast many great rulers and important historical figures. We’re looking forward to adding more information in the future.
On July 4, 2011, Archduke Otto of Habsburg, the eldest son of the last Austrian emperor, died at his residence, Villa Austria, in Pöcking (Bavaria), surrounded by his seven children. He was 98 years old. His death signals the end of an era. For more information on Archduke Otto, please check this blog.