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Erzherzog Ludwig Viktor | © DomQuartier Salzburg

Archduke Ludwig Viktor

In 1866, Emperor Franz Joseph bought Schloss Klessheim for his brother Archduke Ludwig Viktor. The exhibition at the Salzburger DomQuartier marking the 100th anniversary of the Archduke’s death reveals fascinating details about the life he led for the first time.

Emperor Franz Joseph’s youngest brother and his Schloss Klessheim

This exhibition project hosted at the DomQuartier reveals a number of intriguing details, many of which are being made public for the very first time, about the life and times of Archduke Ludwig Viktor. In addition, we are also introduced to the curious circumstances associated with the purchase of Klessheim. A separate section is devoted to artworks from Ludwig Viktor’s private collection, works which, since his death, have been owned by the city and province of Salzburg.

About Archduke Ludwig Viktor

In 1866, Emperor Franz Joseph purchased Schloss Klessheim as a summer residence for his brother, the 24-year-old Archduke Ludwig Viktor. One reason for buying this palace was to give his homosexual brother a little more privacy, especially since he was under constant public scrutiny. As the years went by, Ludwig Viktor extended his periods of residence at Schloss Klessheim far beyond the summer season. This also explains why, from 1880 to 1882, he had architect Heinrich von Ferstel build a small winter palace for him on the grounds (which would subsequently become known as the Cavalier House).

Until the end of 1903, Ludwig Viktor actively participated in the social life of the Vienna court. However, due to his health problems, the Archduke dissolved his Vienna household in 1904 and made Klessheim is year-round permanent residence. In 1915, he was placed under guardianship, eventually passing away in his winter palace on January 18, 1919.

Opening times
  • Wed to Mon, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (doors close at 4 p.m.)


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