Hermes Villa in the Lainz Game Reserve

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Wien Museum Hermes Villa

The Hermes Villa is located in the Lainz Game Reserve and was once gifted by Emperor Franz Joseph as a "Palace of Dreams" to Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sisi, in order to keep her in Vienna more often. Carl von Hasenauer, a well-known architect of Vienna's Ringstrasse, built the romantic little palace from 1882 to 1886. The name of the Hermes Villa is derived from the statue of Hermes, which stands in the palace garden. Today, the lavishly furnished building is considered to be an outstanding example of late-romantic villa construction and was designed by the best artists of Historicism, including Gustav Klimt and Franz Matsch.

Tip: Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.

On the ground floor of the villa, there is an exhibition on the history of the house and its occupants, with personal objects of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth, as well as original furniture that conveys a sense of the imperial lifestyle of the time. The huge bed of state in the Empress's bedroom dates from the time of Maria Theresa.

Hermes Villa in the Lainz Game Reserve
© WienTourismus/Gregor Hofbauer

In the restaurant "Hermes", visitors can enjoy gastronomic specialties with a focus on Viennese cuisine and game dishes. The restaurant offers neo-rustic accents with hunting motifs.

Visit the Hermes Villa and experience the history of the house and its occupants, as well as the magnificent architecture and delightful gardens in the Lainz Game Reserve.


Lainzer Tiergarten
1130 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • 1st Sunday of the month: Free admission
  • Opening times

    • 15 March 2024 to 01 November 2024
    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Closed in winter

  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Access: Not approachable by car because the Lainz Game Reserve is a natural conservation area. Shuttle service on specific days between Lainzer Tor and Hermesvilla for people with special needs, alternating Sat 2 pm–4 pm and Tue 10 am–noon. Registration by telephone on Tel. +43 1 505 87 47 – 85173 or email: Meeting point: Lainzer Tor. Please bring your handicapped ID. Return from Hermesvilla to Lainzer Tor at 3:30 pm (on Saturdays) and 11:50 am (on Tuesdays).

    • Comments

      Special exhibition area in the ground floor accessible by wheelchair, wheelchair for rental and seats available, exhibition areas in the 2nd and 3rd floor not accessible by wheelchair. Shop and restaurant accessible via platform lift.

Hermes Café Restaurant Labstelle

Hermesvilla / Lainzer Tiergarten
1130 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 09:00 - 18:30
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 18:30
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