Vetsera, Mary

ROYAL MISTRESS (AUSTRIA)
BORN 19 Mar 1871, Wien - DIED 30 Jan 1889, Mayerling
GRAVE LOCATION Heiligenkreuz: cemetery of the monastery

Daughter of Baron Vetsera and Helene Baltizzi. Marie Larisch, a niece of the empress Elisabeth, introduced her to crown prince Rudolf of Austria and they became lovers.

On 30 Jan 1889 they were both found dead at Mayerling. It's unclear how Mary died. She was probably shot by Rudolph before he took his own life. Mary was secretly buried at night at the cemetery near Heiligenkreuz Monastery. A chapel was erected by her mother in her memory.

Family
• Mother: Baltazzi, Helena, Baroness Vetsera

Related persons
• is nephew/niece of Baltazzi, Alexander
• is nephew/niece of Baltazzi, Heinrich
• has a connection with Larisch, Marie, baronin von Wallersee

Sources
• Ros, Martin, Bloednacht Mayerling, Hadewijch, Antwerpen, 1989
Point de Vue (Images du Monde), Point de Vue, Créteil
Last Ride to Heiligenkreuz
• Werff, S. van der, Het drama van Mayerling, De Bataafsche Leeuw, Amsterdam, 1991
• Haslip, Joan, The Lonely empress, A Biography of Elizabeth of Austria, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1965
• Swistun, Hermann, Mary Vetsera, Gefährtin für den Tod, Ueberreuter, Wien, 1999

Images

Mary Vetsera.
 

Heiligenkreuz cemetery near Vienna. Here Mary Vetsera was buried after she was found dead together with crown prince Rudolf.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

Mary Vetsera's grave at Heiligenkreuz cemetery.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

Mary Vetsera's grave at Heiligenkreuz cemetery.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

Schloss Mayerling, where crown prince Rudolf of Austria and his mistress Mary Vetsera committed suicide.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

The chapel of Schloss Mayerling, at the exact spot where crown prince Rudolf of Austria committed suicide on 30 Jan 1889.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

The gates of Heiligenkreuz cemetery near Vienna.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 

The road to Heiligenkreuz cemetery near Vienna.
Picture by Androom (1 Feb 2001)

 


Viardot, Louis

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 26 Sep 2010