Pfeiffer, Ida

BORN 14 Oct 1797, Wien - DIED 27 Oct 1858, Wien
BIRTH NAME Reyer, Ida Laura
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Zentralfriedhof, Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Simmering (Gruppe 0, Reihe 01, Nummer 12)

Ida Pfeiffer was one of the first female explorers. Her books about her travels were widely read. She was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and was educated like a boy. Her father died when she was nine and after that her mother gave her a more conservative upbringing. When Napoleon paraded through Schönbrunn in 1809 she protested by turning her back to him.

In 1820 she married the lawyer Dr. Mark Anton Pfeiffer who was 24 years her senior. They had two sons and he died in 1838. Ida had always wanted to travel and after her sons left home she undertook five grand voyages, visiting the Near East, North and South America, China, India and Madagascar. She collected plants, insects and other objects during her travels and published accounts of her adventures.

She died in 1858 and was buried at the Marxer Friedhof in Vienna. In 1892 her remains were transferred to the Zentraldfriedhof in Vienna.


The grave of Ida Pfeiffer at the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)


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Published: 19 Jun 2015
Last update: 18 Aug 2022