L'Alsace, Ottmarsheim. Foto/Photo: TES

The Via Habsburg

The House of Habsburg was one of Europe’s most influential royal houses. From 996 to 1815, the rulers of this dynasty had a decisive influence on culture and history. They shaped the future of Europe.

Ententes and disputes, power struggles and territorial conquests, and times of war and peace divided peoples but reunited them and formed alliances, which endure over time.

The 800-year-old history of the Habsburgs is preserved in sites covering thousands of square kilometres in western and central Europe. Palaces, castles, magnificent churches, monasteries, abbeys, splendid museums and monuments show how this dynastic family shaped not only history but also art, transmitting the riches of the Renaissance and, at the time of its decline, provoking the modernist revolt.

70 sites and cities in four countries and six regions invite visitors to journey through timeless landscapes and extraordinary places.

Throughout the Tyrol (Austria), Switzerland, Lake Constance, Black Forest (Germany) and Alsace and Lorraine regions (France), there are no fewer than 150  destinations.

Source and further information: Via Habsburg