Members of the Club (free to join) benefit from:
- discount off the published prices of any journey.
Fay says, "The Austro-Hungarian Empire has vanished into the mists of time, leaving only fading memories, ornate architecture - and this lovingly re-created Imperial Train. Gottfried Rieck is a self-made entrepreneur who began working life as a stoker on Austrian Railways' steam locomotives, and who combined a passion for trains and an appreciation of Austrian history in the stroke of genius which is the Majestic Train de Luxe."
About the Majestic Train de Luxe
As you approach the Majestic Train, the atmosphere of the past is redolent of romance and mystery. On boarding, one's breath is taken away by the sumptuous elegance of a bygone era.
These luxury carriages are based on the imperial train of the Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi), the Imperial Express. Surrounded by the splendour of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, one can absorb the magic of days gone by. Sisi's favourite colour was blue, which is used in the carriage named after her, whilst other carriages sport rich golds or deep greens, wood-carved Italian chairs and paintings of the Royal family. The ambiance created by these carriages during the day, turns into a romantic setting by night..
The Ambassador Car
Ambassador seats up to 36 guests for fine dining and features a beautiful piano bar. Part of the original curtain of the Emperor's balcony at the Vienna State Opera is prominently displayed, featuring the hand woven crest of the Monarch.
The Salon Elisabeth
Salon Elisabeth has 24 dining seats in the salon and 24 luxury compartment seats in 4 private compartments and is named for the legendary Empress Elisabeth, lovingly known as "Sissy", the travelling Empress. The original curtain from the Emperor's balcony in the Vienna State Opera hangs in the Salon, with freshwater pearls from the Danube.
Equipage seats 36 guests, and has a bar. The curtains are the same as at the Schönbrunn Castle, the summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. Tables and chairs can be moved as required, for lectures, a ballroom dance floor or other arrangement of choice.
Excelsior replicates a carriage in the original Imperial Train and affords a 360 degree panoramic view. There is seating for up to 43 guests as well as a bar and a dance floor. The original mirror of Empress Elisabeth's carriage hangs in Excelsior.
Salon 1 is a replica of Emperor Franz Josef I's 1905 parlour car designed for up to 14 people. It was manufactured in Prague by Ringhofer-Smichow, which also constructed the original Imperial Train in 1891. Amenities include 14 dinner seats and 18 regular seats in the coupés. There is a bar, a cloakroom and two lavatories. The additional 18 seats in 3 luxury compartments exude cosiness, known as "Gemütlichkeit", for which Austria's coffee-houses are famous. Here too there is a 360 panoramic view.
Itineraries - 2016/2017
Festival in the Wachau – by Steam Train
in the Imperial style - a steam journey to Spitz on the river Danube. Experience
a delicious gourmet menu and enjoy the unforgettable event of the
Midsummer Festival by the river Danube, culminating in a fantastic firework
display that lights up the Wachauer sky. Midnight snack on the return journey on the train.
Included: Welcome at the platform with sparkling wine, exclusive train ride to Spitz, fireworks, 3 course menu & midnight snack incl. beverages (except spirits) on board
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 16:30hrs, arriving back at 01:30hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before. *Minimum numbers to operate
and Prices 2017
2017: EUR 225 per person
Castle Hof in the Advent Season
What better way to arrive at a Christmas market than by a luxurious train. The historical Meierhof of the imperial Castle Hof presents itself as the venue for a traditional Christmas market with a wonderful festive atmosphere. There is a guided tour of The imperial Schloss Hof, which was built for Prince Eugene of Savoy and is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture. A Christmas concert of the Marchfeld philharmonic orchestra, held in the main ballroom, will get you in the mood for the peaceful season of the year.
Included: Champagne welcome; Christmas journey to Bad Deutsch Altenburg; bus transfer to the castle; lunch at the Meierei; guided tour of the castle with concert in the ballroom; visit to the Christmas market; return journey to Vienna whilst enjoying a delicious dinner; all drinks consumed on the train, except spirits.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 11:00hrs, arriving back at 20:00hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before. *Minimum numbers to operate.
Dates and Prices 2016/2017
2016: EUR 255 per person
2017: EUR 262 per person
The Majestic New Year
Vienna, the city of light and of waltzes, of past glories and present celebrations - the Christmas markets are still in full swing. Then an evening to remember! What a way to celebrate the dawning of 2017, on the Majestic Train de Luxe!
The elegance of evening dress lends to the magical setting, whilst to the accompaniment of Strauss waltzes, the train circles Vienna with a multi-course gala dinner.
The Majestic stops on a bridge over the Danube, just before the clocks chime midnight, to watch the fantastic firework displays in the skies over this wonderful Austrian city. Finally with the traditional "Alles Walzer" being called out and the music of the inspired waltz 'By the Beautiful Blue Danube' starting up, dancing into the New Year is the perfect start to 2015, as the train slowly returns to Franz-Josefs station.
Departs Franz Josefs Bahnhof at 19:30hrs, arriving back at 02:15hrs. Times subject to change and confirmed 30 days before. *Minimum numbers to operate.
Dates and Prices 2016/2017
2016: EUR 395 per person
2017: EUR 405 per person
Private Train Charters
The Train caters for private and corporate groups from 20 (or less) to up to 150 guests. Larger groups can be accommodated with additional heritage carriages. The carriages are built to modern standards, allowing one or more to be attached to regular scheduled trains for smaller groups.
In addition to the photos in the gallery at the top of this page, there are many more images here showing the Majestic Imperator in its full glory. Photos include layouts of cabins and seating. See more Majestic Imperator images
*Numbers: Minimum number of participants: 60 persons. The right for possible scheduling changes is reserved.
Beverages: Included except for spirits.
Booking & Reservations
All prices are at publicly-quoted rates. We will be happy to answer any questions and make the booking for you, as well as bookings for corporate and private train charters - contact us in the UK : +44 (0)1249 890205 or firstname.lastname@example.org Please sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed of interesting trains and special offers.