The ethereal, stunningly beautiful wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, Sissi was extraordinarily astute. Despite her apparent fragility, she enjoyed perfect health and travelled the length and breadth of Europe, always adored and revered by her subjects. This is how she is described by Karl Platino Junior, Onkel Taa, a refined and eminent collector of all things Hapsburg. During her travels, says Onkel Taa, Sissi loved to stop off at Bad Egart for a delightful sojourn with mineral-water therapy at the ancient spa, which dates back to Roman times. She would be preceded by her ladies, who made sure everything would be fit for an empress. Surrounded and cosseted by them and protected by her imperial escort, it was the legend of Vienna itself that came to Val Venosta.