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 Marie Antoinette in Pressburg (Bratislava) 
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Hi, This is reprinted from the Welcome part of the board. I am putting it here, too, in case some readers don't read the introductions. I feel that there is a good chance that Marie Antoinette was in this city, Pressburg (Bratislava). Many of the famous people who have been here are well known and it would be wonderful if this city could add Marie Antoinette's name to the many other famous people who were here. If you have any information or suggestions on how to find out, please let me know. Thank you.


I became interested in Marie Antoinette because I was doing study in preparation for guiding tourists in Bratislava, Slovakia (Pressburg). Most people here in Bratislava know that Maria Theresia often stayed in the Pressburg Castle (only about a 45 min. drive from Vienna), and probably through this connection I began to wonder, indeed assumed, that Marie Antoinette had stayed at the castle, too.

When I start giving tours, I want to make sure that everything is accurate. However, I read numerous recent histories and I soon realised that there was no evidence that Marie Antoinette visited the castle as a child or a teenager.

I read Maria Theresia's court chamberlain's diary, and it does mention in detail numerous visits by Maria Theresia's and her sons and daughters, including Max and Ferdinand, and Josepha (in 1764) to Pressburg. Max visited that year even though he was younger than Antoinette, and Ferdinand is only one year older. Josepha was 12 or 13 and she also visits. Unfortunately, when Marie Antoinette is 12-14 (1768-1769), the diary is missing, lost, or destroyed. In 1770 the diary resumes, but the few months that Marie Antoinette is still in Vienna is largely about her getting prepared for her journey to France.

If you have information regarding any visit to Pressburg by Marie Antoinette (before the age of 15) please let me know.

Prince Albert and Maria Christina lived in Pressburg Castle from 1768-1780 in a palace that Maria Theresia had attached to the castle specifically for them. Prince Albert was one of the people whom Maria Theresia approved for Marie Antoinette to write while she was in France. Even though I am aware that Maria Christina had rocky relations with her siblings (in part due to her marriage to Prince Albert, that was by Maria Christina's choice, and not dictated, I am hopeful that this poor relationship would not have become so harsh even when Marie Antoinette was 12-14, to prevent a visit. Maria Theresia is said to have loved having her children about her and the chamberlain's diary seems to bear this out.

Is there any book of Prince Albert's letters or a diary that he kept, or a diary by Maria Christina, that might have information about a visit by Marie Antoinette to Bratislava (Pressburg)?


Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:07 am
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Post Re: Marie Antoinette in Pressburg (Bratislava)
Indeed it seems likely she would have stayed there at some stage, but how to find out?! I personally would be very interested in any such information on Marie Antoinette's life prior to leaving for France, weekend retreats , family second homes etc. apart from Laxenburg and Schönbrunn of course, which are well documented.

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Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:17 am
Post Re: Marie Antoinette in Pressburg (Bratislava)
Thank you for your reply. I think there is a strong likelihood that she did indeed visit Pressburg before 1770; but I have to find the evidence. When I do, if I do, I'll inform this board.


Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:54 am
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