Barbara Káli-Rozmis, Researcher of Empress Elisabeth of Austria

Book: Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarian – Friendship or Love?

by Barbara Káli-Rozmis

The Recommendation was written by Archduke Michael von Habsburg-Lothringen, great-great-grandson of Empress-Queen Elisabeth. Special thanks to Count János Seremetyeff-Papp, who helped with a lot of valuable advice and the picture selection (many of the images are from the Family Archive of the Hungarian branch of the Habsburg family). Read more about the book 5HERE.

On this page, you can read about some interviews given by me, as well as about some projects in which I am involved.



Nők Lapja (“Women’s Magazine”), 2022. február 16.

Three-pages interview with Barbara Káli-Rozmis about her book in Nők Lapja (“Women’s Magazine”), which has been one of the leading weekly magazines in Hungary since 1949. (The replica of Empress-Queen Elisabeth’s first Hungarian ceremonial gown worn by the author of the book was made by Mónika Czédly.)

A three-page interview in the “Közeli” column of Nők Lapja: “A Cloudwalk with Sisi – Barbara Káli-Rozmis, researcher of Queen Elisabeth”

The interview was conducted by Emese Dudics about my work and my book Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarians – Friendship or Love.

Read the beginning of the interview online for free: HERE








M5 História – 8 January 2022. Sisi and the Reconciliation

The programme focuses on important, fate-turning events, controversial issues and mysterious happenings in Hungarian history. In the first episode, one gets an insight into the life of Queen Elisabeth. In addition to cultural history, we look at the Queen’s Hungarian connections and her role in the Reconciliation.

Hosted by Szilárd Horváth

The one-hour-programme can be watched on YouTube: M5 História – Sisi


Metropol, 10 January 2022.

A two-page newspaper article was published in Metropol by László Bóka, the historian of Erzsébetváros. We had a long and very pleasant conversation about the Queen, and about my book Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarians. I am grateful to him for finding my book a worthy and excellent publication dedicated to the memory of Elisabeth. Part of the article can be read online: Metropol – Sisi

Metropol is a free daily newspaper of the Hungarian capital, Budapest.




Radió Bézs – 8 June 2022, 8:00 pm

On the occasion of the anniversary of the coronation (8 June 1867), Tamás Zoltán talked to Barbara Káli-Rozmis about her book “Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarians – Friendship or Love?“, published last October.

You can listen to the aprox. one hour programme here (the programme starts after some music): Here – 15 May 2022. It is disgraceful that Sisi’s story was turned into Game of Thrones
Interview by Tímea Gulisio with Barbara Káli-Rozmis

“There are historical figures around whom legends abound and whose lives are interesting for the general public. One such is Queen Elisabeth, wife of Franz Joseph, known as Sisi, about whom a series has been presented recently. But how much of what we see on TV has to do with reality?
She was beautiful, and her life was marked by a series of tragedies, so it is not surprising that books, films and series are still being made about Queen Elisabeth. Most recently, RTL Klub presented a series called Sisi. But how accurate is the historical reality of what we see on TV? We asked Barbara Káli-Rozmis, author of the book Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarians.” The interview can be read HERE.


Austrian Radio, ORF Ungarisches Magazin: Austrian – Hungarian Festive Traditions

“The visitors of the Wiener Christmas Salon could get acquainted with the book Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarians, published in October by Barbara Káli-Rozmis, Helikon Kiadó. The publication includes contemporary memoirs, diary entries and private letters on the story of Elisabeth.”

The event was the subject of a radio report (reporter: Alexandra Nagy), broadcast by ORF Ungarisches Magazin. You can also listen to excerpts from the report: Austrian – Hungarian Festive Traditions

The full event can be watched here (in Hungarian): Book presentation and Queen Elisabeth’s dress replicas by Mónika Czédly at the Wiener Christmas Salon.


M1 TV riport – I.RoyalCake event at Royal Palace of Gödöllő

On 9 November 2019, at the I.RoyalCake event, TV report by Szilvia Bognár focuses on cakes and sweets. Interviews with Eilika Habsburg (the main patron of the event), Veronika Magyarné Fekete (the main organiser of the competition), the two winners of the competition (from the many winning creations) – including the grand prize winner and his/her creation. Monika Halmos and Barbara Káli-Rozmis were asked about Sisi’s favourite sweets and Elisabeth’s appearance. Mónika Czédly fashion designer were asked about her authentic replicas of the Queen’s dresses. And, of course, with Queen Elisabeth’s impersonator, Viktória Vas was also interviews wearing Mónika Czédly’s dreamy dress.



Interview in “Új Néplap”, March, 2020

Nóra P. Pusztai, a journalist of Új Néplap, the daily newspaper of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county, interviewed me, the text is also available online. The “Csépa connection” refers to the fact that my father’s family is of noble origin (Rozmis) and the Rozmis, together with other noble families, were involved in the foundation of Csépa (“Noble Csépa”) centuries ago. My dad lived in Csépa until he was 15, when he went to secondary school and his parents moved away from the village.
I was delighted to give a lecture in Csépa in February, it was an honour.
Thank you very much to Nóra P. Pusztai for interviewing me.

Read the interview online:  Erzsébet királyné korát kutatja a csépai kötődésű fiatal lány



Palace Elisabeth Hotel Opening Ceremony (Barbara Káli-Rozmis and Mónika Czédly fashion designer – replicas of Elisabeth’s dresses) Hvar Island, Croatia
Photo by Márk Széchenyi
Publications about the Empress and her family

In English: Empress Elisabeth

In Hungarian: Erzsébet királyné

Youtube channel (subtitled in English): Elisabeth on YouTube (Barbara Káli-Rozmis) 

Facebook: Empress Elisabeth  (Hungarian-English posts)

Programs: Presentations of Barbara Káli-Rozmis: Programs

Interviews: Interviews (Hungarian)




Queen Elisabeth and the Hungarian – Friendship or Love?
Author: Barbara Káli-Rozmis

Lector: Historian Patricia Zita Pálinkás
Publisher: Helikon Kiadó, October 2021 (Language: Hungarian)

The author of the book is the researcher of Empress-Queen Elisabeth. The historical facts and contexts are interpreted in a comprehensible and readable way, the book almost seems to be a novel. Nevertheless, the work is by no means a fiction, as events come to life using authentic contemporary reports, recollections, diary entries and private letters. Many of the source materials have not been processed or published to such depth until now. Dialogues have been reconstructed as authentically as possible – so they are not only “based” on the sources, but were recorded by the contemporaries of Empress-Queen Elisabeth. The understandable and readable form of the scholarly book is intended to reach a wider readership. Through a novel approach, the readers become acquainted with historical characters by engaging themselves in a series of events.

Read more about the book here: My book

Purchase the Hungarian edition: Click here.


Publishing: The Hungarian edition of The Diary of Countess Marie Festetics

Authors: Beatrix Meyer – Gudula Walterskirchen

Helikon Kiadó, 2019

Translator: Lídia Nádori

Lector-editor of the Hungarian publication: Barbara Káli-Rozmis

Purchase the Hungarian edition: Click here.


Publishing: The Hungarian edition of Jean des Cars’ book: Ferenc József és Sisi

Helikon Kiadó, 2019

Translator: Ágnes Tótfalusi 

Lector-editor: Barbara Káli-Rozmis

Purchase the Hungarian edition: Click here.



The Visits of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Britain and its Impact on the English and Irish People

by Barbara Káli-Rozmis

Abstract – No.: DOI 10.51313/alumni-2020-2

This paper focuses on the impact the visits of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1854-1898) and Queen consort of Hungary (1867-1898) had on the British and Irish people. Elisabeth is mostly remembered as being one of the most beautiful women of her time. However, she was also one of the best women riders of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. It might not be an exaggeration to say that her name can be mentioned among the best who have ever ridden in the British Isles. In Britain, between 1874 and 1882 the Empress stayed seven times: five times in England and twice in Ireland. The English said that “there was nothing but praise for a woman [Empress Elisabeth] who ‘looked like an angel and rode like the devil’” (Haslip 1987: 325).

Download the article (English) from here: Freeside Europe (free pdf)

Palace Elisabeth Hotel Opening Ceremony – September 2019

Hvar Island, Croatia

With Mónica Czédly fasion designer (authentic replicas of the gowns of Empress Elisabeth)



TCS Summit 2018: Europe’s premier leadership conference. InterContinental Budapest, 26-28 September 2018

Queen Elisabeth Program (optional program during the conference): “In the footsteps of Sisi” – Barbara Káli-Rozmis and Erika Mausch

Presentations about Queen Elisabeth at places connected to her (Royal Waiting Room in Western Railway Station; Castle District; Matthias Church; Gerbeaud Confectionery; Vigado Hall)





Stefánia Palace, Budapest, 25 November 2018 – the whole program is in Hungarian
Presentation by Barbara Káli-Rozmis and an Exhibition by Mónika Czédly


  • Budapest Dance Studio: Viennese Waltz and Hungarian Dances – “Palotás” and “Csárdás”. Song from Elizabeth Musical (in Hungarian) by Anita Potvorszki. Budapest Dance Studio: Blue Danube Waltz. Song from Rudolf Musical (in Hungarian) by Anita Potvorszki.
  • Presentation of Barbara Káli-Rozmis, the researcher of Empress and Queen Elisabeth
  • Exhibition: Replicas of Queen Elisabeth’s Dresses and presentation about them by Mónika Czédly
  • (Optional program) Gastronomic time travel: Dishes that Elisabeth was fond of
TEMPT – The Empress Memory Team

The aim of the TEMPT – The Empress Memory Team is founded to keep the memory of Elisabeth alive with a view of presenting the unbiased and up to date image of the Empress in front of our Readers and Audience.

Facebook: TEMPT Princess;  Elisabeth-Page – Facebook: Erzsébet királyné – Empress Elisabeth

Queen Elisabeth and her daughter, Gisela, the other “Hungarian Princess”