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  Iris and Relinde admiring a painting of Sissi.
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  • Iris and Relinde admiring a painting of Sissi. - Corfu Island
      Iris and Relinde admiring a painting of Sissi.
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  • A nice ornament on the wall. - Corfu Island
      A nice ornament on the wall.
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  • Who is that in the mirror? - Corfu Island
      Who is that in the mirror?
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When we decided to return inside we read something interesting about the palace. After the dead of Sissi in 1898 Achilleion was not inhabited for 9 years, until it was purchase by the Emperor of Gemany Vilhelm II in 1907. The Kaiser made several alterations inside and outside the palace. He removed the 2 statues of Achilles, built a building, which he named the House of the Knights, in order to house his battalion and he rearranged the gardens.

Once inside, we (again) admired the personal belongings of Elisabeth and Vilhelm, like furniture, jewels, et cetera. There was also an exhibition of statues representing heroes from ancient Greek history and mythology, as well as portraits and photos. We were impressed by the beautiful Achilleion and do think that it is a must see. On the other hand we were very glad to finally leave the large crowd of people behind us and enjoy a nice cold frapé at a picturesque and quiet terrace.

Unique Suggestions: Travel by footh (a nice walk from the beach) or by car. Try to avoid a bus trip. Whenever you do this it will mean that you will arrive with a lot of people at the same time and have little moving space to explore the palace. We went to the palace just in between the arrival of two busses and were able to walk around in our own pace and take pictures without all those people on it :-)

The palace of Achilleion, Gastouri.

Situated at the south side of the island. It's a 10 km drive from the capital of Corfu, Corfu Town.

Fun Alternatives: Visit the little villages of Pontikonissi or Benitzes, which are close-by.

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2007
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