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Mayerling

village on the Schwechat River in eastern Lower Austria (Niederosterreich), 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Vienna. It is the site of a hunting lodge (now a Carmelite convent) where the Habsburg crown prince, Archduke Rudolf, and his paramour Mary Vetsera committed suicide under mysterious circumstances in January 1889. See Rudolf, Archduke and Crown Prince of Austria.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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