Until the end of the monarchy there was a spiral staircase in this room which had been installed for the empress in 1863
and led down into her private apartments on the ground floor.
According to various sources, this suite of rooms on the ground floor was furnished and decorated in keeping with the empress’s tastes, and included lilac silk wall hangings and a circular sofa
or conversation seat, a piece of furniture found in many of the private apartments that Elisabeth occupied. The cast-iron spiral staircase was taken out shortly after
the end of the Monarchy around 1920, thus eliminating the direct connection between the two floors.