The royal love to cars and trains had no limits in tsarist Russia

Wednesday 13th March, 2013

“While I am in Livadia, automobiles should not appear in the Crimea”, Russian czar Nicholas II once said. The use of automobiles on the Crimean Peninsula was prohibited. In 1903, during a visit to relatives in Hesse, the Emperor’s brother Ernst Ludwig of Hesse gave Nicholas “a motor ride.” After the ride, the czar fundamentally changed his mind about cars and ordered an auto for himself.

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