A 1997 animated series created in Germany by [=CineGroupe=] and Creator/SabanEntertainment, ''very'' loosely based on the younger years of Elisabeth of Bavaria.

More specifically, the story focuses on the plucky young farm girl nicknamed Sissi who falls in love with Prince Franz from Austria. The rest of the series tells of the trials and troubles it takes for the two of them to actually get married. There's her future mother-in-law, who's looking for a better girl to marry her son; political tensions, Sissi's own father, and lots of danger and wacky adventures in between.

The show aired in France, Canada, Italy, Germany, Greece, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, and some countries of Latin America (through Discovery Channel in the late 90s). Several [=DVDs=] have been released in Germany.

Compare ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'', an American series with similar animation and [[HistoricalFiction genre]], and ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'', a deeply cynical (but [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane possibly more fantastic]]) musical also based on Elisabeth of Bavaria.
!!Tropes related to the series:
* ArrangedMarriage: Several attempts.
* ArtisticLicenceHistory: ''In spades''.
* BetaCouple: Colonel Andrassy and Ida.
* BigBadEnsemble: Arkas and Zotornick. They are both two of the few villains or antagonists not to undergo a HeelFaceTurn and are the ones who are defeated in the climax of the final episode.
* CatchPhrase: Tina's cute "Simple as that!" Also, Fritz's ridiculous "My golly!", which is mocked when Sissi tries to expose him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sissi seems to suffer from it, rescuing a girl from a roof and Helene among others even when inconvenient.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Young Tommy, Sissi's friend and most regular sidekick, was raised in a Bavarian orphanage before running away to live in the forest. [[spoiler:He and his father finally find each other in episode 43, although they do not realize it until 47.]]
* CountryMouse: Sissi
* FeudingFamilies
* GildedCage: One episode title refers to this, as when Sissi is alone as royalty without Franz, she's trapped into learning dull manners.
* GoldDigger: Helene wants to marry Franz to be the Empress.
* HappilyMarried: Sissi's parents, Duke Max and Ludovica, are very much in love.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Not so much with Sissi, who was beautiful to begin with, but Franz and others are really JustForFun/{{egregious}} cases.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While Sissi ''was'' very beautiful in RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Bavaria she was much more of a]] BrokenBird, [[FishOutOfWater unable to withstand the pressure coming from the Habsburg Court]] and [[BreakTheCutie plagued by disgraces and illnesses]]. The TV series makes her a borderline PuritySue instead.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchess_Helene_in_Bavaria Helene.]] In RealLife, after an HeroicBSOD that almost had her becoming a nun, Nene actually got over Franz and was HappilyMarried to the Prince of Thurn Und Taxis (And not to mention, she and Sissi were close enough to have Sissi right next to Nene's deathbed when she died). In the series, she's an ungrateful and clingy GoldDigger who ''hates'' Sissi with all of her soul and won't stop causing trouble to her.
** Don't forget that historical Helene was Elisabeth's ''sister'', while the series denied their relation for the sake of turning the former one into an AlphaBitch Sissi's {{Rival}}.
* HistoricalFiction
* HotBlooded: Morgash, the second-in-command of the Hungarian rebellion. His tendency to make rush judgement and use violence causes many problems. When he is spurned by Sissi, and led to believe it is because she is in love with Gyula Andrassy, he tries to get her ''arrested''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Count Arkas and Helena are both lacking in anything resembling redeeming qualities.
* MeaningfulName: Sissi's horse's name means "turbulent wind" in German.
* {{Melodrama}}
* MultiColoredHair: Sissi has pale yellow bangs and the rest of her hair is honey-auburn. No explanation why.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Mean old Empress Sophia, constantly coming up with other brides for Franz.
* ObviouslyEvil: One should really wonder why Empress Sophia trusts Councillor Zotornick so blindly, given his pale scrawny face, EvilEyebrows, [[BaldOfEvil bald]] head and his [[EvilSoundsDeep deep sounding voice]]. [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/princess-sissi/images/5/5c/Councillor_Zottornick.png/revision/latest?cb=20130817092650 He really looks like someone you should trust blindly, don't you think?]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* PetTheDog: Empress Sophia is a snobbish ControlFreak who adheres to protocol like a religion, but she has been known to show leniency when humbled or impressed enough. She improves vastly in episode 45, when she finally approves of Sissi and becomes more open to breaking tradition.
* PimpedOutDress: ''Especially'' that [[spoiler:wedding dress!]]
* PinkMeansFeminine: Some of her dresses, including her peasant dress.
* PluckyGirl: Sissi
* PrettyInMink: Sissi has a white winter coat trimmed with fur.
* PuppetKing: What Councillor Zotornick tries to turn Empress Sophia into. The reason he is so against Sissi marrying Franz is because he knows he can't control her so easily.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* SavingTheOrphanage: Sissi almost can't thanks to political slander but succeeds anyways.
* UngratefulBastard: Helene, even after Sissi saves her from drowning.