Austrian newspapers, however, revealed that Elisabeth and her children were more traumatized than initially thought.
The family remained under psychiatric care at the clinic for a few months before they were given a new identity and moved to a villa at a secret location, which authorities had set up for them.
A few months later, in July 2008, it emerged that Rosemarie Fritzl was ordered out of the villa by Elisabeth, who could not cope with "the issue of her mother's passiveness during Elisabeth's upbringing, when her father abused her for the first time when she was only 11 years old," according to Austrian media outlet Osterreich 24.
Rosemarie now lives in a small apartment on her own, but Elisabeth allows the three kids she raised to visit her regularly.
The family's effort to return to normalcy was upset again in March 2009 when a British paparazzo burst into Elisabeth's home and started taking pictures of her.
The intrusion reportedly brought Elisabeth close to a breakdown and she and the kids were forced to move out of the hideaway and returned to the psychiatric clinic in Amstetten.
Josef Fritzl was tried and sentenced to life in prison in March 2009.
Elisabeth attended the second day of the trial against her father and it was only then that he eventually admitted the crime.
After the trial Elisabeth and her six children moved again, this time to an undisclosed village in northern Austria where they are living in a fortress-like house, protected against intruders.
All the children require ongoing psychological therapy.
Elisabeth has reportedly been taking driving lessons and according to Austrian newspaper reports has begun a relationship with one of the bodyguards, who protected her and the kids in their early days in freedom. The couple is said to live together with the kids.