City of Graz – historic centre and Schloss Eggenberg

GRAZ - the living heritage of a central European urban complex influenced by the presence of the Habsburg and other aristocratic families which lived here.  The historic centre and Schloss Eggenberg are harmonious blend of the styles of architecture and various artistic moments that succeeded each other from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. The whole city was influenced with the atmosphere of Central and Mediterranean Europe as it lies on the cultural borders of Central Europe, Italy and the Balkan States.

In the 16th century built fortress on the hill Schlossberg was hard to take.... even Napoleon did not succeeded. However, finally after the victory over the Habsburgs at the beginning of the 19th century he ordered to demolish the fortress. Only a huge amount of money paid by the city of Graz to Napoleon saved the Bell  Tower and the Clock Tower  from the  demolition.  The current appearance of the romantic park received Schlossberg in the mid of the 19th century.
You can get up the hill in a very comfortable way – by a funicular – Schlossbergbahn or by a glass-lift starting in the Schlossberg tunnels. The more demanding and sporty alternative is to climb the hill up the 260 Schlossberg stairs .

This original building in Graz dates back to the 17th century. It served as an armoury for the Styrian estates in their fight against theTurks. The collection of historical weapons is the biggest in the world. Believe it or not, there are 32,000 pieces of arms and military equipment on 5 floor mostly from the 16th and  the17th centuries.

This  16th century building might remind you of some of Venice palaces. In fact, built by the Italian architect Domenico dell’Allioit brings a touch of Italian renaissance into Styria. Really amazing is the Renaissance-style arcaded courtyard.

The town hall is the dominant of the Graz Hauptplatz (the Main square) since the late 19th century. The dome together with the clock and the corner towers create the prestigious town hall.  Shops and an open-air café bring additional charm to the traditional building. It is the seat of the mayor and the city administration. However, also many couples have romantic memories from here as it has a beautiful wedding hall. 

This extraordinary building which has its outer facade fully covered with gorgeous paintings is located at the Herrengasse. The three hundred years old frescos were painted by Baroque artist Johann Mayer and show the gods of Greco-Roman mythology. 


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