Schloss Eggenberg
Schloss Eggenberg
4.5
Castles • Parks • Art Museums
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The unique architecture of Schloss Eggenberg, the most important great house in Styria, is a complex symbolic representation of the universe. At the same time, with its impressive combination of Baroque interiors (magnificent state rooms), magical gardens and park, and priceless collections of the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Alte Galerie with its old masters paintings, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet), Eggenberg contains a fascinatingly varied panorama of Styrian culture over the centuries. UNESCO World Heritage Site! Please note: dogs are not allowed in the park to protect our peacocks.
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Oli K
London, UK12 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
A beautiful and almost unique castle, with late Renaissance architecture and art giving way to the Baroque as you move through the State Rooms. The tour guides are excellent. The art gallery is also very good, with a well curated selection of Renaissance art and sculpture followed by paintings from later centuries. The grounds are beautiful and the cafe is excellent. We spent a long weekend in Graz and this was definitely a highlight.
Written July 9, 2022
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Olivier M
Lausanne, Switzerland115 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
In winter, the castle is closed but it’s possible to get into the big garden and into the courtyards of the castle. If you have time and the weather is good, it worth it specially with children. They will enjoy the peacocks and ducks. A big space outdoor for children games is under construction. Announced to reopen in April 2020.
Written January 21, 2020
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,172 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
A must place to visit UNESCO world heritage. The best preserved baroc castle as it was closed for a century. The history of the owners is really intreaging. Well prepared guided tour with a skilled personnel inside the cadtle. And the peacocks wondering in the lovely park are also worth a visit.
Written June 13, 2019
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Barbara5014
Madison, NJ24 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Note the the house is closed completely on Mondays. Tuesdays the only offer is the grounds for 2€ pp and guided tours of the staterooms for 9,50€ pp. Museums are closed. The rest of the house is closed. This is not clear at all on the website but they explain it very clearly when you show up in person. So trying to plan a trip to see this house was a fail. Too bad. Hope this helps other travelers so the same doesn't happen to you!
Written August 22, 2017
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TripAdvSP
Maryland22 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
My husband and I took our three boys (14, 12, and 8 years old) here by tram from the center of Graz. The trams are very easy to use, although you should be aware, you need to press the button by the door for the doors to open - we didn't realize this at first and the tram left without us! The chateau is an easy walk from the tram stop. We had a wonderful day there and could have stayed hours longer. An interesting english speaking tour is offered and takes you through an entire level of the castle. The grounds are beautiful, with lots of peacocks walking around and many gardens to explore. There is a nice cafe on site where you can eat lunch or just have a snack. My 8 year old was fascinated by a coin museum located within the castle - you can use magnifying glasses to examine the many, many coins. I was surprised that the entire family really enjoyed the on-site art museum. We had to hurry through the last of it to catch our scheduled tour, but we could have spent much more time looking at the extensive art collection. It's not for young children, though - only go in if your kids can keep their hands to themselves. There is also an impressive archaeological museum onsite. It contains a real mummy! Finally, there's a fantastic huge playground onsite that even my 14 year old enjoyed. This place is a wonderful, easy way for a family to pass the day and get lots of great photos in the process!
Written August 10, 2013
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Rockfish2
Washington7 contributions
Apr 2012 • Solo
This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it did not fail to live up to its status. The ceiling paintings alone were worth the visit. They were completed in the 1600s and are in phenomenally great shape considering their age. The palace is a work of art in and of itself, with extensive cosmological significance in its design. The palace grounds have large beautiful gardens with peacocks roaming freely. The on-site archeological museum, though small, has substantial Roman and early Celtic (Hallstadt period) artifacts. The art museum is excellent, with paintings and carvings dating back to the Middle Ages. Simply put, Eggenberg palace is a place of great beauty and historical significance. I'm amazed at the state of preservation. It is an easy trip on Line 1 of the Graz trolly system (pick up from Hauptplatz). I spent 3 hours there, but could easily have made a day of it. I highly recommend seeing Eggenberg if you are in the Graz area.
Written April 23, 2012
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markmosta
Mosta, Malta361 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This was the highlight of our stay in Graz. This is located in a truly enchanting setting just outside Graz, with ample parking outside abs a nice coffee bar inside the actual gardens. You must take a guided tour to be able to appreciate the depth of cocept and design of the structure.

I will not repeat how gorgeous the place is... What impressed me the most was the design by its Italian architect which revolves around astronomy abs the elements.

Schloss Eggenberg relies on the Gregorian calendar as a basis for this constructed universe. The palace has 365 exterior windows, one for each day of the year. Of these, 52 are on the 24 rooms of the piano nobile representing the weeks of one year. The 2nd storey contains these 24 state rooms in a ring-shaped arrangement which symbolize the hours in a single day. Every floor in the building bares exactly 31 rooms counting the maximum number of days in a calendar month. The 52 windows of the piano nobile with the 8 windows of the Planetary Room make a total of 60, representing both the number of seconds in a minute and the minutes in an hour.

The building is richly decorated with oeriod paintngs throighout. The facy that electricity was never installed in the second floor, means you can appreciate the place with its authentic period feel with candle chandeliers abs natural light.

Enough said... This is the best site to visit if you are in Graz.
Written September 15, 2015
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BolBolize
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia184 contributions
Aug 2015
I think the palace was the highlight of my 4 day trip in Graz. It is easily reachable by Tram 1 then change to bus E1. The exterior of the palace doesn't give an indication about its lavish interior. You can enter it only by guided tours. The tour will take 50 mins and you can spend the rest in the extremely quiet garden. Allow 3 hrs for the visit.
Written August 31, 2015
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Olivia Spencer Bower
Rome, Italy61 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
The place to go for art is Schloss Eggenberg, which is on a tram ride from the centre, which is less trouble than it sounds. This is a fabulous seventeenth century country house. You need to take the tour, which goes around the 24 state rooms of the piano nobile. Much of this was painted by Hans Adam Weissenkircher, in stucco framing. Other rooms were decorated in the eighteenth century in rococo style. The English guide (an art history student) was very good at getting across the essentials (important given a lot of rooms were similar) but at the same time was good at responding to questions, which demonstrated that she was very knowledgeable. There is a cute little parasol seat on a mound in the garden, and lots of peacocks. There is also the museum of Graz area old master painters there, so one needs to allow plenty of time.
Written October 22, 2014
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Nisha Sharma
New Delhi, India532 contributions
Aug 2019
Eggenberg Palace is a masterpiece and boasts of stunning architecture and is well maintained.It is situated in one corner and was slightly away and we were wondering if we should visit it or not. It is a direct ride on Tram 1 and took us about 10-12 minutes from the Hauptbahnhof.

We went on a hot day but were surprised by the cool and lush green gardens surrounding the palace. The rooms are well maintained and can be entered via a guided tour only - available in English, German and Italian.

Loved the grandeur of the rooms and how well maintained they are. Touching and photography are strictly prohibited. Since it was held by two different royal families, we see the dark Baroque style pictures on the roofs and very pastel-y and light pictures on the walls. Their collection from the far east (China/Japan) is also worth seeing.

There have huge collection of art and coins on display as well which you could visit on your own pace. The grounds are pretty with beautiful gardens with peacocks and ducks.
Written September 9, 2019
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Schloss Eggenberg (Graz) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Schloss Eggenberg is open:
  • Tue - Wed 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM