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Despite numerous attacks, sieges and bombings the city of Graz is truly a gem of a site for some fantastic late Medieval and Renaissance architecture and designs. The city was originally only a small Roman settlement around a Roman frontier fort, but following the fall of the empire was the site of a larger and much more prominent castle, which eventually became the home of the ruling Habsburg family.
The Schloßberg Castle was heavily damaged during Napoleon’s campaign in Austria in 1809, but much of the original structure including the original Uhrturm clock tower remains. There is an elevator that will take you to the top of the mountain, while pathways and steps offer an alternative way to ascend to the top.
Much of the old town of Graz was built, or heavily renovated, during the 16th and 17th centuries and as a result this town has a distinct flavor based on the Italian Renaissance. The Landhaus, which was used as the governmental administration building, is one of the most famous examples built in this style during the 16th century. Numerous other buildings were built in this style including the town’s Opera House, the Landeszeughaus armory and the Rathaus town hall.