Park and Gardens: daily, 8am -7pm Planetary Room: Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm
Arrival Schloss Eggenberg
by public transport:
Tram line 1 in direction Eggenberg/UKH, stop: Schloss Eggenberg or
Tram line 7 in direction Wetzelsdorf, stop: Eggenberger Allee
by bike-rikscha: Graz Rikscha
with the taxi company: 878
by car: Parking is available around the castle in the short term parking zone.
From the entrance of the castle park to the castle it is a 5-minute walk.
Schloss Eggenberg has been a UNESCO World Heritage since August 2010.
The monumental Schloss Eggenberg, embedded in a spacious park, is the most important castle complex of Styria. As it is modeled on the Spanish Escorial it is at the same time an impressive representation building and an complex allegory of the universe.
Already in the 15th century, the wealthy Eggenberg dynasty owned a large estate in the west of the city of Graz which rose to new splendour around 1600 under Ruprecht von Eggenberg, "Conqueror of the Turks", and the diplomat Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, friend and First Minister of Emperor Ferdinand II. Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, who was awarded the title of Imperial Prince and installed as Govenor of Inner Austria, commissioned the court architect Giovanni Pietro de Pomis to convert the medieval building into an imperial residence.