Eggenberg Palace (Schloss Eggenberg)
Eggenberg Palace (Schloss Eggenberg) is one of the most important Baroque palaces in Austria and a must-see for visitors to Graz. Once home to the most powerful dynasty in the Austrian state of Styria, the palace dates back to at least the 15th century. Renovations in the 18th century added Rococo style ornamentation, as well as three East Asian cabinets, while the 19th century saw the formal Baroque garden transformed into a romantic English style garden. The palace features 365 exterior windows, representing the number of days in a year, with 24 windows on the second floor, representing the number of hours in a day. Inside, more than 600 paintings in the state rooms depict the history of the world with scenes from Roman and Greek mythology, the Old Testament and various European legends. Paintings in the Planetary Room depict the elements, planets and signs of the zodiac.
In addition to the state rooms, visitors can explore the Alte Galerie, a collection of European art from the medieval to early modern periods, the Coin Cabinet and the Archaeology Museum.
Eggenberg Palace is located on the western edge of Graz. Get there by taking tram 1toward Eggenberg/UKH or tram 7 toward Wetzelsdorf to the Schloss Eggenberg/Eggenberg Palace stop and walk about 600 meters. Guided tours of the state rooms take 50 minutes and are available in English at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. The palace shop sells books, souvenirs and gardening products.
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