The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

Prince Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg, appointed by the emperor governor of Middle Austria, eager to build a sumptuous residence, hired architect Pietro Berries, who already show its mastery with the Mausoleum of Ferdinand II. The construction of the entire building is an allegory of the universe. The images and symbols of the cosmos are everywhere. The four elements of nature are presented as well: the castle is built on Eart, the Air is around it, the Water is represented by the water moat... [ read more ]

What's Special in Graz

What’s Special in Graz

Glockenspiel ©Phil Rouge/flickr The historic old town of Graz is a world heritage site. When you are in Graz you must see the Glockenspiel which becomes so lively with the song and rotating dance figures. Don't go any earlier or later. It starts performing every day at exactly 11 am, 3 pm and 6pm only. If you want to see a mannerist-Baroque Mausoleum, go for the one of Emperor Ferdinand II. Of particular interest is the interiors decorated by Styrian artist Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. ... [ read more ]