The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz ©jad99/Flick

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 moats and the Fire by the red roofs. The four towers of the Eggenberg Castle are placed in the four cardinal points.

The Eggenberg Castle has 365 windows, as many days as has a year and 24 apartments of honor, the number of hours a day. They have 52 windows symbolizing the 52 Sundays – the religious holidays of the year.

The honorary apartments of the castle

The honorary apartments on the second floor of the Eggenberg Castle in Graz have been decorated in the XVII and XVIII century baroque style with rich stucco, painting and tapestries that highlight the shine of the chandeliers. You will find Japanese or Chinese sideboards and cabinets spread all over, because they were really fashionable in that era. The great reception hall called Sala Planets ( Planetensaal ) is in the center of the 24 rooms arranged symmetrically. In summer concerts and official receptions are held here.

View of the Eggenberg Castle in Graz

View of the Eggenberg Castle in Graz ©jad99/Flick

The Collection of Styrian antiques

The Collection of Styrian antiques is located downstairs in the southern wing of the Eggenberg Castle. The most valuable part of the collection is a bronze chariot, which is 2700 years old, dating from the eighth century BC. The votive chariot is a four-wheeled platform that presents pedestrians or riding soldiers spinning themselves in a ritual dance. In the middle, a woman rises above her head a ritual vessel. There are also exposed to polls and archaeological treasures discovered at Strettweg.

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz ©jad99/Flick

The Hunting Museum

The Hunting Museum (Jagdmuseum) occupies the first floor of the castle and contains numerous trophies illustrating the history of the old hunting guns and hunting techniques. Today the Eggenberg Castle in Graz is holding numerous musical events and exhibitions.

The Eggenberger Allee 90 is found at 2.5 miles in the west of Graz. It is opened daily from April to October. It is accessible by tram nr. 1 from the Hauptplaz or Jakominiplaz. The Park, where are wandering deers and fallow deers, is crossed by the driveway that leads to the entrance of the castle.

The surroundings of the Eggenberg Castle

The surroundings of the Eggenberg Castle ©KLMircea/Flick

 

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