The Schlossberg Hill in Graz

The Clock Tower of the Schlossberg Hill

The Clock Tower of the Schlossberg Hill @loloieg/Flick

Graz is a city with an undeniable charm and a rather surprising trendy air. The architecture around the city of Graz is punctuated occasionally by some strange buildings, and nothing can be more unexpected as the Art House known as the Kunsthaus, which at first glance seems to be a suspended balloon. The Hauptplatz marks the Old Town, linking several major streets. The city of Graz is dominated by the fortress called the Grazer Schlossberg.

The Schlossberg is among the main attractions in Graz and became associated with the city. This high hill in the center is offering great views, for which is visited by a lot of tourists.

Different options of climbing the hill

If you want to have a better view of Graz you have to climb the 260 steps from the Schlossbergplatz to the top of the Schlossberg Hill or to walk the Sportgasse, one of the most romantic streets in the city, although is narrow and steep. If you don’t want to take the steps, you should probably or you can take the elevator called the Schlossberglift or you can try the funicular. The funicular is called in German the Schlossbergbahn, and in the summer works until midnight and can be taken from the end of the Sackstrasse (Sack Street).

The stairs leading to the Schlossberg Hill in Graz

The stairs leading to the Schlossberg Hill in Graz @funkjoker/Flick

The tourist attractions of the hill

Schlossberg is located in the north of the Altstadt at the height of 473 m over see level. The Schlossberg hill is 123 m high and was studded with redoubts and fortifications until the Napoleonic wars. After the French troops conquered the city, in the Treaty of Schönbrunn in 1809 it was set that that they have to be removed. Currently, the only buildings that remained are the Bell Tower (Glockenturm) and the Clock Tower (Uhrturm).  Here you will find also find a museum.

The Clock Tower of the Schlossberg Hill

The Clock Tower of the Schlossberg Hill @loloieg/Flick

The tower of the bell is called Lisl and weighs 4.5 tons; it can be heard three times daily at 7:00, 12:00 and 19:00 when is beating 101 times to remember that it was poured from 101 balls for cannon. Nearby is an outdoor theater with sliding roof, then the chestnut alley takes you down to the Clock Tower. The clock in the past had one hand that was showing the time and was 5.40 m long. Later the minute hand was added, which is strangely shorter than it normally should be, it has only 2.70 m

The Schlossberg became since the nineteenth century a park with flowerbeds, trees and benches. From its heights can be admired the beautiful panorama of the city and the valley of the river Mur.

The funicular to the Schlossberg Hill in Graz

The funicular to the Schlossberg Hill in Graz @ thisisbossi/Flick

 

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