Schlossberg (Palace Mountain)
Schlossberg (Palace Mountain) Review
The view from the summit of Graz's midtown mountain takes in all of the city and much of central Styria. A zigzagging stone staircase beginning at Schlossbergplatz leads to the top, but since it's a 395-foot climb, you may prefer to use the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway (Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 38) for €1.90, or an elevator, carved through the rock face, that leaves from Schlossbergplatz (€0.90; 8:00 am–12:30am). The defensive fortress, whose ramparts were built to prevent the invading Turks from marching up the Mur Valley toward Vienna, remained in place until 1809, when a victorious Napoléon had them dismantled after defeating the Austrians. The town paid a large ransom to preserve two of the castle's towers, but the rest was torn down and is today a well-manicured and popular park. Atop the Schlossberg and a few steps east of the funicular station is the Glockenturm (bell tower), an octagonal structure from 1588 containing Styria's largest bell, the famous 4-ton Liesl, in the upper belfry. It resounds three times daily (7, noon, and 7) with 101 chimes. The Open-Air Theater, just yards to the north, is built into the old casements of the castle and has a sliding roof in case of rain. Both opera and theater performances are presented here in summer
- Phone: 0316/887–405
- Hours: Funicular Apr.–Sept., Sun.–Wed. 9am–midnight, Thu.–Sat. 9am–2am; Oct.–Mar. Sun.–Wed. 10am–midnight, Thu.–Sat. 10am–2am.
- Location: Graz