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Eastern Alps Sights

Schloßberg (Palace Mountain)

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  • Graz
  • Park/Playground
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 08/19/2014

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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 because it's 260 steps, you may prefer to use the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway (Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 38) for €2.10, or an elevator, carved through the rock face, that leaves from Schlossbergplatz (€1.10). A romaneque castle, with touches of the gothic turned into a renaissance fortress, the Schlossberg is only a section of what one finds after making their way to the top of this sight. This is one of the few places not conquered by Napoléon. 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. Additionally one finds ruins of the older structure, and many a modern café to enjoy a beer or wine mixed with sparkling water.

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Am Schlossberg 1, Graz, Styria, 8010, Austria

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Sight Details:

  • Funicular Sun.–Wed. 9 am–midnight, Thurs.–Sat. 9 am–2 am; elevator 8 am–12:30 am

Updated 08/19/2014


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