Graz is a wonderful Austrian city, only two and a half hour drive from Zagreb. Like Vienna, the entire city bursts with culture, art, and music. Its historical part is enlisted on UNESCO heritage list since 1999, and in 2003 it was awarded with European City of Culture award. That is no surprise, which you truly understand after visiting it. It is a multicultural city where you can meet people from most of the world’s continents. Its name stems from Croatian word “gradec”, which mean “little castle” – the name it got after its famous Schlossberg on top of the hill. The latter is also an amazing viewpoint from where you can see Graz in all its 360 degree.
In this tour of Graz we are going to visit its famous Eggenberg palace on the outskirts of the city, where noble and rich family Eggenberg lived for several centuries and imbued its creation with incredible features – the castle incorporates elements of astrology, astronomy, and alchemy in its very foundations as well as decorations. So for example, the palace has 365 exterior windows (days of the year), 52 of which are on the second floor state rooms (representing weeks of the year); state rooms are 24 in number (hours of the day), the towers aligned with cardinal directions, and much more alignments like that. The frescoes inside the state room is an art in exquisite form, also related to history, astrology, and alchemy. Apart from that, the castle has charming gardens with planetary layouts and peacocks running around.
After seeing the Eggenberg palace and the gardens, we are heading towards the downtown Graz that we will thoroughly explore. Some places on the way are Schlossberg, Town clock, Gluckenspiel, the Cathedral, and more.
Book this tour and find out what makes Graz such a special place.
|Dates||All year round|
|START TIME||8 or 9 AM|
|START/RETURN LOCATION||The lobby of your hotel.|
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE||Up to 7 people. Upon request it can be organized for larger group too.|
|INCLUDED||Organization; Tour guide; Transfer|
|NOT INCLUDED||Admission fees (between 10-20 euros), meal.|
|Pricing||90 euros per person when minimum 5 persons, or a private tour for 380 euros.|