Moments of happiness

Entertainment and pleasure

The allotted lifespan is measured only briefly. The main risks are hunger, epidemics, war and childbed fever. So festivals are celebrated with all the more devotion. Every occasion is used to experience well-being and abundance for a short time. The year provides a wide range of occasions: in the countryside as well as in the residence city, from the consecration of churches to the birth of a prince.

The exuberant hustle and bustle in the taverns offers a distraction from the harshness of daily life. Yet the numerous inns on the highways, in villages and towns are not only places of rest and recreation. They are a hive of rumours, news and espionage. Of course, many taverns are of ill-repute: as places of drunkenness, fornication and crime they are a regularly recurring motif in art.

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Love Scene

Jan Steen

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Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters

Aert van der Neer

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Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours
27. March 2021 to 31. October 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November 2021 to 31. March 2022

closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1. November to 19. December 2021

01. April 2022 to 30. October 2022 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm
01. November 2022 to 31. March 2023

closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1. November to 18. December 2022

Opening Hours Library
Tues–Fri 10am–12pm and afternoons by appointment only


1st November 2021 (

with guided tour

8th December 2021 (

with guided tour

18th April 2022
6th June 2022
15th August 2022
1st November 2022 (

with guided tour

8th December 2022 (

with guided tour


24th September 2021 10am - 3pm
24th/26th December 2021
31st December 2021
24th/26th December 2022
31st December 2022