The Master’s Garden

Jérôme Count Herberstein died in 1847 and the estate was passed on to his son, Johann Heinrich.

In 1848, Johann Heinrich ordered the head gardener Friedrich Wägener to create and build a private garden for him at the back of the palace. This garden was later known as the Breakfast or Master's Garden. Bordered by ornate wrought-iron fencing, the garden initially comprised ornamental boxwood "parterres de broderie", which were later simplified into an oval rose bed with surrounding box globes. This part of the garden always remained a much cherished area reserved only for the Count's family with a small wooden pavilion and water lily pond. After reviewing the archive records, a decision was made in 2004/5 to reconstruct the Master's Garden to reflect its late 19th century design. The pathways and the main oval rose bed with the surrounding box globes were repositioned in accordance with archaeological findings. When planting the borders, historic rose stocks were interspersed with perennials and the original little lily pond was later also found to be intact and uncovered. The lost pavilion was reconstructed according to a design taken from the "Ideenmagazin für Liebhaber von Gärten, Englischen Anlagen und für Besitzer von Landgütern" (Magazine of ideas for garden enthusiasts...), which was published by Johann Gottfried Grohmann from 1797 up to the 1840s. This magazine was much-used reference journal for the gardens at Eggenberg and can actually still be found in the Herberstein Library today.

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532


Opening Hours

State Rooms:
Accessible only as part of a guided tour
01. July 2020 until 31 October 2020
01. November until 26. March 2021 closed
27. March 2021 until 31 October 2021

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (times may vary), extra times by prior appointment. Groups by appointment only.

Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet:
01. July 2020 to 31. October 2020 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm open
01. November 2020 to 26. March 2021 closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment until 20 December 2020
27. March 2021 to 31. October 2020 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm open
01. November 2021 to 31. March 2022 closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment until 19 December 2021
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or

Park and Gardens:
April - October: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm

Open in addition:
26. October 2020
05. April 2021
24. May 2021