The Palace Park

A landscape painting

Eggenberg Park, with its picturesque woodland sceneries and sweeping lawns, has preserved its poetic character as a living landscape painting as it was originally conceived in the 19th century. After 1810, Eggenberg Palace was only occupied for a few weeks in the year. It was Johann Hieronymus Count Herberstein and his wife Marie Henriette who initiated the ambitious transformation of the formal Baroque gardens into an English style landscape garden.

After 1820, Jérôme Count Herberstein commissioned two head gardeners from Silesia, Franz Matern and Friedrich Wägener, to design an English landscape garden that should represent the romantic ideals of the new era, "...a perfect landscape=painting" composed to recreate nature in all its diversity. In this era the Baroque garden was now viewed as a rigid formal system alienated from the natural landscape, whereas the romantic garden represented the idealised beauty of unconstrained nature.

For this very reason, the straight alleys, hedge maze and Baroque garden terrace were all removed to make way for winding paths leading through shrubberies of exotic plants and attractive architectural features. Created as a vantage point, an artificial hill covered with roses and conifers was constructed in the gardens at Eggenberg in 1835. A wooden "parasol" provided shade for those wanting to sit and take in the views after walking up the winding path to its summit. Picturesque sceneries of woodland groves and solitaires merged with open lawns and a delightful pond to create magnificent vistas.

The 20th Century

Interest in the garden began to wane at the beginning of the 20th century and it was slowly turned into a simple municipal park. Its basic structure did remain after the estate was purchased by the State of Styria in 1939, but many of the architectural features and areas requiring a great deal of regular care were lost. Not long ago, there was even serious doubt as to its survival as a cultural monument. Then in 1993 Eggenberg Palace and the Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments (Bundesdenkmalamt) were finally able to draw up a restoration manual for the park to secure its maintenance and reconstruction as a romantic cultural monument. And work is now being carried out to secure the precious stocks of plants and trees and, wherever possible, also restore the lost features of the garden. Since 2000, extensive measures have been taken to supplement and reconstruct the woodland groves, pond and vistas in the gardens. Further restoration projects have included the so-called Master's Garden at the back of the Palace and the garden in front of the southern pavilion. The reconstruction of the Rose Mound in winter 2007/2008 signifies the return of what was once regarded as the biggest 19th century attraction of the historic Eggenberg gardens. 

Schloss Eggenberg

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


Opening Hours

The state rooms
19 May to 31 October 2021,
1 April to 30 October 2022:

Guided Tours: Tue-Sun, public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm or on advance notice.

Park and Gardens:
27 March to 31 October 2021: 
Daily open from 8am-7pm
1 November 2021 to 14 March 2022: 
Daily open from 8am-5pm
1 January 2022: open from 10am-5pm

15 March to 31 October 2022,
Daily open from 8am-7pm
1 November 2022 to 14 March 2023: 
Daily open from 8am-5pm
Park closed:
21 October 2021, closed until 1:30pm
26 to 30 October 2021, closed from 5.30pm

Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet
27 March to 31 October 2021:
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm open
1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022:
Closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1 November to 19 December 2021

1 April to 30 October 2022:
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-6pm open
1 November 2022 to 31 March 2023:
Closed, but accessible as part of a guided tour by prior appointment: 1 November to 18 December 2022

Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or

Museums and Park closed:
21 October 2021, closed until 1:30pm

Open in addition:
18 April 2022
6 June 2022
15 August 2022