Family History

The history of the Eggenberg family is equally as unusual as their residence. Their stellar rise from peasantry to becoming ranked among the most important families in the Holy Roman Empire is mainly due to their outstanding daringness, cleverness and financial skills.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the Eggenberg family, who were originally bankers, brought forth one of the most significant and influential statesmen in the history of Styria - Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg. The Eggenberg family were provincial merchants, masters of the mint and town magistrates, but it was Hans Ulrich who was to receive the highest honours of the realm and turn his dynasty into the richest and most distinguished family in the land. Power and fame soon paled after the early end of the Eggenberg dynasty in the 18th century and Hans Ulrich slowly turned into a legendary figure.


Simple Beginnings


Despite numerous attempts, the ancestry of the Eggenberg family has, to this day, still not been completely traced. The first traceable member of the family is Ulrich Eggenberger († 1448),  more...

Hans Ulrich

1568-1634


Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg may only have been of simple parentage and had a Protestant upbringing, but, by his own means, he succeeded in becoming one of the most influential Catholic princes  more...

Johann Anton

1610-1649


Hans Ulrich’s only son, Johann Anton I, Holy Roman Prince of Eggenberg, studied at the Jesuit University of Graz.  In 1627 he undertook an extensive Grand Tour throughout Europe,  more...

Johann Seyfried

1644-1713


With two sons in one generation for the first time, the succession of the family seemed to be more secure than ever before. However, the brothers Johann Christian and Johann Seyfried were  more...

The End


After the death of Johann Seyfried in 1713, the presence of male descendents meant that the continuation of the Eggenberg dynasty still seemed secure. However, in 1716, Johann Seyfried’s  more...

Successors

The Herbersteins in Eggenberg


Both heiresses, Maria Eleonora and Maria Theresia von Eggenberg were married in a ceremonial double wedding to the two Counts of Leslie in 1719. In 1754, after the death of their mother,  more...

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9532
F +43-316/8017-9555
eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours

 

State Rooms:

Until 30 October 2016 admission with guided tour only

Guided Tours: Tues-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (exceptions may apply), and additionally on advance notice

 

Exhibitions: Wed-Sun and public holidays, 10am-5pm

 

Park and Gardens:

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