Imperial Visit 1765

After renovations to the Bel Étage had been completed, another Imperial visit from the Viennese Court by Emperor Franz Stephan and Maria Theresa marked the ceremonial and splendid inauguration of the Eggenberg Palace and its new gardens in 1765. The Imperial family under Franz Stephan and Maria Theresa had, together with the Archdukes Joseph and Leopold, embarked on a journey to Innsbruck where Leopold was to marry Princess Maria Ludovica of Spain. The sweltering July heat had turned the tiring Court Journey into a torturous trip for all those participating and the party was only too pleased to be able to break for rest at a suitable location. In Eggenberg the revered guests were entertained with much pomp and ceremony for one whole week.

After engaging in their favourite pastime of hunting and paying visits to noble families in Graz, the party was all too pleased to return to Eggenberg to participate in the evening entertainment, which was held in the gardens due to the extreme heat. The Imperial family was extremely impressed by their host Johann Leopold Count Herberstein and as a special privilege he was always invited to attend the Imperial banquets. His wife, Maria Eleonora von Eggenberg, was already too old and frail to take an active part in the Imperial visit. On 9 July, the huge Imperial party set off on the next leg of its difficult and arduous journey to Innsbruck in order to attend the wedding of Archduke Leopold to Princess Maria Ludovica of Naples and Sicily. Not long after the wedding Maria Theresa was to lose her beloved Franz Stephan to the consequences of a stroke in Innsbruck on 18 August, 1765.

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

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


Opening Hours

State Rooms:
admission with guided tour only
2 April until 31 October 2019

Guided Tours: Tues-Sun and public holidays at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (exceptions may apply), and additionally by appointment. Group visits by appointment only.

Alte Galerie:
26. April 2019 to 31. October 2019
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinett:
2 April until 31. October 2019
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Park and Gardens:
April - October: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm
1st January 2019: 10am-5pm

Open in addition:
22nd April 2019
10th June 2019