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 +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532


Opening Hours

Park and Gardens:
November until March: daily open from 8am-5pm. 
April until October: daily open from 8am-7pm.

State Rooms:
Accessible only as part of a guided tour
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. November 2020 to 26. March 2021 closed
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
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Open in addition:
05. April 2021
24. May 2021