Symbolic World

Prince Eggenberg created a political utopia in his new residence - a symbolic world where all knowledge, elements and powers of the universe should have an allegorical place. And the symbolism of his creation is especially significant; the intellectual and aesthetic concept of the architecture was to become a subject of admiration and an expression of the dignity and erudition of its builder and owner.

 

As with all ideal states described in literature, Eggenberg is also situated on an "island", which is separated from the rest of the world by the symbolic waters of the moat. Created as a copy of the universe, everything is integrated into the concept of cosmic harmony. The corners of the palace face in each of the four cardinal directions so that the sun, which rises in the East, moves across the palace throughout the day like a huge sundial and each façade is lit up by it during a certain time of the day. In addition to the four wind directions, this is also reminiscent of the four times of the day and the sides of the palace correspond to morning, midday, evening and night. The disposition of the rooms also has to be understood as a ingenious programme. The palace is created to reflect a strong hierarchical order, which goes from everyday life on the ground floor to the ideal world of ideas on the uppermost floor. The core of the palace is the central tower, which rises above the whole palace and which, together with fountain grotto and chapel, with cave and tower, leads into an unknown world of alchemistic concepts intended both for meditation and decoding.

Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532
eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours


Park and Gardens:
Until 26 March 2021: 
Daily open from 8am-5pm
27 March to October 2021: 
Daily open from 8am-7pm

The Planetary Room
From 27 March 2021:
Open Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-5pm

The state rooms
Closed until further notice
Guided Tours: (and, therefore, visits to the state rooms) are not possible until further notice.

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 until 19 December 2021
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or info-eggenberg@museum-joanneum.at

Open in addition:
5 April 2021
24 May 2021