Ceiling Decorations

a painted history of the world

In the 17th century, the Planetary Room functioned as the entrance hall to the State Apartments, to which only select guests had access by strict order of rank. The apartments were laid out in circular form and consisted of 24 State Rooms, originally comprising two large suites of rooms – 12 rooms to the south side for the Prince and 12 to the north side for the Princess. In total, the magnificent décor that survives to this day encompasses over 500 ceiling paintings in opulent stucco surrounds. Mythological scenes and the history of the ancient, Biblical and modern worlds are interwoven with allegories, emblems and vedute to create a Baroque cultural cosmos.

History paintings


An enormous cycle of history paintings depicts the story of the world from its mythical origins within ancient Greek and Roman culture, and Biblical stories up until the events of Early  more...

Landscapes


The frieze zone in each of the rooms contains narrow pictorial strips, which, with few exceptions, contain topographical images. These include representations of cities, harbours and  more...

Emblems


One feature of the Eggenberg cycle is the extensive series of emblems woven into the programme of paintings for the ceilings. Emblems are witty ‘visual puzzles’, consisting of an image  more...

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
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Opening Hours


State Rooms:
1 April - 31 October 2017
24 March -  31 October 2018   
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 by appointment.
Group visits (7 people or more) by appointment only. 

Park and Gardens:
1 April - 31 October: daily, 8am-7pm

1 November - 23 March: daily, 8am-5pm  
1 January 10am-5pm
24 March -  31 October 2018: daily, 8am-7pm
November - March: daily, 8am-5pm