Shining a light on a Baroque world

After 1754, both of the large princely suites dating from the 17th century were reworked in accordance with the rather more modest ideas of the last Princess Eggenberg, Maria Eleonora and her husband, Johann Leopold Count Herberstein. Whilst Herberstein, who was also a Styrian provincial governor, lived at his main residence within the family’s City Palais at Sackstrasse 16, Graz, the now out-dated princely Residence remained the domain of his wife.  At the time of the Residence’s refurbishment, the princess, facetiously known as the “Old Fairy”, was already advanced in years. The building would now have to be reappointed in line with her requirements.


Aside from the couple’s private rooms and bedchambers to the rear of the Residence, two public suites were again created: the State Apartments to the south side and the Semi-State Apartments to the north. It was in the latter apartments that soirées were held, with guests enjoying playing at the numerous games tables set up in the rooms.


The State Apartments on the south side of the Residence, a series of seven interconnecting State Rooms, decorated with red silk damask and matching white-gilt seating. Two fashionable Far Eastern side rooms were added to enhance this sequence of apartments.


The Semi-State Apartments on the poorly-lit north side of the building were primarily used for evening parties. Over 30 games tables were set up here in the 18th century.

When required, the State Rooms could also be used to accommodate special guests. Only one bed now remains in one of the original three available bedchambers. On the occasion of a visit by the Imperial court in 1765, the State Bedchamber served probably the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I Stephan or his wife, Empress Maria Theresa.

This small room, lined in yellow damask, on the west side of the Residence served as a bedchamber for the new head of the household, Leopold Count Herberstein, who also had this room at the corner of the palace appointed as his private salon, with a picture gallery, a fortepiano and a billiards table. The bed that belonged in this room was destroyed in 1945.

Schloss Eggenberg and Gardens

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560 und -9532


Opening Hours

Park and Gardens:
November until 26. March: daily open from 8am-5pm. 
27. March 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
Please contact us: +43-316/8017-9560 or

Open in addition:
05. April 2021
24. May 2021