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

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


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

Open in addition:
5 April 2021
24 May 2021