Rosegger Museum Krieglach

Private insights

01.04.2010-31.12.2020 10:00-16:00

Venue: Rosegger-Museum, Krieglach

Closed 1. November 2017 until 23. March 2018.

The permanent exhibition in the Rosegger Museum shows letters and documents as well as pictures and writings which show among other things that Rosegger was in close contact with numerous artists of his time.

A small exhibition in the former country home of Peter Rosegger (1843–1918) in Krieglach traces the different stages in the life and work of the Styrian poet. The letters, documents, pictures and writings on display indicate that he was in close contact with many artists of his time.

These exhibits are presented in what used to be Rosegger’s private rooms—the house was built according to his designs in 1877. His study and the room where he died are on the first floor of the museum. They have been preserved in their original condition and convey an authentic impression of Rosegger’s lifestyle—which stood in great contrast to the living conditions of his birthplace. From being the child of an Alpine farmer he had climbed up the social ladder to become a successful and financially independent author.


History of Rosegger-Museum Krieglach

In May 1877 Rosegger used the revenue from his first books to finance the purchase of arable land in Krieglach covering an area of almost one joch (about 0.57 hectares or 1.4 acres). He then had a country home built on this plot in the same year, based on his own designs. He had already begun planting trees on his property even before the first spade had been turned. Ultimately, 60 little trees grew up around his new home. Even today, three of the wonderful linden trees he planted still provide magnificent shade.

His house eventually consisted of seven rooms for habitation in addition to further ancillary rooms. In September 1877 he moved immediately into the first completed but still damp room of the building and began working from there. As a result, unfortunately, his health deteriorated to a worrying degree.

Every year, from May to October, he spent “six months of life on earth in the town... followed by six months of paradise in the country” in Krieglach. As his family grew in size, Rosegger extended his home and in 1896 even built a wooden 1odge (the so-called Almhaus [Alpine House] – today’s Studierhäusl [little studio lodge]) in the garden. His hopes were pinned on the lodge, which was built entirely of wood, to mitigate his asthma. He used it as a place of retreat and as a guesthouse.

The poet died in Krieglach on 26 June 1918. His widow Anna did her best to review and edit his literary work, and also closed Rosegger’s studio and the room in which he died to preserve these for posterity. Anna Rosegger continued to live in Krieglach right up to her death in 1932. In 1943 the Nazi administrated Reichsgau Steiermark acquired the property on the occasion of the poet’s 100th birthday. The post-war Province of Styria opened it up to the general public in 1948.

In 1963 the inheritors to Rosegger’s estate also sold the Almhaus at the Landhaus. It was ceded to the Roseggerbund (the “Rosegger Association”) which operated a museum of local history at this site from 1968 to 2013.

Requests for guided tours

We are always delighted to accept your requests for mediation and educational programmes (guided tours and workshops, etc.). Please ensure you contact us a week before your preferred date and location (Alpl or Krieglach). You can contact us during our opening hours. Phone: +43-3855/2375 and E-Mail:


Peter Roseggers Geburtshaus Kluppeneggerhof am Alpl

Also visit Rosegger's Birthplace!

Alpl, 30 min hike from the parking lot

Peter Rosegger was born in this simple mountain farmer’s house from the 18th century in 1843, the first of seven children.


Peter Rosegger Birthplace & Museum

Birthplace, Alpl 42, 8671 Alpl
& Museum, Roseggerstraße 44, 8670 Krieglach, Österreich
T +43-3855/2375


Opening Hours
24. March to 31. October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 4pm

Rosegger's Birthplace Alpl
Rosegger-Museum Krieglach