Schloßberg

Graz, Austria

The Schloßberg is the site of ancient fortress in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria. The hill is now a public park and enjoys extensive views of the city. The fortification of the Schloßberg goes back to at least the 10th century. In the mid-16th century, a 400 m long fortress was constructed by architects from the north of Italy. There are records of a cable-hauled lift being in use between 1528 and 1595 to move construction materials for the fortifications. The castle was never conquered, but it was largely demolished by Napoleonic forces under the Treaty of Schönbrunn of 1809. The clock tower (the Uhrturm) and bell tower (the Glockenturm) were spared after the people of Graz paid a ransom for their preservation.

The remains of the castle were turned into a public park by Ludwig von Welden in 1839. The park contains the Uhrturm, the Glockenturm, a cistern and two bastions from the old castle. The Uhrturm is a recognisable icon for the city, and is unusual in that the clock's hands have opposite roles to the common notion, with the larger one marking hours while the smaller is for minutes. The Glockenturm contains Liesl, the heaviest bell in Graz.

Near the Uhrturm there is a café with views over the old town. Additionally, on the western side of the Schloßberg, there are two small cafés, one with table service and the other one with self-service. Next to the terminus of the funicular railway there is a hilltop restaurant with views of western Graz. In what was once the cellar of one of the ruined bastions is the Kasemattenbühne, an open-air stage for concerts and performances.

Below the Schloßberg hill is an extensive system of tunnels, which were created during the second world war to protect the civilian population of Graz from aerial bombing. Some of these tunnels are still accessible, including a passage from Schloßbergplatz to Karmeliterplatz, and a grotto railway for children. Also in the tunnel complex is the Dom im Berg, which was expanded in 2000 to provide a venue space for up to 600 people.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Austria

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Gini Smoja (16 months ago)
Nothing special, I didn't really like the view of the city. Spent €4 for the lift and probably no more than 10 minutes up top. If you feel like taking a walk and the weather is nice, go up on foot, however getting there just for the sake of visiting it is, in my opinion, not really worth it (even though it's like the most popular place of Graz).
Haris H. (2 years ago)
the most important place in the history of the city. you can go on foot, by elevator or cable car. the tram ticket is also valid for the cable car. a must-visit place for those visiting the city.
Anna Amanda Stolere (2 years ago)
My favourite place in the city - nice climb up and beautiful panorama around the Graz and further. There’re places to sit and chill, also cafe and Summer stage. Nice spot to visit and take a nice pictures! Must see when in Graz.
Vasilis Karakostas (2 years ago)
Important historical place of the city, and good for a nice walk. If you are lucky usually there are some artists playing instruments next to the clock. Nature is really wonderful and panorama view fantastic ?
Zenia Czebanienko (2 years ago)
You can have a great walk up the hill with a beautiful panorama of the city. Alternatively you can use a lilt located in the tunnel and slide down within 35-40 seconds. Great fun
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