Schloss Eggenberg (Eggenberg Palace)

 Schloss Castle Palace Eggenberg

Location: Styria

Constructed 17th century


Schloss Eggenberg or Eggenberg Palace is a historic residence in the state of Styria in Austria. It is situated several kilometres West of state capital of Graz.


Description of Schloss Eggenberg or Eggenberg Palace


Schloss Eggenberg or Eggenberg Palace was erected in 1625- 35 by Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg. Its layout was largely determined by the base of a citadel that dates back to the late Middle Ages. Balthasar Eggenberger baught these lands between 1460 and 1463. By 1470 he erected a free standing tower. Its lower level was taken by a small chapel. In the 15th and 16th centuries Eggenberg Castle was expanded and strengthened. However by the early 17th century the citadel lost much of its military value. Instead it was turned into a private residence of Eggenberg family. It thus was turned into a palace.


Today Schloss Eggenberg  is nationalised and houses Alte Galerie or Old Gallery that contains a collection of 19th and 20th century art. Some of the works belong to Brueghel the Younger (1564- 1638), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472- 1553) and many others. Additionally Schloss Eggenberg contains a collection of artefacts that were discovered here during archaeological digs. Also parts of Castle Eggenberg houses Hunting Museum or Jagdmuseum that displays an exposition of stuffed animals that live here.