Across the road from the Cathedral is the imperial residence of the Burg. The building was started in 1438 by Emperor Frederick III, and before the end of that century its most famous architectural piece had been put in place: the double spiral staircase. These two intertwined staircases are known locally as the "stairs of reconciliation", because if you separate on the way up, you will reunite again before you reach the top. They are very distinctive and make for some great photographs.
While I was there the entire town of Graz was suffering from ice dam fallout from the roofs of the city. There were red and white marker sticks leaning up against most walls. When I arrived at the Burg there was a guy on the roof clearing the snow off. He was about five storeys up, and attached precariously to a rope tying him up through the window to an internal anchor. To be honest his display was more exciting than the Burg itself, and I've included a picture of him in the collection.
The Burg of Graz dates back to the year 1438 and was it was built as the residence for the royal family. Today the Burg houses administrative offices , but you may enter there freely and without restrictions during the day and take a look at a few things that are quite interesting :
walk into that small tower in order to see the double-spiral-staircase of 1499 (my next tip )
AEIOU - is an abbreviation that was often used by the Austrian emperors and next to the tower you may read it on a stone. emperor Friedrich III used to "sign" all of his buildings that way.
There is also a stone with an inscription in hebrew, opposite of the entrance of the staircase.
Inside the tower of the Burg of Graz you may see the most funny staircase I have ever seen - 2 seperate spirals meeting each other again and again on every floor and going each other ways again and meeting again...
This double-spiral staircase dates back to the year 1499 and you may walk there freely and without restrictions up and down during the day.
In order to take such a picture there you will need a wide-angle-lens with 20mm or even less !
This interesting double spiral staircase has remained of former Gothic architectural style
in the Burg's building.
One side of these narrow stairs is for going up and the other side is for coming down.
In the second floor is a nice view onto Dom Cathedral
Burg in the Hofgasse is a castle dated back to 15th century. Originaly it was built in Gothic architectural style. Presently, a local goverment has a headquoters in this building