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    The Schlossberg

    by IreneMcKay Updated Sep 1, 2014

    The Schlossberg is a mountain in the centre of Graz.

    An old legend tells how Graz originally had only a small hill known as Schöckl. The people of Graz made a pact with the devil telling him that if he made their mountain higher, they would give him the soul of the first person to climb up there. The devil agreed. He went to Africa and broke off an enormous piece of rock from a tall mountain then brought this to Graz to place on the Schöckl. However, the people of Graz had no intention of letting the devil take anyone's soul. A huge procession of people were waiting to climb Schlossberg together on Easter Sunday when the devil's powers are useless. The devil was so angry at their trick he threw down the rock in fury and it broke. The larger part became Schlossberg, the smaller became Austein - Graz's Calvary Hill.

    There has been a castle on Schlossberg for more than a thousand years. Today you can still see parts of the castle plus Graz's bell tower which contains - the "Liesl", the heaviest bell of Graz dating from the sixteenth century. You can also see Graz's famous clock tower - one of the symbol's of Graz.

    Long ago only the hour was shown on clocks and since this clock tower was high on a hill, the hour hands were huge to let people see them. When minute hands were added many years later to this clock, they were smaller than the hour hands, so telling the time here is a little confusing.

    In 1809 when Napoleon won a military victory over the Hapsburgs, he demanded the demolition of the fortress. The horrified people of Graz raised large sums of money to persuade him not to destroy the bell tower or clock tower.

    Nowadays you can still see the casemate open-air stage in the cellars of the fortress's ruined main building.

    You can get up to the top of Schlossberg on foot via a staircase of 260 steps or via a funicular which has been in operation since 1894 or somewhat surreally via an elevator which travels up through the midst of the mountain.

    Under Schlossberg Mountain there is a network of tunnels which were used as air raid shelters in World War 11.

    The Clock Tower Part of Fortress The Bell Tower Stairway up. Tunnels.
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    Schlossberg - Gardens

    by IreneMcKay Updated Sep 1, 2014

    One of my favourite parts of the Schlossberg were its wonderful hanging gardens. These were a blaze of colour and there were good views over the town from them. They are called the hanging gardens as they are perched on the edge of Schlossberg and down its stairways.

    As well as these gardens there was greenery and colour all over Schlossberg.

    Schlossberg also had a few statues dotted around.

    Statue near Clock Tower Pagoda Hanging Gardens Hanging Gardens Clock Tower from Hanging Gardens
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    Schlossberg Views

    by IreneMcKay Written Sep 1, 2014

    Even if you are not into old fortresses you would probably still love Schlossberg for its beautiful views over Graz. You can gaze over the old town and the Mur River and also over some of Graz's more modern sights.

    View from Schlossberg View from Schlossberg View from Schlossberg Ultra Modern Art Museum Chinese Pagoda and Mur River.
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    Schlossberg

    by antistar Updated Oct 21, 2012

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    A giant slab of rock dropped right into the middle of the city was once the home of a powerful fortress, but now the home of a beautiful piece of parkland with amazing views over the city. The berg reminded me of a similar tree clad hill in my own town of Coburg, but this one was so close to the city center, with such staggering steep sides, that you could look right down into the busy streets below. There can't be many places like this in the world.

    The Schlossberg contains a quaint stump of a clock tower with reversed hands, a meandering array of paths through the trees, and some breathtaking views. There are a myriad of ways up to the park too. You can walk up one of the gently sloping paths, climb the dizzying 260 steps of the Schlossbergtreppe, take the lift straight up through the centre of the rock, or take the leisurely trip on the Schlossbergbahn. All of which are worth a "Things to Do" entry of their own.

    The Schlossberg is an exceptional place which I visited several times, at night and during the day, and is one of the two main highlights of the city.

    Graz from the Schlossberg Graz from the Schlossberg Graz from the Schlossberg Graz from the Schlossberg Graz from the Schlossberg

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    Schlossbergplatz

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    Schlossbergplatz is small inattractive square but it's the main point to get to the Castle Hill. There are three options to get to the top of the Castle Hill; first one is by the very steep stairway and, at the same time, it's most demanding and not advisable to those who aren't in good conditions, the second one is by the small tran while the third option is by the elevator.
    If taking steep stairway case you could suffer of breathing but your effort will be aworded by the magnificent view at the Mur River. Schlossbergsteppe has 260 steps!

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    Schlossberg - miscellaneous

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    The Stall Bastion is massive fortress with up to 6 mt. thick walls built in 1544. The stables situated here gave the bastion its name.
    The cistern Turkenbrunnen (Turkish Well) is near 100 mt. deep, it is one of the few remains in the city left from the Turkish rule.
    The mock Egyptian Gate was constructed around 1820 by Bonaventura Hoedl.
    The Chinese Pavillion is perfect spot for the city sightseeing.
    Starche Haus is bar and restaurant with the view, no other such a place excisting in Graz.

    The Stall Bastion Turkerbrunnen Chinese pavillion Starchehaus Egyptian Gate

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    Schlossberg and Clocktower, Liesl, Hackherlöwe

    by elgin99 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Schlossberg (Palace mountain) is the heart of Graz. A green island in the sea of house of the town. He rises 123 ms above the Main Square (Hauptplatz). Formerly he served with his old fortress in the defense of the town.

    The Clocktower on the mountain is the landmark and symbol of the town. He was built 1560. There hangs one of the oldest bells of the country, named Lumpenglocke. She has a specific feature. The watch hands are inverted (reversed). The big one indicates the hours, the small one the minutes. Thus one could ascertain the time better from the town.

    On Schlossberg are also "Liesl" and the "Hackherlöwe".
    Liesl is the most famous bell of the town. She is in the Belltower. Bell shall remember for Holy Elisabeth (of Thuringia).

    The Hackher-Löwe (Hackher- lion) is a monument for memory of the defense against France in 1809. The leader was the major Franz Hackher.

    Further you can see on Schlossberg: Gun bastion, Turkish well.

    On Schlossberg you have also a nice outdoor restaurant.

    Schlossberg Graz with clock tower
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    Clocktower

    by shellybelly567 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Uhrturm (clock tower) stands 28m high and was built in 1550. When it was first built, it only had an hour hand, but a minute hand was added at a later date, so now the citizens of Graz don't just guess-they know exactly what time it is.

    The picture I have included actually focuses on the stairs carved into the cliff under the clock. Looks like fun, huh?

    Again, check out the website at the bottom of this page-it's pretty cool.

    Graz's Clocktower

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    Schlossberg fortress

    by aramat Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Only very little has remained of the old fortress which withstood many attacks: the belfry, the casamates and the ruins of some walls. The fortress area has a nice ambiance however, and the views are superb, so it's worth a visit.

    Belfry, Schlossberg
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    Schlossberg

    by Boniek Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    The main attraction in Graz is the Schlossberg (Clock Tower). It stands proud and is visible from all points in the city. You gotta climb to the top to see the fabulous view of Graz and the surrounding area. Once up there you can see how far you are from your home town and in which direction too - except Dublin. (Not impressed there, lads!!!!!!)

    If your feeling fit and healthy take the steps UP. There are 100's of them - I counted them but have forgotten. By the time you reach the top you'll have a thirst on you so bad it's like you swallowed sand-paper. Only a cool glass of Puntigammer beer will kill it!! So yes, there's a bar - Hey, I'm Irish - I notice these things. You can also take the angled tram up to the top for a couple of euros.

    Coming down is not so bad. But try not trip. I saw one person trip and then tumble in way that would make a world class floor gymnast hang up her leotard!!

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    City Views

    by pure1942 Written Apr 16, 2008

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    Without doubt, the best place to e njoy panoramic views over the red roof houses of Graz and beyong is from the Schlossberg Hill. You can enjoy views out over the city and towards the Mountains and Hills surrounding Graz from the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Schlossberg. THe hill also has specific viewing platforms with telescopes for rent and information on the surrounding countryside, naming the mountains on view from that particular point. At the viewing platform there is an information table set into the wall which has arrows to each mountain as well as showing the direction of most major European cities.

    From the Schlossberg you get great panoramic views up and down the River Mur as well as overhead views of the Kunsthaus, Mur Island, Rathaus, Hauptplatz, Franciscan Church and Cathedral.

    View towards Mountains View over City View from Schlossberg Garden View towards Hauptplatz View towards Cathedral

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    Schlossbergplatz and Schlossberg Stairs

    by pure1942 Written Apr 16, 2008

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    The Schlossberg Stairs are located at the far end of Schlossbergplatz. The impressive stairs are cut into the rockface of the Schlossberg Hill and doubles back and forth up to the top of the hill and clock tower. Great views over the city can be enjoyed during the climb up the steps. The 260 steps of the stairs are a much more enjoyable (although tiring!) way to reach the top of the Schlossberg. For the less energetic, you can take the Schlossbergbahn or lift.

    Schlossberg Stairs Schlossbergplatz from Stairs Red Roofs of Graz from Schlossberg Stairs View from Stairs

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    Schlossberg Restaurant

    by pure1942 Updated Apr 16, 2008

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    Admittedly I was a bit dissapointed to discover that this portion of the old fortress is now a restaurant. I don't know why, but looking up at this building from the centre of Graz I expected something more interesting than a restaurant to occupy this craggy outcrop of the Schlossberg. Capitalism at its finest!
    It certainly looks more interesting than it is and makes a nice picture. The restaurant also boasts great views over the city.

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    Schlossberg Gardens

    by pure1942 Written Apr 16, 2008

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    The Schlossberg has a lot to offer anyone making the climb (or funicular ride) to the top. Apart from the ancient fortress remains and ramparts, clock tower and Liesl Bell Tower, the hill has a number of beautifully laid out gardens. I was lucky enough to visit during the spring when the gardens were just bursting into life...cherry blossom everywhere. The gardens are one of the nicest places in Graz to hang out and enjoy the views over the city on a sunny day.

    Schlossberg Garden and city views Schlossberg garden and city view Cherry Blossom

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    Schlossberg

    by pure1942 Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    The Schlossberg hill towers over the centre of Graz. A fortress once stood on top of the Schlossberg but most of this fortress was destroyed by Napoloen during his forces siege on the city of Graz. The Clock Tower, Liesl Belltower and some ramparts are all that remain of the original defensive fortress.
    The Schlossberg can be reached using the Schlossbergbahn funicular or by taking the beautiful stone stairway cut into the hill.
    From the top of the hill you can enjoy great views over the red roofs of the city and beyond.

    Schlossberg and Murinsel Schlossberg View from Schlossberg Red Roofs Stairway up the Schlossberg

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