Check out Graz’ most prominent sight and enjoy spectacular views of the medieval city on a walking tour of Schlossberg Hill. Ride the glass-topped funicular or lift up the once-fortified wooded hill, and take in its main attractions as you learn about its eventful history. Admire the panoramas over the red-roofed old town and visit the 16th-century Clock Tower and Bell Tower. Return funicular and lift tickets, and entrance fees included.
Walking tour of Schlossberg Hill in Graz
Ride the glass-topped Schlossberg funicular or lift to the summit
Soak in unbroken views over medieval Graz from the top
Tour the 16th-century Clock Tower, Bell Tower, and Gothic Gate
Learn about the Schlossberg’s history and its original medieval fortress
Entrance fees, plus return funicular and lift tickets included
Meet your guide at the Schlossbergplatz in Graz, and start your tour of Schlossberg Hill. On route, learn about the history of the forested hill and how it was once topped by vast medieval fortifications. Hear how they were largely destroyed by Napoleon in 1809, leaving only a few remnants, including a Clock Tower and Bell Tower. Ride the funicular up the wooded slopes, admiring the views of medieval Graz through the glass-roofed cabin. Alternatively, take the glass lift to the summit through the rocky core of the hill. On arrival, follow your guide to a terrace to admire the spectacular panoramas over Graz’ roofscapes. Capture the scenery on camera, and check out many of the sights of the hill. Ascend the creaky wooden stairs of the 16th-century Bell Tower, and admire its gigantic Liesl bell, cast from Turkish cannonballs. See the Gothic Gate of the old fortress, and stroll through ornamental gardens to the 16th-century Clock Tower. Head inside to hear the rattling, 300-year-old mechanism, and hear how the clock face was originally built with only hour hands.