The Schloss Eggenberg contains the Alte Galerie – a world class art museum with none of Vienna’s crowds. It has work by Michael Pacher, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Giovanni Pietro de Pomis, and an extensive collection of stained glass, Maria statues, and panel paintings. If you’re a medievalist, you’re not going to want to miss this one.
Scavenger hunt enthusiasts can look for:
- A colorful Virgin Mary in the act of giving birth
- A realistic death portrait of an Emperor
- A skeleton accompanying a blissfully unaware man in a lute duet
- One of the first uses of Renaissance perspective in Austrian art
- Early mining technology
- Graz’s Catholic crusader, Ferdinand II, crushing the Protestant heresy under his foot
The Alte Galerie is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday from April to October. It can be visited November to January 6, but only as part of a guided tour.