Graz rocks

The Schlossberg is a constant companion on your way around Graz. Rising high above the roofscape, it is an intrinsic part of the city’s identity, a landmark par excellence. The Schlossberg hill is literally an outstanding feature of Graz. There are several ways of ascending the 475 metres:

Schloßberg funicular railway
Photo: Harry Schiffer for Graz Tourism
Schloßberg funicular railway

The funicular railway has been taking people up the Schlossberg hill ever since 1894. Now the third generation of carriages wind their way 110 metres to the top. The new carriages were designed by students of Industrial Design at the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences.

Schlossberg elevator
Photo: Harry Schiffer for Graz Tourism
Schlossberg elevator

Dim blue light illuminates the 77-metre-long shaft through which the Schlossberg elevator glides upwards, taking visitors directly up to the Clock Tower. This impressive barrier-free entrance to the Schlossberg was designed by architect Rainer Schmid and was opened in 2000. The Dom im Berg is located on the intermediate floor between the Clock Tower and the “ground floor”.

Dom im Berg
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Dom im Berg

The extensive tunnels inside the Schlossberg are home to all manner of special features, for instance the “Dom im Berg” event location. This is a dome-shaped room (architect: Rainer Schmid) covering 688 m² which was carved out of the Schlossberg rock to form an extravagant venue for all kinds of events in the fields of culture, science, politics and business.