Landhaus Graz is a Renaissance structure that consists of several tracts, which were gradually bought or constructed by the Styrian assembly in the 16th century. The oldest section is that of Schmiedgasse 5, built between 1500 and 1510. Italian Architect Domenico Dell’Allio built the main tract, in the Herrengasse, in Venetian style in 1557. Despite this mix of origins, the whole complex appears as one unified building because great care was taken to incorporate the various building styles into one harmonious exterior.
In Old Town Graz you’ll soon discover that many houses have vast courtyards with arcaded galleries every bit as interesting as the facades. This is especially true for the Landhaus, which has three courtyards that serve as venues for concerts and other events in summer. It features a huge ice playground during the Christmas season. The Landhaus also houses Styria’s provincial government. The building is open to the public daily and tours are available upon request.
Especially interesting is the Medieval Armory, or Zeughaus, built between 1642 and 1645, which was used to store the armor and weapons for the defense against invading Turkish armies. Browse the collection of 32,000 items and see pieces of armor, swords, firearms and even horse armor.
Located in the cellars of the historic Landhaus is the “Landhaus Keller,” a popular restaurant with the locals serving traditional Austrian food and drinks: The perfect location to end your visit.
The Landhaus and Zeughaus are a block away from the Hauptplatz tram station and are best accessed via the entrance in the Herrengasse. The Landhaus is open from Wednesday through Monday during Summer, which runs from April to October. During the cold winter months, the Zeughaus is accessible only as part of a guided tour, which takes between one and two hours. The entrance fee is cheaper for children, students and seniors.