Garden Castle of Herberstein
Between knights and roses
The “Garden Castle of Herberstein” is located in the east of Styria in the municipality of Stubenberg am See. The fortified castle stands high on an east-west-facing rock. Not visible from distance, in the middle of a nature reserve. The oldest parts of the castle date to the end of the 13th century. In the middle of the 16th century, it was expanded and transformed into a residential building with Renaissance elements. Since 21 generations, the castle is owned by the Herberstein family. In the 17th and 18th centuries, about one fifth of Styria was owned by the Counts of Herberstein. Their possession of more than a dozen castles and palaces from Istria to Bohemia, from Carinthia to Silesia made the Herberstein’s a leading power in Europe.
Blooming Fairy Tales
Today, the “Garden Castle of Herberstein” still serves the Herberstein family as a residence and administrative seat. This place is not called a Garden Castle without reason. Sprouting, twining, blooming, sweet-smelling, thriving, the castle’s impressive gardens date back to the 16th century and are inseparably linked to this place. They invite one to stroll and be astonished.
During a relaxing walk through the flowers on the garden grounds, you will learn interesting facts about the history of European garden culture from the Middle Ages down to the present.
Experience and discover more than 130 animal species from all over the world in the “Herberstein Wildlife Park” on its extensive park grounds. Johann Maximilian I, Freiherr zu Herberstein, brought the first animals, fallow deer, from Italy in the 17th century.
The private zoo was first opened to the public in the 20th century. Today the “Herberstein Wildlife Park” is home for many exotic animals and is operated by the Federal State of Styria. It is operated according to scientific principles of zoo management.
8222 St. Johann bei Herberstein