The Grazer Uhrturm (Clock tower) is the most important symbol of Graz. Standing 28 metres high, it has stood on top of the Schlossberg hill since 1560, although there has been a tower on this spot since 13th century. The clock had only an hour hand to begin with and the minute hand was added much later. The oldest of the three bells dates back to 1382.It’s original use was as a defence tower.The three corners of the tower houses chambers which were used by guards watching for fires, they were able to signal with red flags to the firemen below and direct them to where the fire was coming from.
The word “Schloßberg” literally means “castle mountain”, which describes it exactly. It is a hill topped by a castle, in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria. Among Graz’s most famous tourist attractions, the castle, never occupied until its partial demolition by Napoleonic forces under the Peace of Schönbrunn of 1809, was once a place of refuge for Graz’s residents. It was turned into a public park on account of Ludwig von Welden in 1839. The Schloßberg contains an “Uhrturm” (clock tower), which functions as a recognisable icon for the city. Near the Uhrturm there is a café with views over the old town. Additionally, on the western side of the Schloßberg, there are two smallcafés, one with table service and the other one with self-service.
Next to the terminus of the funicular railway there is a hilltop restaurant with views of western Graz. There is also a Turkish Well that was built by Turkish slaves that was used to get water during times when Schlossberg was under siege. The water was routed from the nearby River Mur. An open-air stage for concerts and performances is located in the cellars of the former fortress. Furthermore, you can see two bastions and the belltower. To reach the top of the hill one can either take the funicular railway (Schloßbergbahn), anelevator built inside the mountain, or one of the older sets of pathways and steps.
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