Cultural Walk

Worth Seeing

Experience the ambience of the past on a virtual cultural walk through Hartberg. Get to know about the charisma of a modern, lively town and be surprised how old and new form a harmonious whole.

A Look Back

As early as in the youngest Stone Age there was a settlement around Hartberg. In the 3rd century BC one of the most important prehistoric Stryrian settlements surrounded by a mighty ring wall fortification was set up at Ringkogel, the local Hartberg hill. In 1122 the town was founded by Margrave Leopold I von Steyr. Hartberg has even been the central location of the country for some time. The first decree as civitas, as town originates from the year 1286.

Plain & Simple

The church of the Capuchin Monastery with the corresponding monastery wing at Kernstockplatz is in accordance with these observances. This building was erected in 1654 and it was situated outside the town walls.

Here the Reckturm (Reck tower) reminds us of a gruesome past because it was not only a fortification but a prison as well. The Reckturm originates from the second half of the 13th century. At the upper end of the park you find the former medieval castle form the beginning of the 12th century. The Hartberg Castle.

A Castle in the Centre of the Town

It was acquired from the Paar dynasty, who were later decreed princes, and reconstructed into a Renaissance castle in 1572. In the 17th century an arcade wing was added. Today, these rooms are used as an education centre.

From the piece and quiet

of the Castle’s Park you can immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the town. In Herrengasse there is the Steinpeiß House adjacent to the former court. In 1834 a second town hall was housed here which now accommodates the Town Museum showing an interesting documentary about early history and the Roman period.

Impressive Indeed

Only a few meters away, the small Kirchengasse (church alley) leads to the baroque Stadtpfarrkirche (town parish) St. Martin. It used to be a Romanesque choir tower church and was first mentioned in 1157. In 1467 it was revamped into the Gothic style and in the 18th century it was again expanded after a fire.

Ambitious Indeed

The Romanesque Charnel House with its grandiose frescoes is located in the immediate vicinity. The building was first set up under the patronage of the priest Ulrich in the 12th century who then was the highest-ranking clergyman. It used to be a charnel house and became a baptistery. It was only in the 17th century that the rectory was built. The portal with its plastering around it and the plastered ceiling and frescoes with scenes from the Old Testament in the basement are really worth seeing.

Characteristic Indeed

The Town Hall in the Main Square which was completed in 1898 and refurbished in 1998 is the secular antipole.

Foto (c) Ulrike Truger
Foto (c) Ulrike Truger

The Steinerne Fluß (Stony River) made by sculptress Ulrike Truger, represents contemporary art work in the pedestrian zone and embodies the underground flowing Stadtbach (town brook).

The Schöblinger Tower is right at the Stadtteich (Town Pond) as one of the last witnesses of a well-fortified past. This tower is part of the former town boundaries.