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.
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.
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.
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.
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.