There is a mausoleum right next to Grazen Burg. When we think of mausoleums, we immediately think of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum. Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome was the Mausoleum of Hadrian. To be honest, I was curious about this mausoleum called Mausoleum Kaiser Ferdinands II. If you have been to the Imperial Crypt in Vienna, it is similar to the sarcophagus of Ferdinand II in the mausoleum.
Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria of the House of Habsburg, was a duke in Styria, where Graz is located, in the 17th century. This eternal resting place of the emperor, next to the Graze Dom, is inside a monumental 17th-century building. Along with the emperor, the remains of his wife and mother were also found here. I must say that the turquoise domes, one of the distinguishing features of the building, add beauty to the city.
You can also climb the tower of the mausoleum. However, in order to see the view from the top, you have to climb the exhausting steps one by one. When you reach the top, you can only see the outside through the wires. Since the surrounding buildings are also tall, I recommend you not to go up there expecting a wide view.
In Europe, museums don’t open at lunchtime, and we got here 15 minutes before closing time, so we had to visit quickly. In general, museum staff in Europe are very loyal to their hours. When it’s lunchtime, they close on time. Especially if you want to enter, you may have to wait even 1 hour depending on the time.
It can be visited every day from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:00. It is only open on Mondays and Fridays between January and April. The entrance fee to the Mausoleum of Ferdinand II is 4€. While you are here, be sure to see the architectural beauty of the spiral staircases known as Doppelwendeltreppe in Grazer Burg.