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Pöllau Castle
The "Styrian St. Peter's cathedral"
A generous gift.

In the middle of Pöllau rises today's castle and former Augustinian monastery. In 1482 Hans Neuberg, the former owner of the castle and the market Pöllau, decreeded to redesign the castle in an Augustinian monastery after his death . The "Monastery Pöllau" was finally founded 22 years later. In the same year, eight canons under Provost Ulrich moved from the Monastery Vorau to Pöllau. Between 1677 and 1779, the monastery was rebuilt and expanded. The ground plan of the church and the mighty domed building were modeled on the St. Peter's Basilica in Rome - in the vernacular, the building is therefore often referred to as "Styrian St. Peter's cathedral".

Traces remain.

However, the Pöllau Abbey was already repealed six years later in the course of the Josephine reforms and handed over to the state. But the nearly 300-year-old work of the canons made Pöllau the spiritual, cultural and economic center of the whole Pöllauer valley. Today, the castle is owned by the market town of Pöllau. Parish church and east wing belong to the diocese Graz-Seckau. It houses event space such as the great and small "fresco hall", refectory, seminar and exhibition rooms, the music school Pöllau-Vorau-Joglland, the rehearsal rooms of the renowned music band, the tourist office and much more.

Exhibitions & Guided tours
Parish Church and Pöllau Castle
The former collegiate church in Pöllau, also called "Styrian St. Peter's cathedral", is one of the largest baroque churches in the country!
Guided tours bookable at the tourist office.
T: +43 3335/4210

European Centre for the History of Physics 
Echophysics "The Exposed Man”
Schloss 1, A 8225 Pöllau
mid. April - early November
Tue. - Sun; 10am - 5pm
Guided tours for groups (only by appointment).
Program for children & pupils
Content: During a guided tour of the former Augustinian canons' Monastery, a lot can be learned about the history of the parish church Pöllau. Due to the size and layout of the baroque church is often referred to as "Styrian St. Peter's cathedral". It is also possible to discover the foundations of the former moated castle on which the new convent building was built.
Duration: 1 hour
Price: € 2.50 per student
Meeting point: main entrance of the parish church Pöllau
With the GenussCard, this tour is free!

Content: In the footsteps of our ancestors. At this rally interesting points of the market Pöllau are visited. It is very important to have a close look, to pay attention to notes and to read tasks accurately. With this rally you can get to know the historical development of Pöllau.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: € 3.50 per student
Meeting point: main entrance of the parish church Pöllau


Content: Guided tour historical market, parks & parish church Pöllau. The historical picture of Pöllau is not only influenced by the imposing sacred building and the former convent of the parish church Pöllau. In a tour through the town center, the secular history comes to life in impressive architectural monuments. Old craft, the work of the Augustinian canons outside the monastery walls and the "rule of centuries past" have left their mark everywhere in the village. Also visited are the beautiful parks such as the castle park and Aupark. The castle park also houses the outdoor class and the first Styrian root show garden.
Duration: 3 hours
Price: € 7.50 per pupil
Meeting point: main entrance of the parish church Pöllau

Content: Echophysics "Radiation - Exposed Man" shows the heads and devices that have brought us the knowledge of radiation. The exhibition shows in text and pictures the career of modern physics. More than 600 devices, photos, films and documents, including the complete collection of original measuring instruments of the Vienna Institute for Radium Research and the Styrian Nobel Laureate for Physics, Victor Franz Hess.
Duration: 1 hour
Price: Admission € 1,50 per student
Surcharge for guidance: € 1,00 per pupil
Meeting point: Pöllau Castle
Dates: April to November, Thu to Sun, 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment
Registration: required for guided tours at Tel: +43 (0) 664/88 615 896
With the GenussCard, admission is free!
Contact & Info
Tourism association Nature park Pöllauer valley
8225 Pöllau bei Hartberg, Schloss 1
Phone: +43 (0)3335-42 10 
Fax: +43 (0)3335-42 35

Office opening times:
Monday to Friday from 9am - 4pm

Pictures ©
Alfred Mayer
Martin Ziverts
Helmut Schweighofer
Hans Weissenbacher
Nature park Pöllauer valley
Martins Ziverts
Pöllau Castle
Interreg Slovenia
Burgenland Stiftung
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