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Another photo from Graz.

Schloberg train: A funicular train running from Kaiser-Franz-Josef Kai-up to the casemates and the Schloberg restaurant.

This panorama shows the view over Graz in Austria from the Schloberg (Schlossberg). The word Schloberg means 'Castle Mountain' and at the top of the hill is Graz Castle. The hill rises 123m above the old town providing a commanding position in the city. Much of the castle was destroyed in the 1800's and replaced with a garden.

Today the Schloberg is one of the main attractions in Graz. From the top there are sweeping panoramic view of the city. At the top of the hill is the Grazer Uhrturm (Clock Tower), one of the main landmarks of Graz. Other attractions on the Schlossberg include the remains of Thomas Chapel, Canon Htte (Hut Canon), The War Climb, Turk Wells, Chinese Pavilion and Bishops Chair. Also at the top is a restaurant.

The Schloberg has been inhabited since the 8th Century BC, and in 1125 a Romanesque castle stood here. This was replaced in 1544 by a strong fortress, which was never defeated in battle. However, in 1809 Napoleon captured Vienna and threatened to destroy it unless the castle yielded. It was then subsequently mostly destroyed. During WWII extensive tunnels were built under Schloberg, some of which are still in use today.
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Additional Photos by Serghei Pakhomoff (serp2000) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3757 W: 74 N: 5850] (47063)
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