As I am coming from Vienna where there are so many baroque churches and palaces (which I have loved since my early childhood), I have always been very disappointed being in regions where there were none. Luckily there are a lot of baroque buildings in Styria, where I am living now, so I have the joy to discover one after the other. The South of Styria is one of my favorite hunting grounds. You find almost in every built-up area something amazing baroque.
Last time I was in the park of the so called Retzhof, a former noble palace, where one family after the other took their turns. The palace, which was a fortress in the middle age, got its structure/its today´s look in the 17th century. The loggia with piles and triangular shaped gable (s. photo above) dates from the early 19th century.
The best thing is that in our days you have easily access as there are several events, concerts, readings, seminars and most creative workshops. One of the next is a wood crafting workshop where you learn how to make utensils for the kitchen, there are others where you can start studying sculpting and painting still-life. Get their program here. Or go there and inspire yourself. It is truly worth.