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Graz

The roots of the Styrian capital Graz date back to the Roman age. Austria's second biggest city lies on both sides of the River Mur and is well-known for its medieval city center and modern architectural highlights.

Images of Graz

  • Rooftops of Graz Austria © Steiermarkt Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Rooftops of Graz Austria © Steiermarkt Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • Clocktower in Graz Austria © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Clocktower in Graz Austria © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver
  • Graz Art Museum, The Kunsthaus © Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer Graz Art Museum, The Kunsthaus © Graz Tourismus - Harry Schiffer
  • Graz City Centre, Austria © Österreich Werbung/Bohnacker Graz City Centre, Austria © Österreich Werbung/Bohnacker
  • City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum, Andreas Vormayr City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum, Andreas Vormayr
  • Murinsel in the River Mur, Graz Austria © Österreich Werbung / Popp & Hackner Murinsel in the River Mur, Graz Austria © Österreich Werbung / Popp & Hackner
graz blick auf schlossberg © Steiermark Tourismus/ Harry Schiffer graz blick auf schlossberg © Steiermark Tourismus/ Harry Schiffer

Top 5 things to do in Graz

About Graz


Graz is dominated by the Schlossberg, a forested mountain which rises over the medieval town center and is crisscrossed with walks from all sides. At the top is a bell tower which formed part of the now demolished castle and once was the emblem of the city. Graz’s new landmark, the Kunsthaus (House of Modern Art) was constructed right next to the River Mur in 2003 where it floats like a giant, bluish bubble.

Graz, with a population of 250,000, has a great number of interesting sights ranging from old and time-honored to dynamic and modern. The late-gothic cathedral is reminiscent of the times when Graz was still an imperial seat. The baroque Mausoleum of Emperor Kaiser Ferdinand II next door is an impressive sight. The 5-story Landeszeughaus (provincial armory) houses an incredible 32,000 historic armor and weapons. The Landhaus with its Renaissance arcaded courtyard almost looks like a Venetian palazzo.

Joanneum, donated by prince Johann at the beginning of the 19th century, is Austria’s largest provincial museum and spotlights nature, culture and arts in Styria. The Murinsel is an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur. It was constructed by the New York artist and designer Vito Acconci on the occasion of Graz becoming the 2003 European Capital of Culture.

Special events include the 'Styriarte', a music festival dedicated mainly to early music, the 'Steirischer Herbst' (Styrian Fall), a festival spotlighting theater, the fine arts, literature and music, the 'Jazz Summer', and the 'Eggenberg Palace Concerts'. Event centers like Kunsthaus, Stadthalle, the Opera, the theatre and forum stadtpark host great cultural activities throughout the year.

For more information on Graz in Austria, please visit www.visitgraz.com

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