Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 6: Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 6: Graz - Hallstatt
Stage 5: Villach/Velden – Hochosterwitz Castle - Graz
This 9-stage itinerary takes you from Vorarlberg, Austria's westermost provice through the Alps to the lowlands of Burgenland.
A walkable city with an intimate Southern flair, Graz boasts an array of cultural attractions, festivals and culinary delights. Though it's Austria's second-largest city, a day is plenty to tour the historic Old Town -- a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site -- and its most important sights.
From a historic perspective and a culinary one, the province of Styria is well worth discovering. Just two hours south of Vienna you'll find rolling hills lined with vineyards, orchards and bright pumpkin patches. Sprinkled throughout is the perfect mix of medieval castles and manufacturers of local delicacies.
There are many reasons to visit Graz. The picturesque, bustling university town in southern Austria is about an hour away from the border to Slovenia, surrounded by lush orchards and sun-drenched vineyards. From numerous cultural attractions, both historic and modern, to distinctions such as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status, there is plenty to see and do. But the key to the city lies in unlocking its culinary treasures, which have earned it the title "Austria’s Culinary Capital".
The city of Graz is a blend of old and new Austria. With one of the best preserved old-towns in Europe, it offers a glimpse into the past, and with four universities, it simultaneously establishes itself as a European capital of architecture and design. Here are five attractions that are not to be missed.
Christmas is one of the most magical times in Graz, when the city dresses to impress in full holiday splendor. Enchanting Christmas Markets open their gates in the historic city center a week before the first of four Advent Sundays, and are so popular that today Christmas counts as Graz’s fifth season.
Sightseeing does not have to be all about following the guidebook in Austria's cities, as those looking for something a little bit different are sure to find out on one of these less conventional tours...
Austria’s cities fascinate with their monumental buildings spanning all major epochs from Gothic to Renaissance, from Baroque to Jugendstil, as well as contemporary architecture. Historic settings are the backdrop for today's events, leisurely shopping tours and wonderful culinary experiences. Let yourself be charmed!
Foodies will tell you that the town’s most important attraction lies just a little off the historic city center of Graz, tucked away behind the Neoclassicist Opera House. The local farmers market is both a testament to local culture and a paradise for gourmets foraging for new ingredients and fresh local produce.
Austria’s reputation as a nation with a great cultural tradition is due not only to its music, literature and art. This country also boasts many towering architectural achievements. As in every other artistic field, interaction and exchange with other cultures has always been crucial to the further development of Austria’s architecture.
During their centuries-long domination of Europe, the Habsburgs proved to be not only passionate builders, but also keen travellers - a fact that is manifested in the diversity of imperial structures all across Austria.
Austria's reliable and comfortable trains make it a pleasure to embark on this 12-day journey (or even parts of it) that takes you from Vienna via Salzburg to Innsbruck.
Austria and culture are an inseparable unit. Here is a selection of top attractions that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.
A step toward overcoming barriers: every summer at the beginning of August, Graz becomes one huge stage for a festival of street and puppet theater.
Electronic music is the most important thing on earth. This, in any case, is the point of departure for Graz springfestival, Austria’s largest festival for new electronic music, which is held each year over one long weekend in June.
A sign emblazoned with the name “Styria” greets travelers in twenty-five languages. This is a sign of a cosmopolitan spirit that is also found at the steirischer herbst.
Small, stylish, and anything but conventional: at Graz’s Dom Hotel the guest resides in the colourful, artistic ambience of a time-honoured city palace.
Geographically, politically, artistically and culinarily, all roads have led to Vienna for centuries. The results speak for themselves. Imperial grandeur. Cutting-edge culture. Stunning natural beauty. Austria doesn't just embody the great European traditions -- it's the essence of Europe itself.
Summer after summer Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s styriarte festival in Graz is the place to be when it comes to new interpretations of old masters.
Vineyards and castles dominate the landscape to the south and the west of Graz. An area rich in tradition, it is a favorite get-away for the people of Graz, who welcome any excuse for a culinary excursion into the wine region.
There are numerous fables surrounding the “Schlossberg”, the city mountain of Graz. It is the only rock formation on an otherwise large plain. As such, it not only sparked people’s imaginations, but it was also the perfect place to settle and build impressive fortifications.
During Advent, as the four weeks that lead up to Christmas are called in Austria, Graz literally lights up at night. All the main streets and squares are festively decorated, some in traditional fashion, some more adventurously...
Graz locals called it "the friendly alien," the unusual building that revived an entire neighborhood. The truly singular Kunsthaus hosts contemporary art exhibitions, a café and media lounge -- and happens to afford one of the best views of the old city.
The Murinsel in Graz is an artificial floating island made of steel and glass reconnecting the city and its river. On the floating island, drink a coffee, listen to live music, and simply enjoy the view over the city from a different view.
The Old-Town is the heart and soul of Graz. Encompassing the city mountain, former fortifications, charming alleyways, medieval building facades as well as extraordinary modern architecture, it is a living museum with a modern twist. Summer and winter, the city is bustling with activity.
The first impression you’ll get of Eggenberg castle when you walk up to its gates, are the many peacocks roaming the extensive grounds. These unusual, stunning birds are not only harbingers of the beauty that awaits you inside the castle, they also hint at the eccentricities of its founder, who built the castle in the 17th century as a symbol of his newly acquired status in the Imperial Court.
Walking through endless rows of heavy halberds, needle sharp spears and iron armor plates in the world’s largest original armory, you can’t help but picture the mighty warriors of old sitting on their heavy war-horses in ornate armor, riding to defend their borders.
Austria’s southern beauty, the city of Graz, is a place of its own kind. Just two hours by car south of Vienna, the Styrian capital boasts culinary wonders from its nearby region that make your mouth water. Taste your way through this charming medieval city and don’t forget to bring back some delicatessen for your family and friends. Believe us, they will be upset if you don’t!
The simple perfection of classic Austrian cuisine, gracious hospitality, and local expertise makes “Der Steirer” a favorite eatery for everyone who enjoys food & wine. You’ll appreciate the warm leisurely atmosphere whether enjoying just a few appetizers or a full meal with local wines by the glass.
Shopping to your heart’s content is something that is easy to do in Graz. From farmer’s markets to art shops and designer boutiques, you’ll find something for every taste. The undisputed highlight is the famous department store Kastner & Öhler, which has been newly renovated to combine historic flair with a modern shopping experience.
Once upon the time around 1990 there was a master confectioner who thought that all the existing chocolate creations on the market are simply a little bit too boring. So after business hours he started to explore in the quietness of his company’s back room...
The Styrian capital Graz, whose roots date back to the Roman age, lies on both sides of the River Mur, and is well-known for its medieval city center and modern architectural highlights.
Enjoy the luxuries of the good life – simply live in beautiful surroundings, eat and drink well and savour the landscape. A recipe for total relaxation.
Looking for an upscale dining experience? We have compiled a list of restaurants, that will enhance you travel experience. This list is in no way complete since there are so many of them throughout Austria.
Thought a vacation in Austria will cost you a fortune? Not necessarily - Austria’s cities offer numerous festivals, museums, galleries, sights and activities that are completely free of charge.