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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.