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The renaissance city of Graz

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The Styrian capital Graz, with roots dating back to the Roman age, lies on either side of River Mur. Graz is well-known for its striking buildings and architecture.
daecherlandschaft graz © Steiermark Tourismus Harry Schiffer daecherlandschaft graz © Steiermark Tourismus Harry Schiffer

Things to do in Graz

  1. 24 hours in Graz
  2. Five Must-Sees in Graz
  3. Graz’s Wine Region
  4. A Gourmet’s Guide to Graz
  5. The Armory in Graz
Graz, with a population of 250,000, has a great number of interesting sights ranging from old and time-honored to dynamic and modern.

Here is a list of some of Graz' must sees:
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 was constructed right next to the River Mur in 2003 where it floats like a giant, bluish bubble.

Part of your ticket to the Kunsthaus is the entrance to Eggenberg castle with its amazing park. The architecture of Schloss Eggenberg is based on the Gregorian calendar: 365 exterior windows, one for each day of the year. Of these, 52 are on the 24 rooms of the piano nobile representing the weeks of one year. The second story contains 24 state rooms in a ring-shaped arrangement and symbolize the hours in a day. Every floor in the building bares exactly 31 rooms counting the maximum number of days in a calendar month. The 52 windows of the piano nobile with the 8 windows of the Planetary Room make a total of 60, representing both the number of seconds in a minute and the minutes in an hour.
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 (Styrian 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 highlights nature, culture and arts in Styria. The Murinsel - Island in the river Mur - is an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur. It was constructed by 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 focused on contemporary theater, fine arts, literature & music, and the Eggenberg Palace Concerts. Kunsthaus, Stadthalle, the Opera, the theater and forum stadtpark host great cultural activities throughout the year.

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Vineyards in Southern Styria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Vineyards in Southern Styria © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller

Graz’s Wine Region

Vineyards & castles dominate the landscape to the south and the west of Graz. A favorite get-away for locals & visitors alike.
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The clocktower in Graz on the city mountain Schlossberg © Österreich Werbung/Diejun The clocktower in Graz on the city mountain Schlossberg © Österreich Werbung/Diejun

The Schlossberg

There are numerous fables surrounding the “Schlossberg”, the city mountain of Graz.
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Island in the river mur, Graz © Oesterreich Werbung, Viennaslide Island in the river mur, Graz © Oesterreich Werbung, Viennaslide

Floating Island of Graz

Have a coffee, listen to music at the Murinsel, an artificial floating island made of steel and glass reconnecting the city and its river.
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Kunsthaus, Graz © Graz Tourismus/Harry Schiffer Kunsthaus, Graz © Graz Tourismus/Harry Schiffer

Kunsthaus Graz

Graz locals called it "the friendly alien," the unusual building that revived an entire neighborhood.
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Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Styria © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Styria © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer

Schloss Eggenberg

The first impression you’ll get of Eggenberg castle when you walk up to its gates, are the many peacocks roaming the extensive grounds.
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The city mountain Schlossberg in Graz © Harry Schiffer The city mountain Schlossberg in Graz © Harry Schiffer

Old town of Graz

The Old-Town is the heart & soul of Graz. Encompassing the Schlossberg, former fortifications, charming alleyways, and more.
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The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer

The Armory in Graz

Explore endless rows of heavy halberds, needle sharp spears & iron armor plates in the world’s largest original armory.
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Impressions of Graz

  • Kunsthaus Graz, also known as 'the friendly alien' © Österreich Werbung, Viennaslide Kunsthaus Graz, also known as 'the friendly alien' © Österreich Werbung, Viennaslide
  • Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver Birdseye view of the Kunsthaus Graz also called the friendly alien © Österreich Werbung / Julius Silver
  • The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer
  • City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum, Andreas Vormayr City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum, Andreas Vormayr
  • Enjoy mediterranean flair at Mehlplatz in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Werner Krug Enjoy mediterranean flair at Mehlplatz in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Werner Krug
  • Palace Eggenberg © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer Palace Eggenberg © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer
  • The Murinsel, Graz © Österreich Werbung/Popp Hackner The Murinsel, Graz © Österreich Werbung/Popp Hackner

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Graz Tourist Information

Telephone: +43 316 8075-0

Graz Tourist Information

Telephone: +43 316 8075-0

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