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.
, 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.