Graz is a city in flux, lively and vibrate. Sometimes fast and exciting, then again relaxed and with the necessary portion of tranquillity. But always with a distinct sense of taste and culture.
Graz: A Foodie's Paradise
Graz has been named Austria's Capital of Delight thanks to the wonderful skills of its chefs, who rely on their regional products as well as their courage to be creative. The partner restaurants of the Capital of Delight serve seasonal cuisine with the freshest ingredients. The southern flair of the city, the mild climate of the region and the many farmers' markets further add to the appeal.
Events like the Graz Food Festival, the Long Table of Graz, various culinary city tours and the Truffel Festival are integral parts of the city. The streets are lined with small, independent shops, cafés, restaurants, wine taverns and pubs. You will notice, that there is no big city rush in Graz. Instead, take a seat somewhere in the old town, listen to a nearby street musician, and sip your coffee. Or find one of the many beautiful picnic spots and indulge yourself. The relaxed way of life can be felt everywhere - a lifestyle that stays with you!
Simply purchase the Graz Card and enjoy free travel on public transport and free visits to many museums and sights in Graz. It is available for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Book it online here!
At a glance:
- Free travel on public transport in the tarif zone 101 during the whole period of validity including airport transfer
- Free ride with the Schlossbergbahn funicular and Schlossberg lift
- Free entry to selected museums during the whole period of validity
- 2 children under 15 travel free with each Graz Card holder
A must-do for every first-time visitor to Graz is walking up Schlossberg mountain and seeing the city's famous clocktower up close (and the city from above). If you want to avoid the 260 stairs up, simply take the lift (located inside the actual hill) or the Schlossbergbahn funicular. Treat yourself to a breakfast at aiola upstairs, located right behind the clocktower, with fantastic views over the city.
Take a stroll through the cobble-stoned alleys and splendid squares of Graz's historic city centre, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. You can also take a guided tour, offered daily in German and English.
Right in the middle of the inner-city bustle, you’ll find a place of extraordinary tranquillity: the Franciscan Monastery with its beautiful arches and quiet, green courtyards. How about just sitting here for a moment and taking a breather?
Lunch & Afternoon
Have lunch at Geniesserei, a restaurant located at one of the city's famed farmers' markets at Kaiser-Josef-Platz. All meals are freshly prepared with local, seasonal ingredients from the market itself.
Explore the farmers' market and all it has to offer: fresh local fruit and veg, cured meat, crispy dark bread, golden honey, home-made juices and enticing cakes. Check out the buzzing Lend district, where you'll find a wide variety of eco and charity design stores, trendy eateries and outdoor markets to satisfy your every shopping need.
Another option for your afternoon in Graz is a visit to the Armoury, perhaps the city's most impressive museum. Here, you'll find the world's largest collection of historic arms, weapons and suits of armour, making for a spectacular experience right in the city centre.
Dinner & Evening
Have dinner at Glöcklbräu, a traditional Austrian inn serving local beer and traditional Styrian dishes in a cosy beer garden.
Change your perspective of the city and check out the Island in the River Mur for a coffee or a glass of prosecco.
As a young and vibrant city, Graz offers a wide selection of event and nightlife options. From theatre performances to clubs, you will certainly find a perfect way of ending the day.