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Five Must-See Attractions in Graz

The city of Graz is a blend of old and new Austria. With one of the best preserved  historic town centers in Europe and four universities, it offers both a glimpse into the past, and a young, innovative cultural life. Here are five attractions that are not to be missed.
Old Town Graz
What is most striking about Graz is the beautiful architecture of its medieval and Italian Renaissance buildings. Explore the Old Town, a UNESECO World Cultural Heritage Site, with its stuccoed facades, secret courtyards and narrow alleys. Duck into galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and shops, in this lively heart of the city.
 
The Schlossberg
The Schlossberg (Castle-Mountain) is one of Graz’s most popular attractions, offering views over the medieval roofscape of Old Town. Though the massive fortifications have mostly been leveled, the old Clock Tower, which dates back to the 13th century, remains a landmark of the city. Enjoy the sunset from the terrace of one of the restaurants, sipping a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc.
 
The Armory
Come face to face with the history of Styria at the Armory. The historic armor and weapons remaining here are preserved in near original state. The armory’s purpose was to have weapons ready to defend the province from invaders. Today you can immerse yourself in the extraordinary atmosphere of the armory, just as it was centuries ago.
 
Eggenberg Palace
Take an afternoon to visit this magnificent Baroque palace at the western edge of Graz. The palace’s layout, designed by Imperial Governor Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, is based on the Gregorian calendar. Here you will find exactly 365 windows, 31 rooms on each floor, 24 state rooms with 52 doors and four corner towers, all alluding to time, the seasons, weeks, days hours and minutes. Don't forget to take a stroll around the palace garden.
 
Kunsthaus Graz - The Friendly Alien
Discover Graz’ modern side at the Kunsthaus museum. Designed by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, the Kunsthaus hovers elegantly and mysteriously over the River Mur and features exhibitions on international and contemporary art. The spectacular biomorphic shape makes it an unmistakable icon of the city.
 

Take a visual tour of Graz

  • Rooftops of Graz Austria © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Rooftops of Graz Austria © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • They city mountain Schlossberg in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer They city mountain Schlossberg in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Styria © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Styria © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer The armory in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • 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
  • City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum / Andreas Vormayr City Museum, Graz Austria © GrazMuseum / Andreas Vormayr
  • Blick auf die Murinsel © Steiermark Tourismus / Ikarus Blick auf die Murinsel © Steiermark Tourismus / Ikarus
  • Murinsel in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Nicolas Galani Murinsel in Graz © Graz Tourismus / Nicolas Galani
  • Enjoying a sunny day on a rooftop terrace in Graz' city center © Kastner & Öhler / Lupi Spuma Enjoying a sunny day on a rooftop terrace in Graz' city center © Kastner & Öhler / Lupi Spuma

5 Must-See Attractions in Graz

5 Must-See Attractions in Graz

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