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Martinhofstrasse 3 A- 8054 Graz
Graz, Styria
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What to See in Graz

Graz with a population of 287,723 as of 2006 (of which 250,099 have principal residence status), is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna and the capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark in German). It has a long tradition as a student city, with six universities with over 40,000 students. Graz's "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe, and in 1999 was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz was sole Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003.

  • The historic OLD TOWN. It has been designated a World Heritage site
  • The Schlossberg (Schloßberg), the castle perched upon a hill in the middle of the city around which Graz sprang up. The funicular (Schloßbergbahn) and elevator (Schloßberglift) will take the effort out of the walk to the top, although to use them would be to miss the wooded paths and some spectacular views.
  • Clock Tower (Uhrturm) on the top of the Schloßberg, the symbol of Graz.
  • Eggenberg Castle (Schloss Eggenberg). Early Baroque architecture, lavish state rooms. There is a small (€ 1.00) fee for entering the park surrounding the castle, which they likely will not charge you if you say you intend to take the castle tour. The castle tour is highly recommended though, as it contains dramatic wall and ceiling paintings, elaborate ceramic stoves, and inlaid wood floors. ( Tram 1 direction Eggenberg/UKH) Tel: 583264-0 (free entry to the museum with euro<26 card)
  • Kunsthaus is Graz's newest exhibition place. It's worth a visit, even if you only look at its design from the outside. It's right across the river from Hauptplatz at the Suedtirolerplatz (Tram 1,3,6,7,14 direction Hauptbahnhof). (You will definitely notice the blue bubble) (free entry with euro<26 card)
  • Murinsel - Originally a temporary project during 2003, people liked it enough so it stayed. An artificial island in the river, with a stage for performances and a coffeehouse.
  • Joanneum Museum of Styria (Steiermärkische Landesmuseum Joanneum), Raubergasse 10. Tel: 8017-9716 (free entry with euro<26 card)
  • Armoury (Zeughaus) in the Herrengasse Tel: 8017 9810 open March 19th - October 31th, 2005: Mo to Su 10:00-18:00, Th 10:00-20:00; November 1st, 2005 - März 18th, 2006 Thu to So 10:000 - 15:00; free entry with euro<26 card. Contains an amazing collection of arms and armor, from large two-handed swords and maces to the more modern pistols. Originally the local armory ready to equip the people in the event of an attack, the weapons you'll see here were made for use, not show. English tours are available; enquire early in the day to see what time one will be offered. If you are incredibly enthusiastic about weapons and ask nicely, your guide might treat you to further description of the use and care of the weapons after your tour is completed. Pictures are not allowed, but postcards with pictures of the main pieces can be bought in the gift shop. Be warned, this building gets extremely warm in the summer (especially on the upper floors). Weapons enthusiasts may wish to go early in the day, or you may find your interest waning rapidly as the puddles form around your feet.
  • See an Opera at the Opera House (Opernhaus). Prices.
  • On the Kaiser-Josef-Platz, right opposite the Opernhaus, is a fruit and vegetable open-air market where small farmers from the countryside around Graz bring their produce for sale (or rather their wives do). Morning only. The other main farmers market in Graz is located on the "Lendplatz". Morning only.
  • During the summer months, in the city centre between the Jakominiplatz and the Hauptplatz, along the Herrengasse, you may be fortunate enough to come across musicians of all sorts. Perhaps a small quartet playing Mozart. Perhaps a barrel-organ.
  • Football at the UPC-Arena, the home of Sturm Graz and Grazer AK in the district of Liebenau, south of the city centre. Ticket prices from 22 to 36.50 Euros.


Modified: 2007-02-11 14:41:52+01
Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Graz, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

 
 

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View of Graz including the KunsthausThe landmark of Graz: The clock tower

View of Graz including the Kunsthaus

View of Graz including the Kunsthaus

Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Graz, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graz

 


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