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Rising to 473m, Schlossberg is the site of the original fortress where Graz was founded and is marked by the city's most visible icon – the Uhrturm. Its wooded slopes can be reached by a number of bucolic and strenuous paths, but also by lift or Schlossbergbahn funicular. It's a brief walk or take tram 4 or 5 to Schlossplatz/Murinsel for the lift. A fun way of getting back down is on the Schlossberg Slide.

To avoid a walk back late at night, bear in mind that the lift operates from 8am to 12.30am daily, and the funicular from 9am to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday and until 2am from Thursday to Saturday.

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1. Volkskundemuseum

0.16 MILES

The Folk Life Museum is devoted to folk art and social history. Highlights include 2000 years of traditional clothing in an exhibition that brings…

2. Uhrturm

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This clock tower perched on the southern edge of Schlossberg is the city's emblem. Its present form dates back to the 1560s, and it is so beloved that the…

3. Murinsel

0.25 MILES

Murinsel is a constructed island-cum-bridge of metal and plastic in the middle of the Mur. This modern floating landmark contains a cafe, a kids'…

4. Grazmuseum

0.25 MILES

This small museum has a permanent collection featuring objects from city history, complemented by changing exhibitions. Check the website for what's…

5. Museum für Geschichte

0.29 MILES

The Museum of History is housed inside the baroque Palais Herberstein, which has an elegant staircase dating from 1757 and stately rooms. Exhibits in the…

6. Burg


Graz’ 15th-century Burg today houses government offices. At the far end of the courtyard, on the left under the arch, is an ingenious double staircase …

7. Mariahilfkirche

0.31 MILES

This parish church with a handsome baroque facade and Renaissance nave was a popular pilgrimage site for many centuries.

8. Kunsthaus Graz

0.37 MILES

Designed by British architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, this world-class contemporary-art space is known as the 'friendly alien' by locals. The…