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Graz connects Austria’s rich history with an exciting future
Welcome to Graz, Austria’s second-biggest city. Located in the sunny south of the country, this city is an undiscovered gem filled with both historic treasures and modern details waiting to be explored.
The historic city center ranks amongst the best preserved in Central Europe and has been classified as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1999.
Graz is Austria’s foodie capital. The city offers varying culinary experiences throughout the year, with many trendy farm-to-table restaurants offering the freshest produce.
The Clock Tower is the city’s iconic historic landmark. It’s located atop the Schlossberg, a hilltop park that also houses castle ruins. The reward for making it to the top of the hill is the best view in the city— well worth the effort.
The Schlossberg is popular for its many relaxing green spaces. It is also the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic of local delicacies. Visitors can even buy baskets pre-packed with treats.
Nestled on the banks of the Mur River is Graz’s contemporary landmark – The Kunsthaus Museum. Its striking architecture has earned it the nickname “The Friendly Alien”.
The Murinsel is an artificial island on the river Mur. It serves as a link between the past and the future by connecting the historic city center on the east bank with the thriving design-oriented districts of Lend and Gries on the west.
The Armoury Museum, located in the historic city center, is the world’s largest collection of historic arms and suits of armor. Explore more than 30,000 exhibits, including an entire suit of armor made for a horse.
With roughly 12 farmer’s market spread across the city, it’s easy for visitors to keep up with what fresh, local produce is in season. The biggest markets can be found behind the Opera House and close to the Murinsel.
Whatever time of year you visit, Graz’s signature dish will likely be on the menu somewhere. Backhendl is fried chicken served with a crisp green salad marinated with a special ingredient: pumpkinseed oil.
The city is best explored by foot. The city center is a compact pedestrian zone, so it’s easy to find your way around. Don’t worry about getting lost exploring Graz’s beauty.
After all the sightseeing and walking, wind down with a wonderful meal, a refreshing glass of wine, good company and great views. Graz is waiting for you!
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