Must see attractions with history in Graz

Must see attractions with history in Graz

The university city of Graz, the second largest settlement after Vienna is the capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark) and sits on the River Mur in southeastern Austria. Graz is the seat of the provincial government, a major industrial city with a Technical College and a University, various institutions, an Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In the 19th century Graz became an important cultural center. In 1938 the city reached the current size of the expansion, incorporating s... [ read more ]

Must see architectural attractions in the Old Town of Graz

Must see architectural attractions in the Old Town of Graz

The triangular square in the heart of the Old Town called the Hauptplatz is an excellent starting point to explore Graz because of some must see architectural attractions. The Herrengasse Street is a main street of the the Old Town and is bordered by shops and historic monuments. The Altstadtpassage or the Passage of the Old Town starts at the Herrengasse Street no.7 and is passing through a courtyard with arches ending at the Mehlplatz. In the Mehlplatz of Flour Square are countless beau... [ read more ]

The Mausoleum of Ferdinand II in Graz

The Mausoleum of Ferdinand II in Graz

In the south part of the Cathedral of Graz lies the sumptuous baroque Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II died in 1637, partly designed by J.B.Fischer von Erlach. It consists of the Chapel of St. Catherine of Alexandria and a tomb in the south. In the center of the tomb stands a marble sarcophagus where is buried Maria of Bavaria, the mother of the king. The tomb of Ferdinand II is located at the left of the altar under two slabs of marble, at his right being his first wife. Emperor Ferdina... [ read more ]

The most interesting museums in Graz

The most interesting museums in Graz

In Graz are over 20 museums including the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the Roman Catholic Church, the Museum of Archeology, the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Criminology, a museum for children and many more. Every one of them is interesting, but in our opinion, the most interesting museums in Graz that can reach many age groups includes the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum and the Open Air Museum. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum occupies a part of the fitness center where the ch... [ read more ]

The Armory in Graz

The Armory in Graz

The building with the massive portal that reminds us of the German Baroque style was built in 1642 and that time was the largest armory in the world. Both the building and its content was preserved untouched. The four floors contain over 32. 000 exhibits including halberds and firearms: pistols and muskets, armors and breastplates used in battle or tournaments. The armors for horses, the full set of armor for parade crafted at Innsburck in the sixteenth century, the richly ornamented jous... [ read more ]

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

The Eggenberg Castle in Graz

Prince Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg, appointed by the emperor governor of Middle Austria, eager to build a sumptuous residence, hired architect Pietro Berries, who already show its mastery with the Mausoleum of Ferdinand II. The construction of the entire building is an allegory of the universe. The images and symbols of the cosmos are everywhere. The four elements of nature are presented as well: the castle is built on Eart, the Air is around it, the Water is represented by the water moat... [ read more ]

Top 3 churches in Graz

Top 3 churches in Graz

Graz has many beautiful sites and today we present you the top 3 churches of the city including the Cathedral of Graz, the Franciscan Church and the Parish Church of the Holy Blood of Jesus. The Cathedral of Graz was the church of the castle, built between 1439 - 1464 for Emperor Friedrich III. The western portal carries the crest of the king and his famous motto AEIOU. The Franciscan Church once belonged to the Minorite order, but in 1515 was entrusted to the Franciscans. The Parish Chur... [ read more ]

Hotels in Graz

Hotels in Graz

Hotels and guesthouses have between one and five stars, showing especially the facilities offered by the hotel and not necessarily the standard of services. In general, pensions have fewer features but are often more intimate. Tourists particularly interested to visit many places and do not stay long in one place may prefer private rented rooms or guest houses that are cheaper. Sports enthusiasts can choose hotels that offer adequate facilities or if you want to relax, you might be intere... [ read more ]

Tourist guide to Graz

Tourist guide to Graz

Graz is a city full of history, an economic and cultural center of reference for the Austrian society, the second largest city in the country, but it is often overlooked by tourists. Our brief tourist guide Graz wants to invite you to visit this beautiful city. Becoming a city in the late twelfth century, transformed to an imperial capital when Ferdinand of Habsburg was crowned as emperor of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire. After the division of the country by the Habsburgs, the city becam... [ read more ]

3 attractions in Gmunden

3 attractions in Gmunden

The Lake of Traun, with its depht of 191 m, is the deepest lake in Austria and the second largest in the region of Upper Austria, after Lake Attersee. With a length of 12 km and a width of 3 km, it occupies a total area of 24 km ² and is located at 422 m above sea level. The beach of Gmunden in on the Lake of Traun (Traunsee). The Esplanada is a promenade that stretches on the shore of the Traunsee, between the Tuscany Park and the City Hall of Gmunden, along the road artery of the Schar... [ read more ]