Schlossberg, Murinstel and Kunsthaus of Graz

Schlossberg ©ekai/flickr

Schlossberg ©ekai/flickr

Schlossberg or Palace Mountain is one of the top things to do in Graz. Not about the square called Schlossbergplatz but to get to the Castle Hill. You can either get up there by a steep stairway where you can be rewarded by the gorgeous view at the Mur River or by a small train, or by an elevator. There you can see the landmark clock tower on the mountain built in 1560. Do also check out the Lumpenglocke (the oldest bells of the country) with its special feature on its hands. You will notice that it is reversed, so it means the hour and minutes are swapped. the bell tower Liesl is the most famous bell of the town. Hackher-Löwe is also a must see as it is a monument in memory of the defense against France in 1809, that time, the leader was major Franz Hackher. Last but not least, the Gun bastion and the Turkish well.

Mur River

The Mur River is about 438 kilometers in length and only 295 km is in Austria. This amazing river has the largest city Graz on it. Hydroelectric dams were installed to produce renewable energy. It was believed that the Mur used to carry small quantities of gold. You will notice a small little structure in the middle of the Mur River called ‘Mur-Insel’. It was designed by a New Yorker, Vito Acconci in 2003 where you can walk from either bank of the river. An amphitheater, a futuristic looking cafe and a small playground. Though it is made-made with asphalt, glass, steel and rubber materials, this piece of contemporary architecture represents Graz for being the Capital of Culture. At night, watch those interesting parties of light play.

Friendly Alien, Kunsthaus

Kunsthaus ©skamarkus/flickr

Kunsthaus ©skamarkus/flickr

Kunsthaus Graz is the Graz Art Musuem and an architectural landmark in Graz. The blob architecture is what is better remembered as the ‘Friendly Alien‘. This biomorphic architecture design is by Peter cook and Colin Fournier. For art and culture lovers all around the world, you will find it an essential visit as it is the true identity of urban city. A fusion of media technology and architecture is here for you to see. It is interesting to people watch as the they are mostly dressed in their best Tyrolean hats with feathers or tassels on a Sunday. Watch the ‘needle’ which offers a sweeping panorama over the city on the lookout.

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