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 ]

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 ]

The Ort Castle in Gmunden

The Ort Castle in Gmunden

Gmunden is not a big city, but it is also not a small sleepy village. It is a city with a pleasant atmosphere, a secular culture, romantic and lively, a seductive place of contrasts, with noisy or more quiet hours, which invites you to a walk, to go shopping, to enjoy all the perfect accommodation facilities in Gmunden, to engage in sport activities, simply enjoying all these and many others that are at your disposal. At a distance of 170 km to the west from Vienna, Gmunden is surrounded ... [ read more ]

Tourist guide to Gmunden

Tourist guide to Gmunden

Gmunden is a bustling city with southern charm in an idyllic location on the northern banks of the Lake of Traunsee on the River Traun, the the city pottery, lying in the district with the same name in Upper Austria. It is surrounded by an impressive Alpine landscape with mountains. It is very popular and famous health resort, where summer tourists come for health care and relaxation. There are a variety of lakes, salt waters and pine cones baths, a hydropathic institute, rooms for inhalatio... [ read more ]

The Parish Church and the Saint Peter Church of Friesach

The Parish Church and the Saint Peter Church of Friesach

The Parish Church of Friesach in its current form dates back to the late nineteenth century, when it was restored after a fire that severely affected it, but it was first mentioned in a document from 1187. The church was damaged over the centuries by numerous fires, each time being rebuilt, so over time many changes occurred to its construction. The church dedicated to "Saint Peter" is a Roman Catholic church and it is located on a hill in the town Friesach. The first document relating to... [ read more ]

Tourist attractions in Friesach

Tourist attractions in Friesach

Friesach is a small historic town in Austria, located in the district of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Northern Carinthia. First mentioned in a document from the year 860, is known as the oldest city in Carinthia. Besides the medieval buildings in the city, residents are doing their best to keep alive the atmosphere of the past. In late August each year it is being organized a medieval culture festival. Therefor, on the 30th of August everyone turns back to the everyday life of the medieval t... [ read more ]