Things to do in Graz

Graz ©ekai/flickr

Graz ©ekai/flickr

If you are planning to visit Austria, you must see Graz. The Uhrturm or the Watchtower is the home to one of the oldest bells in Austria and it is absolutely beautiful to see. Until today, it still serves a practical function. Amazingly the hands of the clock work the opposite way to conventional clock. So what you will notice is the small hand representing the minutes while the big hand represents the hours. You may say this is much easier to read since its construction in 1560 and wonder why we don’t read our clocks like how Uhrturm is. When the bell is rung, it meant to announce any impending executions, well not nowadays anymore as it just means your favourite cafe or pub is towards the closing hours.

Schlossberg in the center of Graz

Grab a view from the top, this is one of the must do in Graz, it is simply breathtaking. By using the elevator to get to the top for this amazing view, you just pay a small fee. Otherwise, try the cable car which is free if you are using a bus pass. If your health permits, take the 300 steps up to the top for that wonderful view, it is definitely worth it. Experience the outdoor concert venue, dine in the traditional restaurant or in the modern restaurant. The gardens and winding paths gives such a lovely ambience and you can have a nice stroll with your beloved and spend some romantic good time together.

The Margarethenbad

The Margarethenbad is for those of you who likes swimming. You don’t just swim in a public outdoor swimming pool as this is an exceptional pool with full of charm. It is surrounded by Mediterranean facades so it is a great way to relax your weary body be it after a long hike or some sports activities. There is a sauna, a sports pool, a shallow children’s pool, a mineral bath and Spa. Enjoy some snacks at the snack bar and this place is excellent for families with children, have fun and chill out with your friends and family.

Shopping Center West, Graz

Graz ©Michael Dawes/flickr

Graz ©Michael Dawes/flickr

Graz being the second-largest city in Austria also caters to its population and tourist with a lot of shopping opportunities. Shopping Center West is not the newest but is slightly smaller than the Shopping City Seiersberg. It is much nearer to the center and you can easily get there by taking a public tram number 5 to Puntigam, then transfer to bus number 64 and enjoy your shopping spree.

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