Tourist guide to Graz

The Old Town of Graz

The Old Town of Graz ©angelocesare/Flick

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 became the capital of the interior Austria. The glory of the city faded when Ferdinand II moved the Imperial Court to Vienna.

 

However, in the nineteenth century, Archduke Johann of Austria moved his residence in Graz, where he assiduously supported the modernization of the city. Graz is today the capital of Styria and the second largest city in Austria.

The Altstadt

The most precious legacy of the Habsburgs in Graz is the beautiful Altstadt. It is one of the best preserved old towns in Central Europe, part of the UNESCO World Patrimony. Graz was also a stronghold in the way of the Ottoman attacks. Graz lies on both banks of the river Mur. The Altstadt reunites the majority of the tourist attractions. If you intend to arrive in this area, you can take the tram from the train station and bus station. It looks like that the island on the Mur is the latest tourist attraction of the city.

The Old Town of Graz

The Old Town of Graz ©angelocesare/Flick

Cultural events in Graz

Graz is famous for its universities, architecture and culture. In 2003 Graz was the cultural capital of Europe. As is known, the city hosts two classical music festivals each year, one is in the summer at the College of Music and Styriarte. Here takes place the avantgarde Styrian Autumn Festival as well.

Graz at night

Graz at night ©rom@nski photo/Flick

The Central Square

The Central Market of Graz is full of life and considered to be the heart of the city. In the center of the square, the Archduke John Fountain was built in 1878. The four female figures that adorn the statue are allegories of the rivers flowing through Styria during the monarchy. After reviewing the borders in 1918, only two of the four remained in the land (Mur and Enns).

In the corner where the Sporgasse starts you can see the Luegg Haus with a complex architecture and enriched with arches. It was built in the eighteenth century. In the south of the square is the building of the City Hall, made in 1893 and in front of this you can see the stands of the food market. From the Central Square a large and important street, called Herrengasse, goes to the south-east.

The City Hall of Graz

The City Hall of Graz ©Cost3l/Flick

 

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