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Graz - culture and nature

The city of Graz is the second largest city of Austria and the state capital of Styria, also called the "Green March". With its many parks and forests in immediate vicinity of the city, people can enjoy a very high quality of life here. You can spend your spare time either in one of the many museums, visit the sights, or simply go on a shopping spree. Graz's world-renowned department store is in a cul-de-sac, one minute from the Hauptplatz. It dates back to 1883, where Carl Kastner missed his connection and thus explored the city. He stumbled upon an empty business locale in the centre, which he spontaneously rented. This became the headquarters of Kastner & Öhler. Graz also offers numerous cultural highlights, opera, shows, and cabarets. One may say: There is always something going on in Graz.

The city of Graz is the second largest city of Austria and the state capital of Styria, also called the "Green March". With its many parks and forests in immediate vicinity of the city, people can enjoy a very high quality of life here. You can spend your spare time either in one of the many museums, visit the sights, or simply go on a shopping spree.
Graz's world-renowned department store is in a cul-de-sac, one minute from the Hauptplatz. It dates back to 1883, where Carl Kastner missed his connection and thus explored the city. He stumbled upon an empty business locale in the centre, which he spontaneously rented. This became the headquarters of Kastner & Öhler.
Graz also offers numerous cultural highlights, opera, shows, and cabarets. One may say: There is always something going on in Graz.

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CONTENT<br />

1 WILLKOMMEN<br />

2 DIE STADT<br />

3 SEHENSWERT<br />

4 KIRCHEN<br />

5 MUSEEN<br />

6 ESSEN & TRINKEN<br />

7 SHOPPEN<br />

8 HOTELS<br />

9 LOKALER TRANSPORT<br />

10 IMPRESSUM<br />

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PREFACE<br />

MMag. Dieter Hardt-Stremayr<br />

CEO<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus und<br />

Stadtmarketing GmbH<br />

„Welcome in <strong>Graz</strong>“<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>. The second largest city of Austria represents<br />

more than 900 years of history: On your visit, you will<br />

discover many proofs of this active past, many<br />

references of the present, <strong>and</strong> quite a few visions of<br />

the future. The sunny flair of the South is just the<br />

cherry on top of the cake that is the city of <strong>Graz</strong>.<br />

People who know <strong>Graz</strong> love it for its beauty, charm,<br />

<strong>and</strong> temperament, warmth <strong>and</strong> "joie de vivre". But<br />

also for its very special culinary qualities. And<br />

because the city is such a wonderful mixture of<br />

small-town charm <strong>and</strong> urban centre. You will<br />

discover wonderful destinations for day trips in all<br />

directions, which make the city of <strong>Graz</strong> a wonderful<br />

vacation spot.<br />

Welcome to <strong>Graz</strong>.<br />

MMag. Dieter Hardt-Stremayr<br />

CEO<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus und Stadtmarketing GmbH<br />

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CULTURE AND NATURE<br />

Rudolf J. Strutz<br />

Author & Photographer<br />

The city of <strong>Graz</strong> is the second largest city of Austria<br />

<strong>and</strong> the state capital of Styria, also called the "Green<br />

March". With its many parks <strong>and</strong> forests in<br />

immediate vicinity of the city, people can enjoy a very<br />

high quality of life here. You can spend your spare<br />

time either in one of the many museums, visit the<br />

sights, or simply go on a shopping spree.<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>'s world-renowned department store is in a<br />

cul-de-sac, one minute from the Hauptplatz. It dates<br />

back to 1883, where Carl Kastner missed his<br />

connection <strong>and</strong> thus explored the city. He stumbled<br />

upon an empty business locale in the centre, which<br />

he spontaneously rented. This became the<br />

headquarters of Kastner & Öhler.<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> also offers numerous cultural highlights, opera,<br />

shows, <strong>and</strong> cabarets. One may say: There is always<br />

something going on in <strong>Graz</strong>.<br />

The many students who live in the city lead to a<br />

number of interesting bars <strong>and</strong> restaurants around<br />

the university. For people who want to dive even<br />

deeper into the nightlife of <strong>Graz</strong>, the "Bermuda<br />

Triangle" between Mehlplatz, Prokopigasse, <strong>and</strong><br />

Färberplatz is a must when visiting the city.<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> is also home to the continuously exp<strong>and</strong>ing car<br />

cluster Styria. AVL List is one of the world's leading<br />

companies for motor- <strong>and</strong> test engineering.<br />

In 2003, <strong>Graz</strong> was named Cultural Capital of Europe<br />

<strong>and</strong> commemorated this event with several<br />

distinctive buildings.<br />

This e-book will give you a first view of the city of<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>. It was created in cooperation with the Austrian<br />

Federal Railways <strong>and</strong> <strong>Graz</strong> Tourism.<br />

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ART AND CULTURE<br />

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GRAZ<br />

As Austria's second largest city, <strong>Graz</strong> is home to about 300,000<br />

people. The "<strong>Graz</strong> Basin" was the construction site of a castle in the<br />

6th century. This structure was deciding in the naming of the city<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>. "Gradec" means "little castle". <strong>Graz</strong> can look back on a<br />

tumultuous past <strong>and</strong> was residence to the Habsburg family from the<br />

year 1379 to 1619.<br />

The strongly fortified city was able to repeatedly resist Ottoman<br />

attacks. All around the Schlossberg there are several spots that still<br />

commemorate this troublesome time. The fortress on the<br />

Schlossberg hill has never been conquered until 1809. <strong>Graz</strong>'s<br />

citizens bought the clock tower <strong>and</strong> bell tower from the French. The<br />

Schlossberg hill offers a fantastic views over the roofs of the city<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>, which was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in<br />

1999.<br />

Today, <strong>Graz</strong> is a green oasis with many opportunities for rest <strong>and</strong><br />

recreation or to simply enjoy life. Many day trip destinations can be<br />

reached by means of public transport.<br />

Ever since the year 2008, <strong>Graz</strong> can also call itself "indulgence capital<br />

of Austria". For this, the city can thank one of its salad delicacies,<br />

the "Krauthäupel" (a type of cabbage). The salad is being sold at the<br />

numerous farmers' markets from mid-March to November.<br />

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WORTH SEEING<br />

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SÜDTIROLER PLATZ<br />

Südtiroler Square at the river Mur bank is home to many historic buildings. Next to it<br />

is the futuristic <strong>Graz</strong>er Kunsthaus, a museum right at the river bank. You can start<br />

your shopping spree here, or simply pick a cozy restaurant to spend the time.<br />

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KARMELITERPLATZ<br />

Karmeliter Square is home to the pestilence column, built in 1680. The path "At the<br />

foot of the Schlossberg" leads via the the Schlossberg-tunnel to the famous clock<br />

tower. Restaurants <strong>and</strong> cafes, as well as a large fountain, where hikers cool their feet,<br />

surround this square.<br />

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EDEGGER-TAX<br />

The bakery by royal appointment Edegger-Tax houses one of the most impressive<br />

facades of <strong>Graz</strong>. This former royal bakery is one of the oldest in the city. The history of<br />

this reverend company dates back to the 14th century. "Sissi-Kisses", "Styrian<br />

Panther's Paws", <strong>and</strong> "Pumpkin-Seed Vanilla Cornets" are their specialities.<br />

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BURG<br />

The Habsburg family errected the castle in 1438. Today, it is the official residence of<br />

the Styrian governor. The impressive gothic double-spiral staircase from 1499 is also<br />

called the "reconciliation staircase", because the two separated paths are brought<br />

together again.<br />

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PALAIS SAURAU<br />

From a small window right beneath the roof of Palais Saurau, you can see a mann<br />

with beard, turban <strong>and</strong> dagger. There are many stories about why he was depicted<br />

this way, but as there never was an Ottoman occupation in <strong>Graz</strong>, we are led to<br />

believe that the Count of Saurau just followed a fashion trend.<br />

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VOLKSGARTEN<br />

The Volksgarten <strong>Graz</strong> is a public park covering 4.6 hectars in the city's Lend district.<br />

When coming from Lend square towards Annenstraße, the park is on your right h<strong>and</strong><br />

side. It is divided in two by the Mühlgang canal. Many ducks <strong>and</strong> goldfish inhabitate<br />

the two ponds of the park.<br />

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STADTPARK<br />

The Stadtpark ("city park") fountain is an exhibition piece from the World Fair held in 1873<br />

in Vienna. The Stadtpark <strong>Graz</strong> has been under environmental protection since 1987. It is<br />

home to a large playground <strong>and</strong> many benches that serve as resting spot for w<strong>and</strong>erers.<br />

The park also accommodates many squirrels, which are also called "Hansis".<br />

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Die Styria und die Austria wurden von Hans<br />

Br<strong>and</strong>stetter geschaffen und bef<strong>and</strong>en sich bis 1964<br />

auf der Hauptbrücke.<br />

Nach dem Neubau der Brücke, die heute<br />

Erzherzog-Johann-Brücke heißt, wurden die Statuen<br />

1970 im Stadtpark aufgestellt.<br />

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OPERNHAUS<br />

The <strong>Graz</strong> Opera House was built according to plans by Fellner <strong>and</strong> Helmer, based on<br />

the style of Fischer von Erlach. The official opening was in 1899. The Opernring<br />

houses a 54-metre sculpture, "Lichtschwert" (lightsaber), based on the Statue of<br />

Liberty in New York, <strong>and</strong> serves as a memorial to respect Human Rights.<br />

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SCHLOSSBERG<br />

The Schlossberg hill is the perfect spot to relax at any time of the year. Visitors can<br />

see the most famous l<strong>and</strong>mark of <strong>Graz</strong>: the clock tower. The hour h<strong>and</strong> is longer<br />

than the minute h<strong>and</strong>, which was added later. The clock tower also houses three<br />

bells, amongst them the oldest bell of <strong>Graz</strong>.<br />

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The bell tower<br />

Archduke Karl II had the octagonal tower built in the year 1588. It<br />

measures 34 metres in height. "Liesl" (Elisabeth) is the third largest<br />

bell in Styria <strong>and</strong> measures 1.97 metres diagonal <strong>and</strong> weights 4.5<br />

tons.<br />

"Liesl" can be heard daily at 7am, 12pm <strong>and</strong> 7pm when she sounds<br />

her 101 chimes. This tradition dates back to a myth stating that the<br />

bell was made from 101 salvaged Ottoman cannonballs. In the<br />

cellar of the clock tower is the dungeon, which was referred to as<br />

"contrabass".<br />

Behind the bell tower, right next to the top station of the<br />

Schlossberg train, are the excavated foundation walls of the<br />

Thomas Chappell.<br />

Walking past the bell tower further uphill, you will see casemates,<br />

the large cistern, <strong>and</strong> finally the Major-Hackher-Memorial, the<br />

so-called Hackher-Lion.<br />

Downhill you will pass the stable bastion, the Chinese pavilion, <strong>and</strong><br />

the "Bishop's Chair" to reach the Turkish Fountain <strong>and</strong> finally the<br />

clock tower. The Herberstein Garden <strong>and</strong> the People's Bastion are<br />

especially unique because of their flowery glory.<br />

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Getting to the top<br />

Ever since 1894, visitors can "climb" the hill conveniently using the<br />

Schlossberg train, which leaves at Kaiser-Franz-Josef Pier. An<br />

alternative is the glass elevator from Schlossberg Square to the<br />

clock tower. The elevator stops at the Schlossberg Cathedral <strong>and</strong><br />

the casemates. Younger visitors particularly enjoy the<br />

fairy-tale-themed cave railway, which can be reached via the same<br />

entrance as the elevator.<br />

Besides these very comfortable ways of climbing the Schlossberg<br />

hill, many visitors decide to be athletic <strong>and</strong> hike to the top.<br />

Next to the elevator is the Schlossberg-tunnel, which serves as a<br />

pathway to the cathedral inside the mountain, <strong>and</strong> crosses the path<br />

"At the foot of the Schlossberg", which leads to the clock tower.<br />

Alternatively, one can also climb the 260 steps to reach the top of<br />

the hill <strong>and</strong> the clock tower.<br />

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GLOCKENSPIEL<br />

High above the Glockenspielplatz (Chimes Square), a traditionally-dressed couple<br />

dances daily at 11am, 3pm <strong>and</strong> 6pm. The melody of the mechanic chimes is always<br />

changing. The square is right at the heart of the "Bermuda Triangle", where visitors<br />

can get lost amongst the countless bars, cafes, <strong>and</strong> restaurants.<br />

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EISERNES TOR<br />

This is also the place of a sight called Maria Column, built in 1670, which used to be<br />

on Karmeliter Square. The column was erected to commemorate the victorious<br />

battle at Mogersdorf under Count Raimondo Montecuccoli. The column was moved<br />

to its current location in 1928.<br />

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CHURCHES<br />

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BARMHERZIGE BRÜDER<br />

Halfway between Südtiroler Square <strong>and</strong> Rosegger House you will<br />

find the church Maria Verkündigung. The construction of the church<br />

was interrupted by the Thirty Years' War <strong>and</strong> thus it was sanctified<br />

only in 1636.<br />

The original church had to be torn down only one hundred years<br />

after its construction <strong>and</strong> was replaced by today's building,<br />

constructed from 1735 to 1740.<br />

Since this church also served as garrison church, it has been the<br />

home of the ship bell of battleship SMS Tegethoff since 1973.<br />

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DOM<br />

Don't be fooled by the simple exterior of the <strong>Graz</strong> Cathedral. The<br />

formerly gr<strong>and</strong> painting of the building unfortunately completely<br />

disappeared with the exception of the so-called "God's Plagues<br />

Picture". This image, referencing the horror-year 1480, is located on<br />

the southern side of the cathedral. The three plagues locusts, war,<br />

<strong>and</strong> pestilence were thought of as punishment by the population.<br />

The fresco was created by Thomas von Villach as a plea for mercy<br />

<strong>and</strong> reconciliation.<br />

The inside of the cathedral impresses though the magnificent high<br />

altar <strong>and</strong> the two reliquary caskets on both sides of the entryway to<br />

the chancel.<br />

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DREIFALTIGKEITSKIRCHE<br />

The church is located on Schlossberg Square. Right behind the<br />

church is the river Mur pier. The Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity<br />

Church) initially was built as Ursuline Church <strong>and</strong> sanctified in 1704.<br />

The style of the church resembles Italian baroque <strong>and</strong> the interior is<br />

baroque as well.<br />

The sculptures of the four church fathers are particularly impressive:<br />

Ambrose, Augustine, Gregor the Great, <strong>and</strong> Jerome.<br />

The southern side altar houses a depiction of Saint Ursula, the<br />

name saint of the religious order.<br />

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FRANZISKANERKIRCHE<br />

Right in the centre of Franciscan Quarter is the Franciscan Church. Here you will find<br />

the impressive church - first documented in 1249 - surrounded by historic shops <strong>and</strong><br />

boutiques, many restaurants, cafes, <strong>and</strong> bars. The Stations of the Cross at the<br />

Franciscan monastery are definitely worth a visit.<br />

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KALVARIENBERG<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> even has its own Calvary hill, with was built during the 17th<br />

century on the Austein. It was modelled after the hill in Jerusalem<br />

where Jesus Christ was crucified. Above the entryway to the Holy<br />

Staircase, the scene from the Gospel of John is re-enacted on a<br />

stage, with Pontius Pilate parading Jesus in front of the Jewish<br />

people. The life-sized figures are divided into three sections.<br />

The staircase accessing the crucifixion group is on the right h<strong>and</strong><br />

side of the church. The Calvary hill is accessible by bus number 67.<br />

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KATHARIENKIRCHE<br />

Next to the <strong>Graz</strong> Cathedral is St. Catherine's Church <strong>and</strong> the mausoleum of Emperor<br />

Ferdin<strong>and</strong> II. In 1614, the emperor ordered Giovanni Pietro de Pomis, who lived near<br />

Milan, to build the largest mausoleum of the Habsburg empire. The construction of<br />

the mausoleum was completed in 1634.<br />

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Crown of <strong>Graz</strong><br />

The mausoleum as well as St.<br />

Catherine's church, the<br />

Cathedral, Jesuit University,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Graz</strong> Castle all belong to<br />

the so-called "Crown of <strong>Graz</strong>".<br />

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MARIATROST<br />

The pilgrimage church <strong>Graz</strong>-Mariatrost lies on the Purberg hill in the town Mariatrost.<br />

The church is accessible via tramway (line 1). To recharge, gain strength <strong>and</strong> energy,<br />

one can visit Mariatrost on a sunny day <strong>and</strong> walk the Rosegger path towards the<br />

Lech forest all the way to lake Hilmteich.<br />

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MARIAHILFERKIRCHE<br />

Giovanni Pietro de Pomis, an apprentice of Tintoretto, began the<br />

construction of the baroque church in the year 1604. De Pomis<br />

modelled the church after the venetian style without towers, which<br />

were added later under Josef Hueber. Across the courtyard are the<br />

Minorite Halls. The largest hall is one of the most beautiful baroque<br />

halls in the state capital. The complex houses a total of three halls,<br />

which provide the ideal ambiance for conferences, conventions, <strong>and</strong><br />

cultural events. The parish church is avregular venue for church<br />

concerts <strong>and</strong> orchestra masses.<br />

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STADTPFARRKIRCHE<br />

The complete name of the city parish church in <strong>Graz</strong> is canonry,<br />

main <strong>and</strong> city parish church <strong>Graz</strong> Holy Blood. In 1440, this spot was<br />

already home to a house of worship. The baroque<br />

Johannes-Nepomuk-Chappell houses the former high altar painting<br />

of "Mary Ascension". This magnum opus is ascribed to the Venetian<br />

Tintoretto. Because the gothic glass windows were destroyed<br />

during World War II, the artist Albert Birkle was instructed to create<br />

new windows for the church. Birkle memorialised the dictators Hitler<br />

<strong>and</strong> Mussolini as tormentors of Christ in his work of art. This fact<br />

made several front pages in the 1950s.<br />

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STIEGENKIRCHE<br />

Because the church is located behind houses in the Sporgasse alleyway, it is<br />

accessed through its characteristic stairway. The stair church was first documented<br />

in 1343 <strong>and</strong> is one of the oldest buildings in the city.<br />

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ZENTRALFRIEDHOF<br />

The central cemetery of <strong>Graz</strong> is the location for the Serbian-Orthodox church of Saint<br />

Kyrill <strong>and</strong> Method. The church, built in 1886, initially was a roman-catholic church. In<br />

1996, it was put under the control of the parish of St. John <strong>and</strong> offered to the<br />

Serbian-Orthodox Diocese for Central Europe.<br />

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MUSEUMS<br />

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SCHLOSS EGGENBERG<br />

The largest baroque castle in Styria houses extensive collections from the universal<br />

museum Joanneum, which make Castle Eggenberg one of the most valuable cultural<br />

treasures of Austria. Since 2010, the castle has been on the UNESCO list of world<br />

heritage sites. When visiting <strong>Graz</strong>, seeing Eggenberg Castle is a must.<br />

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JOANNEUMSVIERTEL<br />

The museum Joanneum, founded in the year 1811, is one of the oldest <strong>and</strong> most<br />

modern institutions in Europe. The Joanneum quarter is also home to Austria's<br />

largest <strong>and</strong> oldest state library. The New Gallery <strong>Graz</strong>, multimedia collections, <strong>and</strong><br />

the Museum of Natural History are also located in the Joanneum quarter.<br />

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KUNSTHAUS<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> was Europe's cultural capital in 2003, which was the occasion to create the<br />

new Kunsthaus <strong>Graz</strong>. In front of the building is the venerable "Iron House", which<br />

dates back to 1848. At night, the facade of the building shows current news<br />

headlines on a 15 by 60 meter BIX media facade.<br />

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TRAMWAYMUSEUM<br />

The depot of the former Mariatrost railway, right at the final destination Mariatrost,<br />

houses the Tramway Museum <strong>Graz</strong>. The club has been showing old-timers from<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>, Vienna, Munich, <strong>and</strong> New York since 1971. Many of the old-timers can be<br />

rented for private tours. Visit tramway-museum-graz.at if interested.<br />

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ZEUGHAUS<br />

If you are interested in weaponry, you can admire 32,000 items on five levels at the<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> Armoury. It is the only armoury world-wide that is still in its original condition.<br />

The weapons date back from the late 15th until the early 19th century. On the first<br />

level, the cannon hall serves as the information desk of <strong>Graz</strong> Tourism.<br />

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DINE & WINE<br />

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AIOLA UPSTAIRS<br />

upstairs.aiola.at/restaurant<br />

Right next to the elevator, near the clock tower, the restaurant "aiola upstairs" provides<br />

a wonderful view of <strong>Graz</strong>, as well as some culinary highlights. The establishment fits<br />

120 people on the terrace <strong>and</strong> 60 people indoors. The glass windows can be sunk into<br />

the floor, which makes the indoor <strong>and</strong> outdoor areas seamlessly melt together.<br />

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GÖSSER BRÄU<br />

goesserbraeugraz.at<br />

The restaurant not only serves its guests the traditional "Gösser" beer, but is also well<br />

known for its home-style cooking <strong>and</strong> its fantastic international cuisine. "Gösser<br />

Bräu" is a beer tavern that serves eight varieties of beer to accompany their hearty<br />

meals. The 650 seats make the restaurant a great location for large groups.<br />

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LANDHAUSKELLER<br />

www.l<strong>and</strong>haus-keller.at<br />

In autumn of 2015, the restaurant "L<strong>and</strong>hauskeller" was newly renovated <strong>and</strong> is now<br />

more inviting than ever. The locale has always been a meeting point for visitors who<br />

enjoy hospitality, excellent meals, <strong>and</strong> good drinks. The new <strong>and</strong> fresh look of the<br />

"L<strong>and</strong>hauskeller" is another worthy reason for a visit.<br />

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SCHLOSSBERGRESTAURANT<br />

schlossberggraz.at/restaurant/<br />

Conviviality <strong>and</strong> culinary specialities from this region can also be enjoyed in the<br />

highest restaurant in the city of <strong>Graz</strong>. The courtyard, open from May till September,<br />

offers an amazing view over the entire city. Here you will always find a cosy spot<br />

underneath the many mature trees.<br />

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SKYBAR<br />

schlossberggraz.at/bar/<br />

High above the Schlossberg Restaurant is the Skybar. This breath-taking locale also<br />

includes a generous terrace. Great drinks <strong>and</strong> snacks complete the visit. If you want<br />

to tie the knot: The Skybar can be used for weddings. A Registrar General is<br />

marrying couples at 464 meters above sea-level.<br />

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SPEISESAAL<br />

speisesaal.at/<br />

An unforgettable culinary meeting point is "Der Speisesaal" ("The Dining Hall"), which<br />

received a rating of 12.5 points in the 2016 Gault-Millau. In the evening, guests can<br />

enjoy the legendary charcoal-grilled steak. The desserts don't have to hide either: the<br />

bakery Wiesler delivers delicious sweet dreams.<br />

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STAINZERBAUER<br />

www.stainzerbauer.at/<br />

Another cosy restaurant is "Stainzerbauer", which offers a unique, down-to-earth<br />

cuisine <strong>and</strong> ambiance well worth remembering. The restaurant received one toque<br />

<strong>and</strong> 13 points in the 2016 Gault-Millau. The gallery of photos displayed in the corner<br />

of the parlour shows the popularity of this culinary institution.<br />

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DER STEIRER<br />

der-steirer.at/<br />

The restaurant "Steirer" ("Styrian") offers visitors the opportunity to take a culinary<br />

tour of Styria. The original restaurant, which is located inside Hotel Weitzer, also<br />

offers a gift shop worth visiting. Here, guests can buy wines, but also many unique<br />

souvenirs from mother <strong>nature</strong>.<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

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KAISER JOSEF PLATZ<br />

The market-women on Kaiser Josef Square display their reign six days a week from<br />

Monday to Saturday. Here you will find fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, <strong>and</strong> ham. All<br />

goods are produced on their farms <strong>and</strong> the market is a popular spot for the people<br />

of <strong>Graz</strong>, especially on Saturdays.<br />

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KASTNER & ÖHLER<br />

"Kastner & Öhler" is the department store in <strong>Graz</strong>. On 8 levels guests can give their<br />

wallets a workout <strong>and</strong> purchase mainly women's, men's, <strong>and</strong> children's fashion. It is<br />

tradition to visit the department store <strong>and</strong> then have a coffee on the terrace or to<br />

simply enjoy the view of the city of <strong>Graz</strong> from the rooftop.<br />

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LENDPLATZ<br />

On the right bank of the Mur river, the market on Lend Square is open daily except<br />

Sunday. <strong>Graz</strong> is home to 800 city farmers <strong>and</strong> thus has the largest number of market<br />

days in Europe. Lend Square is a market exclusively for farmers who sell their own<br />

goods. Visitors can find spots to rest <strong>and</strong> recharge all around the square.<br />

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HAUPTPLATZ<br />

The "Hauptplatz" (Main Square) in <strong>Graz</strong> is the social centre of the city. Here you can<br />

enjoy a sausage on one of the many food st<strong>and</strong>s (we recommend a "Krainer") or<br />

discover the unique shops all around the square <strong>and</strong> in the small alleyways leading<br />

away from the Hauptplatz.<br />

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HERRENGASSE<br />

Herrengasse is the alley connecting Jakomini Square with the Hauptplatz via the<br />

"Iron Gate". The baroque boulevard is used mainly as a pedestrian zone with the<br />

exception of tramway traffic. Here are the L<strong>and</strong>haus, the "painted house"<br />

Herzogshof, many stores, cafes, <strong>and</strong> restaurants.<br />

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HOTELS<br />

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DANIEL<br />

hoteldaniel.com/graz/<br />

The Hotel Daniel lies right at the main train station of <strong>Graz</strong>. Tramways are within<br />

walking distance from the hotel <strong>and</strong> the city centre can be reached in less than 15<br />

minutes. The hotel also offers scooter, e-bike or Ape Calessino (a tricycle with<br />

particular charm) rentals.<br />

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ERZHERZOG JOHANN<br />

erzherzog-johann.com/<br />

Right next to the main square is the Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann, which can<br />

look back on a long history. The glass roof covers the courtyard <strong>and</strong> the Cafe<br />

Erzherzog Johann. Across the reception area, the Ernst Fuchs Bar invites guests<br />

to enjoy a drink.<br />

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SCHLOSSBERGHOTEL<br />

schlossberg-hotel.at/<br />

The Schlossberghotel is the "art hotel" of the city of <strong>Graz</strong>. Your stay there is enriched<br />

by the many contemporary original exhibits. Behind its walls, the hotel also has a<br />

garden right at the Schlossberg hill. The garden extends on several levels <strong>and</strong> offers<br />

a gr<strong>and</strong> view over the city of <strong>Graz</strong>.<br />

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WEITZER<br />

hotelweitzer.com/<br />

Hotel Weitzer is right on the Mur river bank <strong>and</strong> is only a 5-minute-walk from the<br />

main square. The hotel is also home to the restaurant "Der Steirer" <strong>and</strong> the<br />

well-known "Kaffee Weitzer" cafe. If you want to explore the city, make use of the<br />

hotel's bicycle <strong>and</strong> Mercedes Cabriole rental offers.<br />

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WIESLER<br />

hotelwiesler.com<br />

The hotel "Wiesler" is just one minute away from the "Kunsthaus" <strong>Graz</strong> <strong>and</strong> only a<br />

short distance from the city centre. The hotel houses a restaurant called "Speisesaal"<br />

<strong>and</strong> even a barbershop on the second floor, where "real men" can enjoy a<br />

professional shave.<br />

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ZUM DOM<br />

domhotel.co.at/<br />

The "Hotel zum Dom" is in the Palais Inzaghi on Bürgergasse alley. This boutique<br />

hotel is near the cathedral <strong>and</strong> is surrounded by many romantic alleys <strong>and</strong> squares,<br />

which will provide for many happy memories on your visit.<br />

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT<br />

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GRAZ MAIN STATION<br />

<strong>Graz</strong>'s main train station serves over 40,000 passengers daily <strong>and</strong> thus is a highly<br />

frequented place. The tramway stop is subterranean <strong>and</strong> quickly <strong>and</strong> safely connects<br />

you to the city centre of <strong>Graz</strong>. The project "<strong>Graz</strong> Main Train Station 2020" paths the<br />

way for implementing the Koralpen train.<br />

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BUSSES<br />

In front of the main station, the bus terminal of Holding <strong>Graz</strong> Linien connects <strong>Graz</strong> via<br />

several regional bus routes, OEBB Intercity busses, as well as the southern<br />

motorway to the neighbouring state capital of Klagenfurt.<br />

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TRAMWAY<br />

AltstadtBIM - freie Fahrt - Information nachlesen.<br />

Bus lines 1, 3, 6, <strong>and</strong> 7 stop at the main station. The "AltstadtBIM" tramway serves<br />

the downtown area for free. You can purchase tickets for the entire public<br />

transportation network inside the tramways <strong>and</strong> busses. However, my tip is to buy<br />

them ahead of time at a ticket agency (like a tobacconist).<br />

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SCHLOSSBERGBAHN<br />

The Schlossbergbahn train has been taking visitors to the top of <strong>Graz</strong>'s Schlossberg<br />

since 1894. Documents from the year 1528 already mention a train on the<br />

Schlossberg, which was used to bring material to the top of the hill. The modern<br />

waggons are the train's third generation. A trip to the top takes about 90 seconds.<br />

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SCHLOSSBERGLIFT<br />

There is no faster <strong>and</strong> more comfortable way to climb the top of the Schlossberg<br />

than the elevator. The glass-elevator takes about 30 seconds to reach the clock<br />

tower. The entryway also serves as entrance to a fairy-tale-themed cave train, which<br />

is particularly popular with families <strong>and</strong> takes about 35 minutes for a ride.<br />

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JAKOMINIPLATZ<br />

The “Jakominiplatz” (Jakomini Square) is the central traffic hub of the city of <strong>Graz</strong>. All<br />

tramway <strong>and</strong> many bus routes meet here. If you are taking public transportation to<br />

the city centre of <strong>Graz</strong>, Jakomini Square is the ideal starting point for a walkabout<br />

through the city.<br />

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IMPRINT<br />

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FINALLY<br />

THE TEAM<br />

AuVi Bücher sind die Arbeit von zwei Personen, Rudolf Strutz, der<br />

die deutschen und englischen Texte verfasst und Vlad Emil Anitei,<br />

der das Erfassen der lokalen Daten abwickelt.<br />

SOURCES<br />

All photographs <strong>and</strong> texts by Rudolf J. Strutz, maps <strong>and</strong> areal plans:<br />

ÖBB, Wiener Linien, VOR, Wien Tourism, Netzplanwien <strong>and</strong> <strong>Graz</strong><br />

Holding. Foto of MMag. D. Hardt-Stremayr <strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus -<br />

Hannes Loske. All videos were provided by <strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus.<br />

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INFORMATION<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus & Stadtmarketing GmbH<br />

Messeplatz 1<br />

8010 <strong>Graz</strong><br />

Tel.: +43 316 8075-0<br />

Fax: +43 316 8075-55<br />

E-Mail: info@graztourismus.at<br />

www.graztourismus.at<br />

<strong>Graz</strong> Tourismus Information<br />

Herrengasse 16<br />

8010 <strong>Graz</strong><br />

Tel.: +43 316 8075-0<br />

E-Mail: info@graztourismus.at<br />

www.graztourismus.at<br />

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