Graz – charmante Hauptstadt der Steiermark
Graz – charmante Hauptstadt der Steiermark


Charming Capital of Styria

Published: 07 September 2023, 10:00

Austria's second largest city offers an ideal mix of tradition and modernity, hipness and coziness, enjoyment and culture.

The historic old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites you to take a stroll through its narrow streets and marvel at its richly decorated facades and pretty buildings. In the heart of the old town, you’ll find Hauptplatz, which welcomes visitors with its lively hustle and bustle and cozy cafés set in picturesque surroundings. As a university city, Graz offers a lively atmosphere as well as colourful creativity and a rich nightlife. You can also experience a diverse culinary scene here, ranging from traditional Austrian cuisine to rich, international flavours.

The charming capital of Styria is also an important centre for art and culture. This is particularly apparent in Kunsthaus Graz, a futuristic building with a daring bubble structure that houses numerous important contemporary works.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 298.000
  • Official language: German
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Ten Highlights of Graz

The Alpine and Wine Region of Styria

The area around Graz is characterised by an impressive natural backdrop. From the majestic Alps to the rolling hills of vineyards and sparkling lakes, there are endless opportunities for hiking, biking and outdoor activities. Styria is also known for its castles, palaces and monasteries, which provide an insight into the rich history of the country.

The Most Beautiful Destinations from Graz

Graz from BER

Five travel tips for …

  • Admire the Kunsthaus from the inside as well as from the outside 
  • View collections of art, history and natural history at Universalmuseum Joanneum
  • Stroll through contemporary sculptures and art in the Austrian Sculpture Park
  • Discover one of the largest weapons collections in the world in the Styrian Armory
  • Let the Museum of Perception affect all your senses

  • Visit one of the numerous farmers markets with local products and specialties
  • Discover the diversity of Graz cuisine on a culinary city tour
  • Taste Styrian wine, grown in the Graz area
  • Enjoy the traditional local café culture
  • Eat rustically in the historic Schlossbergkeller inn

  • Sit in the café in a picturesque setting on Hauptplatz
  • Enjoy the beautiful view of the city from Schlossbergplatz
  • Take in the impressive architecture on Mehlplatz
  • Watch the urban hustle and bustle on Jakominiplatz
  • Stop into one of the numerous bars on Karmeliterplatz

Picture source title: Funicular © Ewald Fröch/

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