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Graz, a livable city

Graz is small but sweet and has numerous titles: The capital of Styria is not just Capital of Culture but also Capital of Delight and City of Design. It also has UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Historic Center and Schloss Eggenberg. With four universities and four universities of applied sciences, Graz is an absolute mecca for students and accordingly diverse with varied and creative cultural offerings for all.

Frau in Graz mit Stadtplan

Attractions & Tourism

Graz is quite an attraction! The medieval historic center makes up the core of the UNESCO World Heritage site. From the main square, sleepy narrow alleyways between Renaissance and Baroque buildings lead to restaurants, cafés, shops and markets that invite you linger over a drink or a meal. The centuries old Clock Tower, the symbol of the city, stands watch over the splendid colors of the rooftops of Graz from its vantage point 123 meters above on the Schloßberg. From here you can see the Mur River, the futuristic Kunsthaus and several architectural highlights of the City of Design.

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Transportation

Austria's second largest city can be discovered quickly and cheaply in an environmentally friendly manner. It is best to explore the city center on foot or use the dense network of bike paths. The entire city is very well connected by public transportation. Flexible and comfortable transfers are possible with the "Öffis": six tram lines, 24 bus lines and eight night bus lines. Thanks to the "Altstadtbim" campaign in the Old Town (between the stops Jakominiplatz and Hauptplatz plus one station in all directions), you may ride the tram within this area for free.

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Mann mit Blick auf Graz

Leisure & Culture

Graz accommodates many a creative mind. This is apparent in the lively art and cultural scene and the variety of events that take place throughout the year. Whether in the Graz Stadthalle, Opera House, Schauspielhaus or Kunsthaus, there is something for everyone. In Graz you don't just do something for your mind—you can also do something for your body! Athletes can take advantage of the annual Graz Marathon or city skating. Escape fast-moving city life by taking a walk in one of the many green recreational areas: Stadtpark in the heart of Graz, the Mur Promenade, Leechwald Forest or—for those seeking the heights of the mountains near Graz—go for a hike on Schöckl Mountain.

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Gastronomy & Cuisine

Graz is Capital of Delight—and whoever comes here for food and drink knows why. The mild climate of southern Austria is a boon to Styrian cuisine, and regional products such as fruit, vegetables and grapes for making wine thrive here. Yet it probably owes its good reputation to the entire package: its many culinary offerings, outstanding cooks and the social nature and conviviality of the people of Graz. Not only traditional places with local flavor but also fancy modern bistros invite you to enjoy their specialties.

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Markets & Shopping

The city center of Graz is the perfect place to go shopping. Visit traditional department stores like Kastner & Öhler, shops in historic buildings with a history that goes back decades or even centuries as well as small specialty boutiques and seasonal markets, which are popular with local residents and guests alike. The farmers' markets sell fresh regional products and delicacies. If you are looking for antiques, take a stroll through the flea markets. For a complete selection at one location, there are also several shopping centers in the area.

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