The Capital of the austrian province of Styria

Graz is the capital of the Austrian province of Styria. With a population of 285 000 inhabitants it is the second biggest city of Austria and the second most important university town of Austria ( 4 universities with more than 36 000 students ). Graz was the European Cultural Capital in 2003.


The Old Town of Graz was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1999. The historic development of the Old Town can be easily retraced from the townscape. The UNESCO award commits Graz to preserve its unique building ensembles from the days of the Gothic style up to our days and to add new architectural styles harmonically.


There are not many cities that can pride themselves on having a wooded mountain in the middle of the Old Town that invites you for a walk and offers you a spectacular view of the city – it's the Castle Hill (Schlossberg). A small castle, which was built on a rock spur, gave Graz its name. Originally it was named Gradec ( Slavic for small castle) . This small castle was rebuilt and extended and became a sizeable fortress. In 1809 Napoleon ordered it to be demolished. What's left today are a minor part of the fortress, the casemate, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower which is the landmark of Graz.

The Clock Tower of Graz

You may be puzzled when you look at the clock face of the Clock Tower, the landmark of Graz. But due to the fact that originally the clocks only had the long hour hands and that the minute hands were added later, it may become a bit difficult to read the time.
The building dates back to the 13th century but was rebuilt in the 16th century.The wooden gallery served as an oberservation post. Although Napoleon could not take the fortress itself he defeated the Habsburg army and demanded the demolition of the fortress.
The burghers of Graz paid a considerable amount of money to prevent the Clock Tower and the Bell Tower from being destroyed.

Das Kunsthaus Graz

This building looks as if it was not from this world. Like a bluish bubble that can change its colour it was built on a spot where there used to be the first building on the continen twith a basic structure of cast iron. This ultramodern building has become the symbol for the co-existence of traditional and modern architecture side by side. It serves as an exhibition hall for temporary art.

Sights in the Old Town

Grazer Schlossberg (Castle Hill)
Grazer Dom: The Graz Cathedral
Grazer Uhrturm: The Clock Tower is the landmark of Graz
Neue Gallerie  (Art Gallery)
Schlossbergbahn (funicular onto Castle Hill)
Landeszeughaus (County Armoury, largest of its kind worldwide)
Schauspielhaus ( the Graz Theatre)
Oper (Graz Opera House)
Landhaus (Renaissance Government Building)  
and many more

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