Graz Tourist Attractions

Graz, Austria's second largest town, is the economic and commercial focus of the whole region. It lies on the River Mur. Its tourist attractions include many historic old buildings; these and the old town with numerous Baroque facades are of great interest. Above the town is a prominent hill, the Schlossberg.

Inner City

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Castle and Cathedral District

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Schlossberg

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Schlossberg Hill in Graz is the site of many interesting attractions. Amongst these is the landmark Clock Tower, an open-air theater, the Garnison museum and a miniature railroad known as the Fairytale Grotto Line.

Schloss Eggenberg

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On a hill about 3km/2mi west of Graz stands Schloss Eggenberg (1625-35), a Baroque domain with four towers, fine state apartments containing murals, and rich Roccoco fittings. The walls and ceiling of the banqueting hall, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, are painted with the signs of the zodiac and the planetary system.
The reception room is known as the Room of the Planets. It includes a suite of 24 rooms decorated by Styrian artist Hans Adam Wissenkirchen.
Address: Eggenberger Allee 90, A-8011 Graz, Austria

Eggenberg Castle Hunting Museum

There is a Hunting Museum on the first floor of the Schloss Eggenberg, and in the grounds a deer-park and lapidarium housing the collection of Roman remains from the Landesmuseum Joanneum.
Address: Eggenberger Allee 90, A-8020 Graz, Austria

Eggenberg Castle Collection of Styrian Antiques - Strettweg Votine Chariot

This is the centerpiece of the Styrian Antiques Collection, housed in Eggenberg Castle.
The bronze chariot is at least 2,700-years-old, dating back to the eighth century B.C. It was found in a tumulus at Strettweg, near Judenburg.
A female figure stands in the middle of the chariot holding an offering in a bowl. The chariot is surrounded by soldiers on horseback and on foot.

Municipal Park

The Graz Stadtpark, at the eastern end of the Opernring (with its modern opera house), was laid out in 1869 on the site of the old fortifications. In the park stands the Emperor Francis Joseph Fountain surrounded by numerous figures and monuments, including a marble statue (by Kundmann, 1887) of the writer Anastasius Grün (1806-76), a bust (by Pirker, 1965) of the astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a marble statue (by Hellmer, 1900) of Mayor Moritz von Franck (1814-95), a marble statue (by Kundmann, 1904) of the writer Robert Hamerling (1830-98) and a marble bust (by Gasser, 1859) of the great German dramatist Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805). At the end of the 1950s a body of artists of all kinds was formed which used to meet in a cafe in the park; as a result the club became known as the Forum Stadtpark. The works of the writers concerned attracted much attention.

Styrian Autumn Festival

Every year since 1968, in the months of October and November, the Styrian Autumn ("Steirische Herbst") has been held in the Graz Municipal Park (Stadtpark). Peformances based on themes from literature, art and music, especially of the avant-garde variety, are held with the idea of promoting links between artists and the public at large, as well as fellowship between nations.
This annual two-month festival runs from early October to late November in celebration of the autumn harvest. The festival is renowned for showcasing contemporary theater, music and visual arts.
Concerts by symphonies and chamber orchestras, as well as theatrical performances, art exhibitions and lectures are only some of the 200 events held in venues including the City Park and the Mobile Hall.
Address: Sackstrasse 17, A-8010 Graz, Austria

Leechkirche

East of the Graz Municipal Park (Stadtpark), beyond Glacisstrasse, stands the twin-towered Leechkirche, the oldest church in Graz (founded 1202). It was later remodeled in Gothic style as a church of the Teutonic Order. Worthy of note is the portal with a Gothic statue of the Madonna in the pediment. The single-naved interior has a ribbed vault roof, and the choir windows contain the earliest stained glass in Graz (14th C), depicting the Passion.

Universities

To the northeast of the Graz Municipal Park lie the buildings of the Karl Frenzens University, and southeast of the park is the Old Technical University.

University Botanical Gardens (Alpine Garden)

There is an alpine garden at the University Botanical Gardens in Graz. Here, visitors can see a diverse variety of flowers and therapeautic plants. The gardens were built in the early twentieth century.
Address: , Botanischer Garten der Universität Innsbruck, Sternwartestr. 15, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Sights on the far bank of the River Mur

Convent of the Brothers of Mercy

In Graz, several bridges lead over the river to the districts on its right bank. There stands the Convent of the Brothers of Mercy (Kloster der Barmherzigen Brüder), with a church built in 1769.

Minorite Friary

From the Convent of the Brothers of Mercy on Graz's right bank it is only a short distance to the former Minorite Friary (Minoritenkloster; now housing the diocesan museum), with the Mariahilfkirche (1607-11) containing an image of the Virgin, the "Madonna of Graz", painted by the architect, Giovanni Pietro de Pomis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum

There is an Arnold Schwarzenegger museum in Graz.
Address: Stadionplatz 1, A-8010 Graz, Austria

Surroundings

Austrian Open-Air Museum at Stübing

At Stübing, on the right bank of the Mur by way of the northwestern suburb of Gösting (18th C. Schloss), will be found the very interesting Austrian Open-Air Museum (Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum), with old peasant houses, barns and mills from the various Austrian provinces. It can be reached from Graz by bus. 10km/6mi further north, at Peggau, is the Lurgrotte, a stalactitic cave through which flows a small stream.

Schöckl

18km/11mi northeast of Graz lies the health resort of St Radegund (714m/2,343ft; medicinal springs). From here there is a cableway to the summit of the Schöckl (1,446m/4,744ft), from where there are extensive views over Graz and the surrounding terrain. Johannes Kepler, who lived in Graz from 1594-1600 and taught mathematics there, studied nature from the Schöckl.

Piber Stud Farm

35km/22mi west of Graz lies the little mining and industrial town of Voitsberg (394m/1,293ft; pop. 10,000) with its ruined castle above and the charming Kainachtal to the northwest. 6km/4mi further west is Köflach (449m/1,473ft; pop. 13,000), and a good 3km/2mi northeast of Köflach the Piber Stud Farm, where the famous Lipizzaner horses are bred for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna (conducted tours daily in summer). The horses originally came from Spain and were later bred in Lipica in Slovenia; hence their name. The Schloss (1696-1728) has a beautifully arcaded courtyard, and the adjoining Romanesque church is first mentioned in the records in 1066.

Deutschlandsberg, Austria

The little town of Deutschlandsberg (372m/1,221ft; pop. 7,600) is dominated by a castle (Burg Landsberg; 517m/1696ft), which houses a museum of folk and early history (including Roman finds). Deutschlandsberg lies on what is known as the Schilcherstrasse, a road 50km/30mi long passing through vine-growing country, from Ligist in the north via Stainz (on a nearby hill stands a former Augustinian monastery) to Eibiswald near the Yugoslavian frontier.

Koralpe

Deutschlandsberg is a good base for the fine walking and skiing (modern lifts) area of the Koralpe (Grosser Speik- Kogel, 2,141m/7,025ft) to the west of the town.

Schloss Hollenegg

5km/3mi south of Deutschlandsberg stands Schloss Hollenegg, with 16th C. fortified towers on its northwestern and southeastern corners. The much older northeast tower formed part of the 14th C. town wall. The Schloss boasts sumptuous state apartments with frescos, Roccoco stuccoed ceilings and a Late Baroque winged altar removed from the castle chapel at Riegersburg. East of Schloss Hollenegg lies the village of Kitzeck.

Peggau - Lurgrotte Caves

Outstanding among the natural features of Styria are the Lurgrotten at Peggau and Semriach - beautiful stalactite caves equipped with electric lighting and paths for the convenience of visitors, and with a passage driven through the rock to link up two cave systems. In the Peggauer Wand and the rock faces of the Röthelstein are other caves in which traces of prehistoric occupation have been found. Smaller stalactite caves are the Grasslhöhle and Katerloch near Weiz and the Rettenwandhöhle near Kapfenberg. Also of interest is the Frauenmauerhöhle between Eisenerz and Tragöss, but this should be visited only with a knowledgeable guide. There are other caves, some not yet fully explored, in the limestone mountains, particularly in the Hochschwab area.
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