Graz in Austria is a classic example of a European city. There is the Old Town, the central square and the town hall, on the narrow streets here and there there are churches and houses in the style of Gothic and Baroque. Connoisseurs of classical European culture and architecture will like it here. Plus, there are 6 universities in Graz, so that young people and students make up a large part of the city’s population. And this knows that life in the city is very active, various musical and cultural events are constantly taking place, and nightlife is bright and diverse. Come and see for yourself! But first, read our Graz travel guide.
How to get to Graz?
You can get to Graz in several ways: by plane, train or bus. The last two options are slightly cheaper, but take longer and are possible only for European tourists. The central train station daily servis trains from Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Zagreb and Budapest.
The city has its own airport – Graz-Thalerhof Airport. It is located 9 km from the city center and serves domestic and international flights from Turkey, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. You can get from the airport to the city by taxi, bus (No. 630, 631) or by train (No. S5).
Things to do in Graz
The historic city center is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Therefore, the first thing you can do in Graz is to go on a walking tour to the Old Town. The heart of the Old Town is the central square of Hauptplatz. Here are the city hall, historic houses and churches.
Above the city rises Mount Schlossberg (Castle Hill), another most popular attraction of the city. At the top is an old clock tower, ruins of a fortress and a huge park. You can get here by cable car, which has been operating since 1894.
Among other no less interesting places in the city can be noted:
- Arsenal (the largest collection of historical weapons in the world);
- Historic house Landhouse;
- Graz Cathedral;
- Basilica of Mariatrost;
- Eggenberg Palace;
- Kunsthaus Museum of Modern Art;
- Artificial island of Murinsel;
- Opera, and many others.
If you want to see as much as possible, but you don’t have much time, you can go on a bus city tour. Tickets can be bought at a travel agency, hotel reception, or directly from distributors on the street.
Hotes in Graz
Hotels in Graz offer a very wide selection of accommodation in a large price range. The most luxurious and expensive hotels are located near / in the historical center of the city. By the way, staying in the center is a very good idea, so you do not have to spend extra time and money on travel. For those who prefer to stay in the city center, but at more affordable prices, Graz can offer various options for hotel, apartments and even hostels. However, keep in mind that tourists buy these profitable options first and foremost. So if you want to comfortably, but budgetally stay in the center, book the hotel in advance before arrival.