Graz is the capital of Styria (Steiermark) and the second largest city of Austria with a population of just below 300,000 - about 40,000 of which are students of its six universities. It has been a vital urban centre for both Styria, Austria and Slovenia, and has produced a number of talents in many fields, ranging from the inventor Nikola Tesla to the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Mandellstr. 11. very famous, old (it opened back in 1885) cafe. Popular with people who have a late-nite drink after being in the opera. There is a piano in the cafe offering anyone the opportunity to play if he/she wants to. Famous for its excellent scrambled eggs. Open until the early morning hours. Except during the summer months, cabaret and small stage performances organised by the theater promotion group '''[http://www.hinwider.com/ Hin und Wider]''' (Closed Mondays)
Trauttmansdorffgasse 3. Bus stop: Line 30 at Palais Trauttmansdorff. Open every day from 5.00pm to 2.00am (or later) Where the ex-pats get together in Graz! An authentic style English pub, right in the center of Graz, cozy atmosphere and affordable prices. Premier League football - all the big matches live. English speaking staff. Pub Quiz every Tuesday, live music. Serves home made chili, curry, soup or toasted sandwiches. Free Internet and Darts!
Early Baroque architecture with lavish state rooms. There is a small (€ 1.00) fee for entering the park surrounding the castle, which they likely will not charge if you say you intend to take the castle tour. The castle tour is highly recommended though, as it contains dramatic wall and ceiling paintings, elaborate ceramic stoves, and inlaid wood floors.
the castle perched upon a hill in the middle of the city around which Graz sprang up. The funicular (''Schloßbergbahn'') (10 day and tourist tram/bus ticket covers the ride), and elevator (''Schloßberglift'') (€1,20) will take the effort out of the walk to the top, although to use them would be to miss the wooded paths and some spectacular views.
Stadtpark 2. Located in the center of the municipal park, this is a popular place with students and a lovely outside seating area. Has laid-back electronic music, concerts and live-DJs in summer. Probably the best place to go for a relaxed drink in spring & summer when it's warm. Open daily from 11AM to 4AM.
Originally a temporary project during 2003 for the Cultural Capital of Europe (Graz 2003) celebrations, people liked it enough so it stayed. Designed by the New York artist Vito Acconci, this accessible artificial island in the river, contains a stage for performances and a coffeehouse.
Is Graz's newest exhibition place. It's worth a visit, even if you only look at its design from the outside. It's right across the river from Hauptplatz at the Suedtirolerplatz (Tram 1,3,6,7,14 direction Hauptbahnhof). (You will definitely notice the blue bubble) (3€ with euro<26 card)
Färbergasse 15, 8010 Graz. Popular Irish Pub located in the Bermuda Triangle part of the city. Open 7 nights with live music. Live Premier League football, Champions League, 6 Nations Rugby. Serves Guinness, Kilkenny & Fish & Chips and much more. Irish Staff.
Kirchplatz 9 ''on the eastern edge of Graz'', (''take Tramway 1 to the final stop at Mariatrost''), 3911120, [http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=89123]. Quite a distance from the city center but has semi rural surroundings.
Prokopiegasse 2 (Bermuda Dreieck). New Spanish bar specialising in Pinchos (northern Spanish skewers), 13 Spanish red and white wines and cava, San Miguel, wide range of sherrys and Spanish brandy. Open M-F from 4PM, Sa from 9AM serving Spanish breakfast.
Mariahilferstraße 17. Open from 10.00am to 2.00am. Very relaxed pub offering different kind of steaks and burgers and a small variety of Mexican/Asian food both in a smokers and non-smokers area. Offers at least 20 pool tables, and several snooker tables.
Neubaugasse 6, close to ''Lendplatz''. A club with two floors. Has Live-DJs, Rock, Hip-Hop, Drum & Base, Techno depending on the event. Usually open between We and So. Also popular with younger people. http://www.popculture.at
Rechbauerstr. 15, close to the technical university (''TU''). Serves pizza. Has free wireless access. Open Mo-Fr 9AM to 2PM, Sa-So 6PM to 2PM. Cocktails are around €5. Especially popular with students.
Has really good Pizza & Pasta. (They have two restaurants almost next to each other. One has pizza (7-9€) & pasta. The other one a lot of dishes and a really cheap Pasta lunch menu for 3.90€.
Upscale restaurant which features Styrian traditional dishes, which are heavy on the pumpkin and pumpkin seed. White tablecloths and nice lighting complement the excellently prepared food.
Stockergasse 2, - nice cosy bar / pub with two floors (usually there more people in the downstairs where smoking is allowed). Good, cheap & big salads. - open till 2.00am.
Glockenspielplatz 2-3. It is possible to sit outdoors and the food is reasonable priced but very tasty! Try the fillet steak or Styrian seasonal specialties!
''Schlögelgasse 1'' (between ''Dietrichsteinplatz'' and ''Kaiserjosef-Platz''), - they serve excellent and cheap pizza (€4,80).
Glacisstrasse 63, - nice cosy, pub offering Asian, Moroccan, Italian and Styrian food. Open from 11.30am to 1.00am.
which comes to life with song and rotating dance figures every day at precisely 11:00, 15:00 and 18:00.
Liebenauer Hauptstraße 103, also has 3 skittle alleys (nine-pin bowling), costing 12 € per hour.
Good portions of classic beer garden food with good beer and a spectacular view above the town.
Lendplatz 8, - offers Styrian specialties and reasonable prices. Nice traditional furniture.
Europaplatz 12 (''in front of the main railway station''), 7780. €62/€77 (single/double).
Schlögelgasse 14 (''take tram 3 or 6 to Dietrichsteinplatz''). €120/€200 (single/double).
Bahnhofgürtel 89 (''opposite the main railway station''), 7076. €71/€94 (single/double).
Europaplatz 1 (''next to main railway station''), 711080. €86/€106 (single/double).
nice, Café/Bar with good cakes and tramezinis and lots of Newspapers and Magazines.
They offer American and Asian style food for reasonable prices (go for the steaks)
Grieskai 2. Coffee-to-Go, free WLAN access. The best and finest coffee in town!
Basic furniture in rooms, breakfast as the essentials. A hotel for smokers.
Generic but adequate Marriott hotel outside town but close to the motorway.
Very reasonably price good portions of classic local dishes. Simple décor.
Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz, , Tue-Fr 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sa,Su, 2.00 to 6.00 pm
''Raubergasse 10''. (cheaper with euro<26 card)
The roots of Graz can be traced back to Roman times, when a small fort was built where the city centre is today; Slovenians later built a larger fortress in the same place. The name "Graz" is derived from the Slovenian word gradec, which means small castle. Graz was first mentioned with its German name in 1128 when the dukes of Babenberg turned the place into a commercial centre. During 15th century Graz became the capital of Inner Austria (referring to Styria, Carinthia and Carniola) under the Habsburgs.
Due to its importance as a strategic position, Graz was often assaulted by Ottoman Turks in the 16th century. The fortress located on the Schlossberg (the picture to the right shows the clock tower, which is located on top of the hill) never fell to the Turks (the only place in this region).
During WWII, Graz was part of Nazi Germany (along with the rest of Austria). At the end of the war, Graz was surrendered to Soviet troops largely intact; the historic old town was not seriously hit during Allied bombing raids on the city. In 2003 Graz was the Cultural Capital of Europe.
Some 40,000 of the city's population is made up of students, as Graz is home to no less than six universities (four "standard" universities and two dedicated solely to applied sciences), and is associated with names as illustrious as Johannes Kepler, Erwin Schrödinger and Nikola Tesla. The first university was founded in 1585 (Karl-Franzens-Universität).
Graz is also known for the Magna Steyr (formerly called Steyr-Daimler-Puch) automobile and truck manufacturing plant located there. It is also the birthplace (in nearby Thal) of actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Its UPC-Arena was renamed in Schwarzenegger's honor in 1997, but was renamed again in 2005, following controversy over the governor's support of California's death penalty.
The City of Graz, Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg, is a world heritage site.