After Vienna, Graz is the second biggest city in Austria and is also the capital of Syria. The city is a symbol of southern beauty, which surprisingly remained undiscovered by the American tourists for a long time. It is located on the Mur River in the southeast of Austria and is about 200 km southwest of Vienna. It takes around an hour and a half from Vienna to reach the historical city of Graz, which offers some of the most remarkable architectural and cultural treasures of Austria.
Graz shows a clear Mediterranean influence from around southern Europe and presents a unique culinary fusion, lifestyle, and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Graz enjoys an enviable reputation as a student city with six universities and more than 44,000 students. The students can relax and enjoy in many street cafes which impart the city a likely Mediterranean flair.
The “Old Town” Or the Austrian City of Graz
The “Old Town” of Graz is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. It is the soul of the city and presents many attractions such as the city mountain, former fortifications, charming alleyways, medieval building facades as well as a remarkable modern architecture. It would not be an exaggeration to call it a living museum with a modern twist. Regardless of whether it is summer or winter, the place is always full of activity.
One particular feature that makes Graz so special is an exciting combination of ancient treasures and modern architecture like the Kunsthaus Graz, which wonderfully mirrors the Old Town in its façade. The art galleries, great shopping opportunities, the excellent restaurants-both modern and traditional, and a busy event calendar make sure that the city is always bustling with activity and remains a happening place.
Graz is popularly called the capital of culinary delights, as it offers some great foods and wines. It’s no surprise that in 1999, Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites, thanks to its countless sights and attractions.
With so much to offer, Graz is worth a visit. Many Danube River Cruises offer 2 days in Vienna while cruising. We can assist with train tickets and other travel arrangements so you can fully enjoy your time in the city of Graz and discover this amazing place for yourself!