Graz is a veritable travel gem, whether as a cool city for a weekend trip or a relaxing holiday. Not for nothing is the picturesque town on the banks of the Mur considered one of the loveliest destinations in Austria.

The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can stroll along delightful little lanes and down alleys, enjoying the sight of its historic Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings.If you need a rest, settle down in one of the lovely green parks, or choose one of the numerous cafés in the picturesque Old Town lanes to enjoy a "Café Mélange" in peace and quiet.

It's just as pleasant in other parts of the city, as you will find if you embark on a gastronomic tour of the town, which is also known as the "Pleasure Capital": it has everything your heart could possibly desire. The young and young-at-heart also appreciate the former Cultural Capital of Europe with its landmark of the futuristic Kunsthaus as a Styrian design city. The "City of Design" is known for its easy interaction with art and urban culture.

Whether the Austrian Sculpture Park, a little way outside the city, with around 60 contemporary works of art or the somewhat futuristic Murinsel ("Island in the Mur") in the middle of the city, the jewel that is Graz is just waiting to be explored. And for those who still have the energy to party afterwards, there are numerous bars and clubs in the lively university quarter that are open until the early hours.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of the Austrian state of Styria.

  • Population

    about 270,000

  • Size

    about 127 km²

  • Public transport

    Good bus and tram network, lift and funicular up to the Schlossberg ("Castle Hill").

  • Climate

    Central European climate.

  • Best time to visit

    Spring to autumn have the perfect weather conditions.

  • Good to know

    Graz is also called the "Capital of Pleasure". Its culinary variety is as wide and varied as you would therefore expect – and includes the two Old Town breweries Gösser Bräu and Glöckl Bräu with old-fashioned schnitzels and hearty menus.

  • Nice to know

    The 475 m Schlossberg ("Castle Hill") with clock tower, local recreation area and lookout point is in the middle of the city. The Schlossberg funicular and a lift are there for those who prefer not to attempt the 260 steps up the castle hill.

  • Airport

    Graz, approx. 9 km south of the city centre.

  • Bus

    Number 630 and 631 run between the airport and the city centre. The journey takes about 27 minutes.

  • Regional Train

    The S5 links the airport with the main railway station in Graz. The journey takes about 12 minutes

  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals halls. Depending on the traffic, it takes about 15 minutes to get to the city centre.