30 Things I Like About Graz, Austria 17


30 things i like about graz, austria
My husband and I spent 2 days in Graz — Austria’s culinary and cultural capital– and I must say, we really enjoyed the city, even despite visiting during a heat wave. In addition to this, the 2 1/2 hour train ride from Vienna to Graz was like a fairy tale with farms, mountains and castles. We stayed at Mecure Graz City Hotel for a nice deal through booking.com, and were pleasantly surprised to discover our room had a nice view of the clock tower on top of the hill.

Also, I’d like to give a special thank you to Ashley from Viennella for recommending many of the hot spots in Graz!

Below I share with you the 30 things I like about Graz, Austria. Enjoy!


downtown graz austria

Downtown Graz

1) A charming city with a homey feeling

2) A bike friendly city (there are bikers everywhere!!)

3) The people/locals are quite friendly

4) The City Hall, which use to hold a prison until the 19th century, is different in architecture than Vienna’s Gothic city hall and features statues and colorful flowers in front

town hall graz austria

Town Hall, Graz, Austria

5) The double spiral staircase, or the ”staircase of reconciliation,” which has two opposing spiral stairs that come together, separate and rejoin in the end

6) Having an Iced Chai Latte and lactose-free carrot cake muffin at Tribeka, a place known for having the best coffee in Graz

7) Walking up the 260 stairs (okay maybe I didn’t like that SO MUCH…) but the views on the way to the clock tower were worth it and you feel quite satisfied with yourself

8) The Clock Tower, a fortified medieval tower from 1560 and a symbol of the city

clock tower graz austria

Clock Tower – Graz, Austria

9)  The Kunsthaus, also known as ”friendly alien” by its creators,  houses contemporary art from the last decades and the architecture can catch anybody’s eye

10) The little lizards that run across your path (okay, and maybe scare you a bit) as you walk up to the Clock Tower (they’re cute, alright?!) 😉

11) Eating lunch at Frankowitsch, a restaurant and bakery over 70 years old and recommended by the locals. Frankowitsch is known for their open faced sandwiches (or sliced bread with special toppings). We got to try crab meat, Gorgonzola with celery, roast beef, lobster, and curry with egg– all very unique and tasty

frankowitsch graz austria

Lunch at Frankowitsch

12)Taking night walks around the city!

13) Being the city were La Strada is held, a festival that collaborates with international artists who seek new forms of expression outside of established theaters and performances

14) Eating tapas made from local cuisine at Der Steirer 

15) Being another photogenic city (yay for Instagram-friendly photos!)

window shopping downtown graz austria

Window shopping downtowon

16)The Masoleum, an imperial place of rest, and an incredible sight, just like the Cathedral

17) Burgers at Beat with garlic aioli on the side

18) Taking a leisurely walk around the gardens of Schloss Eggenberg

19) Lemonade and a healthy vegetarian lunch at Mangolds 

vegetarian lunch mangolds graz austria

Vegetarian lunch at Mangolds

20)Walking through the Lendplatz farmer’s market, observing all the fresh produce and items

21) The Armory Museum, known as Landeszeughaus, that houses the largest historic armory in the world

the armory museum graz austria

The Armory Mueseum

22)Window shopping in the heart of the city — Hauptplatz

23) Breakfast at Freiblick where the breakfasts are named after fashion designers and you get quite a nice view of the city from the rooftop. I got the ”Karl Lagerfeld” with creamed spinach on a poached egg plus pancakes with fruit and whipped cream. Yum!

24) Landhaushof’s courtyard, which happens to be my favorite feature of Graz because of it’s beautiful Renaissance architecture

landhaushof graz austria

Courtyard

25) The Glockenspiel, a famous sight with 24 bells, where three different melodies play three times a day and statues of a young women and man dressed in traditional costumes dance

26) The Island of Mur, a cool creation/construction that sits in the middle of Mur River and glows in blue all night long

island of mur graz austria

The Island of Mur

27) Watching the sunset on Schlossberg

28) Pumpkin seed oil, a local specialty of Steiermark (Styria) area which Graz is part of,  and it’s my new favorite oil!

pumpkin seed oil michelle terese hrvat graz austria

Me with Pumpkin Seed Oil

29) Walking through the wide piazza of Joanneum Quarter and admiring the futuristic glass window architecture that comes up from the ground

30) Graz being closer to Italy than Vienna (hehe)


Thanks for reading!


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17 thoughts on “30 Things I Like About Graz, Austria

  • Lisa

    Hi, I loved reading this article! Great to the point. I am a local from Graz and agree with all the points. I’d add Schöckl, our house mountain where you can hike, bike or take the gondola up. Also Fürstenstand on the Plabutsch is a great place to hang out, hike, bike and then have a great, cheap Styrian meal,
    Best, Lisa

  • N.

    I recommend taking a tour of the interior of Schloss Eggenberg if you go back. 🙂

    I lived in Graz for a year and I’m going back to live in a town 20 minutes away for two more years.

  • Friendly reminder

    Just one thing, you’re not AMERICAN! America is a CONTINENT, not a country. Why do you US Citizens keep on stealing our continent’s name?

    • Michelle Post author

      Dear ”Friendly Reminder,”
      According to Dictionary.com, an AMERICAN is:

      1) a person born, raised, or living in the U.S.

      2) a person born, raised, or living in North America or South America

      Therefore I qualify under both numbers, since I was born and raised in the United States in Northern America.

      Have a nice day 🙂

  • Erich

    Next time when you´re in Graz we hope to be our guest to have a Segway Tour right through Graz to get an overview of our beautiful city. On our Panorama Tour you can get a great view of the city and the landscape around it. We are looking forward to be our guest! Have a nice time!

  • Katie

    Have just moved to Graz as part of my YA (katieimausland.wordpress.com) so really enjoyed reading this article – thanks for the advice, looking forward to ticking some of these things off my to do list!

  • Uncle John

    Hi Michelle. Thanks for the great article on Graz. Very interesting, especially for me. My grandfather came from Graz and it is the city of his birth. (My Mom’s father Joseph Novak.) Thanks for the pictures. Best to you and Aldin

    Uncle John & Aunt Jean