Graz maintains a balance between its illustrious past and modern present and features spectacular architecture from all periods, while the warm and sunny climate influenced by the closeness to the Mediterranean makes it a very nice city to visit. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Graz (map) is the capital of Styria (Steiermark) and the second largest city of Austria.

The Haus am Luegg / Luegghäuser (map) is a particularly nice example, while the Landhaus (map) and the Rathaus (Town Hall, map) represent the Renaissance style. A good example of Late Gothic architecture can be found at the Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church, map).

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The Schlossberg (Schloßberg, map) – the castle perched upon a hill in the middle of the city around which Graz sprang up. The funicular (Schloßbergbahn, map) (10 day and tourist tram/bus ticket covers the ride), and elevator (Schloßberglift, map) 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.

Clock Tower (Uhrturm, map) – on the top of the Schloßberg, the symbol of Graz.

Eggenberg Palace (Schloss Eggenberg, map) – Early Baroque architecture with lavish state rooms. There is a €2 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 guided tour is highly recommended though, as it contains dramatic wall and ceiling paintings, elaborate ceramic stoves, and inlaid wood floors.

Kunsthaus (map). Graz’s newest exhibition place. It’s worth a visit, even if you only look at its design from the outside.

Armory Zeughaus (Landeszeughaus, map). Contains an amazing collection of arms and armor, from large two-handed swords and maces to the more modern pistols. Originally the local armory was built to readily equip the people in the event of an attack, and so the weapons you’ll see here were made for use, not show.

The Painted House (Gemaltes Haus, map). It is completely covered with frescos (painted in 1742 by Johann Mayer). Herrengasse (map) – the most important shopping street in Graz. It connects the main square (Hauptplatz) with Jakominiplatz.

Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing (map) an open-air museum containing old farmhouses/farm buildings from all over Austria reassembled in historic setting.

Lurgrotte (map), the most extensive cave system in Austria.

All restaurants have cheap lunch deals (“Mittagsmenü”) (12:00-15:00) or a dish of the day (“Tagesempfehlung”) that are usually very good, fresh and have the best value.

+ It is worth noting that the direct services by train from Vienna to Graz pass through the *Semmering Railway, a rail line listed in the UNESCO World Heritage due to its unique construction. Keep your eyes open! From Vienna to Graz, sit on the left; from Graz to Vienna, sit on the right.

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Regions & Cities of Austria

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Salzkammergut – the region is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as “Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape“. Lower Austria, Wachau — inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 with the towns *Melk, *Spitz, *Dürnstein and KremsSalzburg (state) – the most important forms of income are tourism and agriculture.

Tyrol – is a multi-national historical region in the heart of the Alps. South Tyrol, despite its German-speaking majority, has been part of Italy since the end of World War I. It makes up the northern portion of the alpine Italian autonomous province Trentino-Alto Adige with its capital in Bolzano / Bozen.

Vorarlberg – the state is almost entirely mountainous and enjoys one of the highest standards of living and income levels in Austria due to its proximity to Switzerland. It is also is home to an Alemanic alpine culture, quite different to the rest of Austria making it a special place in the country even to other Austrians.

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Transport around Graz

The city has a comprehensive bus network, complementing the Graz tram network consisting of eight lines.

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Graz does not have a dedicated bus terminal. Linie G1 – Dr. RichardRegional Buses

Eurolines Austria / ÖBB / InterCityBus

Trains are the best and most common form of mass transportation in Austria. Comfortable and moderately priced trains connect major cities and many towns; buses serve less significant towns and lakes. The two forms of transport are integrated and designed to complement each other, and intercity coaches exist but don’t provide anywhere near the level of intercity rail service.

FlixBus are one of the leading long-distance providers in Europe and operate a network of around 1,700 stops within 28 countries. Within Austria, this coach provider operates a network of 34 stops which make it easy to travel even further.

RegioJet are a private Czech coach provider, who operate bus routes around the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and 90 other cities throughout Europe.

Graz main station (Hauptbahnhof, map) is on the western edge of the city centre. Graz has frequent connections to Vienna with direct trains every hour. Connections to Salzburg and most other Austrian Cities and Munich are also reasonably frequent. >> S-Bahn Styria

The railways are managed by the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. Wien Hauptbahnhof (map) – is the main railway station in Vienna. The station names of all stops in Vienna start with its German name “Wien“.  + Rail Europe

Wien Westbahnhof (map). The services from Salzburg run by the private company WestBahn terminate here. Apart from it, only regional trains serve the Westbahnhof. Westbahn also serves a few other otherwise regional stations such as Wien Mitte and Wien Praterstern.

The Alpen Express is a sleeper train that takes you directly from Amsterdam to Austria’s most famous ski areas in Tirol.

Travelling times between major Austrian cities:

  • Vienna ⇔ Salzburg = less than 2,5 hours with ÖBB railjet
  • Salzburg ⇔ Innsbruck = less than 2 hours with ÖBB railjet
  • Innsbruck ⇔ Bregenz = starting from approx. 2,5 hours
  • Vienna ⇔ Graz = 2 hours 38 min.
  • Graz ⇔ Linz = starting from approx. 3 hours
  • Graz ⇔ Innsbruck = starting from approx. 6 hours

Austria has a well-developed road network which lets you reach your destination with ease. Find all pertinent information about rules of the road and answers to frequently asked questions.

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An excellent motorway, highway, and federal road network connects Austria with its neighbouring countries. All main border check points are open day and night. In general, Austrian traffic regulations and traffic signals are similar to those enforced in other European countries.

Graz Airport – It is a relatively minor regional airport around 9 km south of the city centre.

Vienna International Airport (map), located 18 km (11 mi) southeast of the city center. City Airport Train – non-stop airport transfer to Vienna! (+ St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport)

Riverboats on the Danube include connections with LinzBratislava and Budapest, but are slower and more expensive than other options.

LOD – Run a fast hydrofoil between Vienna and Bratislava May–October with up to two daily departures.

Twin City Liner – A fast catamaran between Vienna and Bratislava March–December with up to four daily departures.

Mahart Passnave – Operate a fast hydrofoil between Vienna and Budapest May–October with daily departures during the peak season.

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