Högl visits Graz, the capital city of Styria
Graz is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a culture and entertainment capital, a shopping paradise, and so much more.
Graz is worth a visit for its historical centre alone. Since 1999, the city’s old quarter has been one of a select group of around 900 UNESCO World Heritage sites, offering us a window onto a unique architectural culture that spans many hundreds of years, from the Gothic period right up to the 21st century. One of the jewels in the World Heritage site’s crown is Eggenberg Palace, built in 1625. With its 24 state rooms in Baroque and Rococo styles and a cycle of over 500 ceiling frescoes, the palace offers visitors a unique artistic and cultural experience. After exploring the palace, a walk through its beautiful gardens tops off your visit off perfectly.
With its many museums and galleries, Graz is also an important destination for art lovers. The Kunsthaus Graz (affectionately nicknamed the “Friendly Alien”), which opened its doors in 2003, is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. There is plenty here to tempt art buffs, including regular temporary exhibitions of post-1960 Austrian and international art. You can find out more about the current exhibitions on the website of the museum
. Another well-known Graz landmark is the futuristic Murinsel, a floating platform on the Mur river. Conceived by Graz-born Robert Punkenhofer and designed by New York artist Vito Acconci, the island is accessible from the bank and is used for hosting a number of different events. It also has a café perfect for whiling away the hours.
Austria’s second-largest city has plenty to tickle the taste buds. There is a huge variety of culinary delights on offer in its countless bars, coffee shops, vinotheques, bistros and restaurants, enabling visitors to sample both regional delicacies and international cuisine. If you want to experience real Styrian cuisine at its best, be sure to book a table at the award-winning “Steirer" restaurant. Without dout the highlight of the culinary calendar is the “Lange Tafel der Genuss-Hauptstadt” (“Long Table of the Gourmet Capital”), which takes place every year and is set against the beautiful backdrop of Graz’s old quarter.
Lange Tafel der Genuss-Hauptstadt Graz © Graz Tourismus - Werner Krug
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