Beautiful church called Stadtpfarrkirche zum Heiligen Blut is in the Herrengasse and you can't miss it. Originally it was a chapel first, then become a Dominican church and it has been parish church since 1585.
This originally Gotic styled church was adapted to Baroque style and then once again reconstructed in a Ghotic. The bell tower is peculiar because is made completely out of wood.
Let’s make no secret of it. I do like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer I like, which reflects my particular taste of having a beer. In Austria it was sometimes rather difficult. I found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Gösser Märzen.
Göss’s brewing history goes back 1,000 years: Beer has been brewed in the Styrian convent Göss since 1020. Back then beer brewing was reserved for women – this may perhaps be one reason why it has such appeal to the stronger sex ...? Today the Göss brewery is one of the most modern in Austria. I liked this Gösser Märzen, because its is a light coloured Lager beer and has a mild aroma of malt and a refreshingly dry flavour derived from the balanced addition of the hops.
Glockenspieleplatz is small but very pitoresque city square, in my opinion, it is the most beautiful part in whole of the town of Graz. Many tourists visit it because of the famous carillon, a must see when in town, many others because of the oldest Grazer brewery which stands right next to it. The square is in particularly attractive during night, under well organized illumination.
If you want to take the pictures of the carillon in action, must be lucky or patient to wait for it. There is good brewery at the square where you can shorthen the time by enjoying in good beer.
The river of Murnau flows through the center of the town and several bridges connecting both banks and making it very scenic. This is panoramic view of the Murnau and the city taken from the top of the hill where famous Uhrturm is situated.
Fondest memory: Urhturm hill is a must see sight when visiting Graz, offering double pleasure, there are several sights worth of attention but also for the perfect arial view of the town itself.
Favorite thing: Well, I have this picture snaped at the Schlossberg but have no clue what it is. Was trying to find some link about it but no success about. If anybody could give usefull information about would be very gratefull. Thanks
Favorite thing: The late-Gothic Cathedral was built by Emperor Friedrich III from 1438, as a city parish and court church. In that period Graz was an imperial city and at the same time as the cathedral Friedruch III erected his residence too. As it is usual the churches changing their look in accordance with the new architectural streams. In the late 17th century the church belonged to the Jesuits and was refurbished in Baroque style, while since 1786 bishop's church and the cathedral.
University of Graz is second oldest in Austria, founded in 1585 by Archduke Charles II. Most of its existance it was controlled by the Catholic Church. In 1783, however, the university was closed by the order of Emperor Joseph II in an attempt to gain state control over educational isntitutions. Since that period it was named Karl Franzes Universitat.
The university has over 20.000 students and 9 Nobel Prize laureates.
Fondest memory: It is the only faculty of jazz in all Europe.
Graz used to be imperial city and when Emperor Frederick III was built his residence in the city, right next to the Jesuit church, he declared it to become the cathedral in 1786. It has long history, since mid of 12th centura, when first church was erected here. Since 1438 it become Jesuits church, built in late-Gothic style. In fact, the cathedral saw many changes in its history, from Gothic it was refurbished in Baroqu style (late 17th and early 18th century).
While the appearance of the front facade and the bell tower does not look much as an Gothic construction, expect for the baptistery, the interiors is very much to this style. The altar and the baptistery is richly adorned aswell as the pulpit. The huge organe, which stands above the main portal, is typically Gothis styled.
Favorite thing: Hofgasse is relatively short but very charming street, a promenade area which lies parallel to Herrengasse. It is not shopping area but some nice shops could be found here too. It is nice place for hanging or resting, in between the city tourings. There are couple of good restaurants, cafe bars and pastry shops in this street. Also, it is interesting for it's architecture and facades painted in vivid colours.
By the time of my last visit the Mausoleum was under the reconstructions. On the left-side of the picture there is a part of the Cathedral. Mausoleum was designed by Italian artist Pietro de Pomis, by order of Emporer Ferdinand II and was started building from 1614 within his residence. It is the monument to the successful Counter-Reformation.
The southern part of the mausoleum shelters the graves of Kaiser Ferdinand, his wife, his mother and one of his sons.
Fondest memory: The Mausoleum is situated in Burggasse 2, right next to the cathedral and the Katharinenkirche. It is one of the most important buildings in Graz and a must see.
Sporgasse is attractive walking area which leads up to the Castle hill. The street is relatively short but is rich with the number of fine shops and cozy cafe-bars. Those who like arms or are fond of hunting will find here couple of well equiped shops. Those who hate hunting could enjoy in fine sweets, there is good pastry shop here.
Fondest memory: To me the Sporgasse is one of the most romantic streets in the whole city of Graz. It is a bit steeped but very easy to walk over.%s?
Favorite thing: Although Graz is one of the larger cities in Austria, it doesn't feel that way. Everything the ordinary tourist wants to see or do is within walking distance, and there are many good restaurants and shops along the way. It's a pleasant 2-3 hour train ride from Vienna & is just the right size for a day trip. While it might lack the imperial splendor of Vienna, it has enough historical interest and architectural charm to satisfy all but the most discriminating traveler. Go to the clock tower at the top of the castle hill (fortunately accessible by elevator as well) and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful panorama of the city.
Schloss Eggenberg is such an interesting palace and it is even in a walking-distance of about 20-25 minutes from the Hauptbahnhof. You may take the tram #1 as well, but from the station "Schloss Eggenberg" you have to walk again 5-10 minutes in order to get to the castle.
The door of the castle-park will be locked at night !!
Fondest memory: You may walk around the park of Eggenberg palace / Schloss Eggenberg on your own, freely and without restrictions during the day, BUT in order to see the interior of that beautiful palace, you have to take a GUIDED tour !!
That way you have to calculate about 3-4 hours for Eggenberg palace & its gardens !!
A-8020 Graz - Eggenberger Allee 90
The palace is open : April 30th-October 31st, 2005
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.
Guided tours are 6 Euros (4,50 € for groups)
Tours are at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00a.m., 02.00, 03.00+04.00p.m
Photography inside the palace is NO problem !!
For other years you may check the times here :
Graz is quite a small city and most of the attractions for tourists are in the very centre of town.
From the train-station " Graz Hauptbahnhof" you may take the trams #1, 3, 6, or 7 and will be at the Hauptplatz within 7-10 minutes.
There you may first take a look at the townhall, the Landhaus and Landeszeughaus.
Take the small street opposite of Landhaus and you will get to Glockenspielplatz with the chimes & plenty of restaurants in the so-called "Bermuda-triangle"
You may continue walking through Färbergasse to Sporgasse, turn to the right and get to Hofgasse , see the Hofbäckerei and walk to Burg, Dom and Mausoleum
Walk back to Sporgasse and walk down to Hauptplatz again...
Such a walk could be done easily during a short stop-over of 2 hours !
Fondest memory: Another possibility to explore Graz from Hauptplatz is to walk Sackstrasse and go to the Lift im Berg - go up Schlossberg and see the Uhrturm.
Also the Murinsel is just about 400 meters from the Hauptplatz.
On my picture : Schloss Eggenberg - it is into the other direction from the train-station, but you certainly need about 2 hours to get there, as the park is quite large and in a big distance to the trams.
Favorite thing: Mehlplatz, situated right next to the Glochenspieleplatz, is another little gem of the city. This square is very colourful, closed with fine buildings on each of its side. Great number of restaurants, breweries and cafe-bars are located on the square, making it just an perfect nightlife spot especially in the summer time. Besides, the prices for food and drink are not expensive.