See the beautiful Rathaus, the Town Hall of Graz, which is situated in the Rathausplatz, The Town Hall Square. Rathaus is very huge building which occupies waste area of the very heart of the city.
Fondest memory: By the time I have visited Graz the whole area around the Rathausplatz was under major reconstruction works.
Favorite thing: When I arrived in Graz there was a snow storm, when I awoke the next day the snow had cleared and I walked about a frozen city under blue skies and a cold bright sun, and waded through the deep snow. So much snow had fallen so quickly that it was pristine in places, and it left some unusual reminders, like the snow ghost draped around the neck of this statue in the park.
Graz has everything except the mad sandy beaches of Spain. Daytime has so much to offer with the mountains, shopping and the Clock Tower (feck off if you think I'm gonna try to spell Schlossberg again...oh...I just did).
At night (well, weekends if 2004's experience is anything to go by) the restaurants are fantastic and the bars pump out great vibes and all tastes are catered for. Streetside bars, cellar pubs with jazz...hmmm...nice....!!!!!
But as I said before: DON'T touch the Guinness. The only thanks you'll get will be from the shareholders of Andrex Toilet Paper!!
Fondest memory: The weather is amazing. The people are fantastic.
Favorite thing: When you walk through the streets of Graz, you'll notice that there are a lot of young people. I haven't actually been out [like clubbing] there, but it's something I should definitely try - to check out the club scene... ;)
Favorite thing: By the time of my visit to Graz, Rathausplatz, the main city square was under major reconstruction works. It is the most popular meeting point of Graz and the best possible place for starting exploring the town.
I won't start speaking about the university, 'coz I was supposed my freshman year there, but things went wrong, so it slipped out of my hands. Would like to do that someday anyway! :)
Graz has been an important university city since 1585. I bet you're thinking to yourself: what could beat Vienna?! But, it has a pretty good reputation as the matter of fact. There's the Karl-Franzens-University, the Technical university & the Music university. The unique thing about it is that it has the only jazz uni in Europe! I think this is a good reason for Graz to have so many international students.
Graz is made of 17 city neighborhoods, as you could call them. It's a cool thing, 'coz everyone knows which part is which. It reminded me a bit of Paris & its arrondissements. So, here they go:
I Innere Stadt
II St. Leonhard
VIII St. Peter
This is a beautifully designed and unique bridge to cross the river. From far, I thought it's a museum. It is accessible for the disabled cos there's a lift.
In the middle of the bridge, there's a small theatre made from steel and it's free. Oh, the Mur-Insel, is like a ship which can rise and sink with the water level.
if you arrive from italy,where everyone speaks loudly, suddenly at the border everyone is quiet;it is very austrian...
In the train from bruck/mur to graz,I was in front of a very very very pretty girl,who was reading a funny magazine.
She started to laugh,and pffff she looked around to see if she had disturbed someone...
Favorite thing: Graz is a perfectly located city: partly surrounded by the Alpes, at the ford of the river Mur, with the little Schlossberg in the centre, 70 km from the Hungarian and 40 km from the Slovenian borders.
In the old town, and particularly around the Hauptplatz, there are beautifully decorated buildings.
The house in the middle (at the corner of the Hauptplatz and the Sporgasse) is called Luegg. It comes from the phrase "ums Eck lugen", meaning to peek around the corner. It's has been a busy spot since the 13th century.
Favorite thing: Concrete Art is a Cultural Capital project, a series of monumental sculptures made of concrete. This is my favourite object, it looks like an abstract Christmas tree for me (the glass globes contain all kinds of horses). It stands in front of the Minorite church (Mariahilferstrasse) (probably only until the end of 2003).
Favorite thing: As Graz is this year's Cultural Capital, there is a lot of new development in the city, one more exciting than the other. I describe all my favourites - the Kunsthaus, the Island on the Mur, the Clock Tower Shadow and the Mary Lift - among the "Must see" places, but I must add that I admire the city of Graz for all these constructions and I wish we had at least one thing similarly breathtaking and/or funny in Budapest.
Walk, walk and walk around Graz and admire its lovely streets with beautiful, colorful houses with flowers in windows, a lot of flowers.
When I was there on Sunday summer morning the city looked empty: no traffic, no tourists, just a few pedastrians.
Visit the old churches, clock tower (for the views) and historic homes.
Fondest memory: 1. Setting my teeth into a very large vanilla slice at a cosy cafe.
2. Feeling as though I was set in a fairytale, due to the surroundings of forest and ornamental buildings.
3. Eating Mozart chocolate balls and sipping Mozart thick chocolate liqueur... yum!