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    What to see in 2-3 hours in Graz ??

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Schloss Eggenberg

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    inside Eggenberg palace
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    Favorite thing: 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 :
    http://www.museum-joanneum.steiermark.at/

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    Architecture 2

    by aramat Updated Oct 11, 2003

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    Hauptplatz

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Cultural Capital 2003 - Concrete Art

    by aramat Written Oct 4, 2003

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    Concrete Art

    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).

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    The Town Hall

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II
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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    The Cathedral

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Glockenspieleplatz

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 17, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Mehlplatz

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Mehlplatz
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    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.

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    Hofgasse street

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    Hofgasse
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    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.

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    Sporgasse

    by croisbeauty Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 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?

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    Karl Franzes Universitat

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 8, 2011

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    The University

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Panoramic view of the city

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 17, 2011

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    panoramic view from the Uhrturm hill
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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Mur-Insel - "Island in the Mur"

    by A2002 Updated Jun 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Cultural Capital 2003 - Constructions

    by aramat Written Oct 4, 2003

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    Kunsthaus

    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.

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