I am not a fan of beer and if thirsty I'd rather drink a soft drink. Sometimes, however, I take beer after pizza. Since I'm not a fan of it, then I cannot even identify what characteristics the individual types of beer has. I guess Gosser is originally local Austrian beer because its green coloured advertising dominates throughout the city.
This musicians from Bolivia are old acquaintances, namely, they are frequent quests in my hometown of Zagreb, spending there several months in a year. They perform very soulful and melodious music that is pleasant to listen to. It is original Indian music, originating from both North and South America. Music is very relaxing and perfectly fits in the car for a long drivings.
In Central Europe there is a traditional custom of giving flowers, in almost every occasion, a man gives flowers to his loved one, friends when visiting friends in their homes, on the occasion of celebrations, birthdays or funerals,....etc. By giving flowers, man in love shows his affection and attention towards the person he loves, and it has a very clear symbolism. If a woman accepts flowers thus shows that she isn't indifferent towards this man. Married men, however, most often give gifts flowers to make up for a sin. The more bigger bouquet is, the more nicer or expensive is, it is a clear sign that man's sin is greater.
Grazers love to hang out, at any time of a day, meet friends and chat in the cozy ambience of the many city cafes. Nice and sunny day will make many to get out on the streets, take a walk around town and have drink at their favorite cafe. Every cafe and pastry shop has a small street terrace, especially those located in a city squares. Locals prefer to sit outside on the terrace, in order to watch those who passerby and to be seen by others. On cold winter days on the terraces are installed heaters so that the terraces are usable throughout the whole year.
The towns Concert Hall (Schauspielhaus) is situated n the Fteiheitsplatz, coloquially called Franz Josef Square.
There ecxists a long tradition of music in this town and its citizens are real music lovers. In case of attractive concert, and not only, you cannot get the ticket because most of the concerts are sold-out. In case of planning to visit Graz, make sure to book tickets in advance if there is an attractive concert during your visit.
There are two things in Graz which remind me a lot to my hometown of Zagreb, first is the ancient name of Gradec, which is identical to ancient name of the Upper Town in Zagreb, and second is the local theatre which, as the one in my hometown, was designed by the Vienese architects Hellmer and Fellner. It seems to me that this two guys have had only one matrix for the theatre buildings. So far I have seen their theatre buildings in Zagreb, Rijeka, Vienna and this one in Graz and all of them look like a twince. As far as I know, there are more of a kind in some other Central European cities.
Unfortunatelly the Operahaus was undergone major reconstruction works and its front facade was covered by a scafold.
The bronze column stands on the square at the end of Sporgasse street, right in front of the entrance into the Castle Hill complex. The name of the square is Karmelitenplatz and it is from where one can start explorings of Schlossberg hill. The pillar is made in a shape of girl's braides with the figure of the madonna at it's top. It could be some kind of the Holy Trinity.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Austria is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Austria with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in Austria generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
If nice sunny day in Graz nothing is so hard like catching free table at the upper terrace of the Cafe Schwalbennest in the Innere Stadt. It is probably the most attractive terrace in whole town and always full. I was aiming if there is free table several times in between the strollings around but wasn't lucky. The terrace is overlooking the River of Mur and the Kunsthaus on the far bank.
This pillar with the Virgin Mary on the top stands in the middle of the flower market, at the end of Herrengasse street. Austrians, who are devoted catholics, worshiping Virgin Marry alot and its statuetes could be seen all over the country.
The column is visible from the far distance and could serve as an meeting point if one went too far to the western direction while strolling and exploring the city.
The City Museum of Graz (Stadtmuseum) could be found in a very busy Sachtrasse 18, where no space excisting to make an attractive photo of the entire building. Actually, the building is called Khuenburg Palace and was built in the Baroque style. It is place where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born, Archduke heir to the throne of the Austro-Ungarian Empire. His assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 led directly to the outbreak of World War I.
The palace is now home to the Stadtmuseum, whose exibits trace the history of the town.
I was really unlucky, the gallery was closed as well as the passage to the catle park where the famous Eggenberg Schloss is situated. The Alte Galerie (Old Gallery) is located at the Eggenberger Allee 90 and is part of Eggenburg Castle complex. The whole complex makes widely famous Landesmuseum Joanneum which is one of the best European museums.
The Alte Galerie contains European paintings and sculptures from the Romanesque period to the end of the Baroque period. The inner court-yard of the palace is in particularly attractive.
I am not quiet sure but if still remembering this building is overlooking Franz Joseph Square or is situated in its close vicinity. It is called The Old University and the Grammar School. Besides relatively simple but attractive facade my attention was caught by two identical coats of arms placed at the corner of the building.
When you are inside the Mausoleum you may see this interesting painting in the very centre of the ceiling of Katharinenkirche :
It shows the siege of Vienna by the turques and it shows emperor Leopold as the heroic conqueror over the turques, although Leopold fled to Passau as soon as the turques arrived in Vienna, and he did not return, untill his troops could finally push back the enemies...
Click on my picture and see the city of Vienna & the siege of the Turques in 1683. It was not only a victory against Turkey, BUT also a victory of the Christian faith over the Moslems and for that reason this large painting was made in the centre of the cuppola in the church.