The emperor Franz Josef was the greatest ever emperors of the Hapsburg family. He succseded in making so called K und K monarchy one of the most powerfull states in Europe and the rest of the world. K und K monarchy ruled over the whole of the Central European territory.
Most of the Austrians admire this emperor even today being very pround on his great both political and cultural achivements.
In a very short period the town of Graz was under the Ottomans rule. Their main goal was to conquest Vienna, but with no succes at all. Not many traces of the Ottoman's rule can be seen in Graz today, this well in Schlossberg is one of the rare examples.
I do not remember whos statue represent this monument, probably one of the Ottomans sultans or generals.
The Grazers are devoted and practicle catholics, there are many signs of it in the town. This beautiful Holy Trinity column stands on the vegetable market, which is situated on the right bank of river Mur right opposite to the castle hill.
Austrians are like the Irish - very polite. When you're in a bar/shop/brothel the common courtesy is to say "Gruce Got" (not correct spelling). It's all you have to say to someone and they'll appreciate it. It's like saying "Hi, how are ya?".
There is a thing which is not to be forgotten nor ignored while in Austria - Mülltrennung - dividing every kind of garbage into a separate can! It takes a lot of space [and a lot of cans] & is basically kind of useless, since they put it at the same pile in the end, but when in Rome... ;)
Graz advertises as birthplace of super movie star Arnold Scharzeneger. Well, in real Arnold Schwartzeregger was NOT born in Graz, but in Thal, a farmers village about 10 Km northwest of Graz (thank you Eric, edorlas for letting me know).
He is Republican Party candidate for the governor of California (= future president of the USA maybe, like Ronald Reagan before) now = in 2003. Update: he won and he is the governor of California now (2005). Very active man, no doubt about it.
From my friend Judy (JudyinPA) from Pennsylvania:
Arnie can't be President just because he was born and lived here.
Thank you Judy :-)
This bowl of water for dogs was offered on Sporgasse (I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the bar, they would deserve to be mentioned) and I love the idea very much: it's so simple, but shows care and I'm sure it's welcome by pet owners.
Graz is a very musical city. Not only did Europe's first jazz faculty open in its university, but the west bank is home to a several delightful little boozers offering live Turkish and Croat folk music. Graz also boasts a notable music festival, and a stunning Opera House, kitted out in cod high-baroque
Graz has the only university in Europe where you can study jazz. Consequently, lovers and connoisseurs can get some musical gems for free - from the students who earn a few extra bob busking in the streets. If there was a competition between cities as regards the quality of their buskers, Graz would probably win!
Similar stalls can be found in various parts of the city: the roasted chestnuts smell good, taste great, and holding the little bag warms the hands in winter.