Herrengasse is real heart of the city, connecting eastside and westside of the town. Whichever direction one take, when stolling around, will always come back to this lively street. During a day it is crowded with the busy people or visitors, while in the nights it is almost isolated and enjoyable for walking.
Another beautiful Grazer's palace located in the main street, just a foot from the Landhaus. It is decorated in nice stucco combination of light-green and golden colour what looks very attractive.
Usually served on a silver tray accompanied by a glass of mineral water. Newspapers to be picked up freely. I would go either to Hobackerei, or to Cafe Promenade (especially in the summer, when you can sit outside).
I had a chocolate Kugel, but also to recommend is the 'Napoleon' a coconut, pastry mix dipped in chocolate at both ends.
Ice creams are good in Cafe Promenade.
As far as I am concerned, this is the most beautiful facade in Herrengasse street. It is known as Landeszeughaus and was built in 1642 by Italian architect Antonio Solar, to be the arsenal for medieval weapons. Its nicely done portal is adorned by two sculptures at each side, one is representating Mars, the Greek God of war, while other sculpture is Minerva, Godess of war and art. Actually, Landeszeughaus is the Armory Museum with over 20.000 different medieval weapons, from 15th up to the 19th centuries.
Domherrenhof is nice looking palace adjacent to the Mausoleum and Dom. It seems at first there was convent of the Paulists on this site, but then the new convent was built to be the seat of the Jesuits, from 1597 up to 1775. I couldn't find any usefull information what this palace is today. It has beautifully decorated doorway, probably the most sttractive in whole of Graz.
Schloss Eggenberg is without doubt the most beautiful palace in Graz. It dates back to the year 1623 and the architect had a certain concept for the construction : The 4 seasons of the year are symbolized by the 4 towers, 12 gates were built because of the 12 months of the year and all over the palace of Eggenberg you may count 365 windows.
The architect was Pietro de Pomis, a pupil of Palladio.The interior of the palace is really wonderful with precious stucco-works, frescos, paintings and chandeliers.
A visit in Eggenburg is a Must, including the guided tour,
that will be held daily except mondays at
10.00 + 11.00 +12.00p.m. & 02.00 + 03.00 + 04.00p.m.
Just at the top station of the funicular railway, a very popular place on a warm afternoon - seats difficult to find!
Great views over the city, although we didn't eat here food looked good and was selling fast, time for a couple of beers though.
Lovely hour spent here.
The Luegghaus in the city's main square (Hauptplatz) challanges the Rathaus for the title of most eyecatching building in the square. The two Luegg Houses in the square are beautifully decorated in impressive stucco work which adorn each house's facade.
I noticed four or five peacocks, promenading around in the park. But no one didn't spread its wings. It would be a great photo.
In this photo is one of them sitting in the window and looking for - who knows what...
Modern Graz is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna and it has one of the nicest old centres of the larger Austrian cities. I hope to add more pics soon and to give more descriptions in detail
This is a very nice market close to the Graz opera. Farmers from the region sell their vegetables, fruits, meat specialities, flowers, homemade jams and honey and sweets there. It is the place where you can buy the traditional dark pumkin seet oil as well. I love strolling there on Saturday mornings.
Graz has grown and educated quite some important modern architects (unfortunately they did not build too much in Graz itself) and also attracted modern architects from elsewhere. Some interesting things were built for the "European Cultural Capital" which was Graz a few years ago. The most spectacular buildings are the Kunsthaus and the Murinsel (among some others, among them the Marienlift which apparently will be removed soon.
I was in Graz during Christmas time and visited a very nice street market there.
These markets are extremely popular around Christmas time. Every city has at least one market, if not more. Vienna alone has over five different Weihnachtsmaerkte. They are outdoor areas where people set up booths to sell all kinds of Christmas goodies. One very popular item is called “gluhwein”, which is a hot spiced wine. “Punsch”, a hot punch spiked with rum, is also available for those who need a break from the gluhwein. Food is also available at these markets, especially gingerbread cookies. Decorations are in great supply, with lots of sparkling lights and tinsel- it’s truly a sight to see!
Der Dom, the cathedral of Graz looks rather like the church of a small village from outside, BUT it is really worth to go inside and you will be surprised by the many unique works of art there.
You may enter the Dom freely and withourt restrictions during the day, photography is no problem inside the cathedral !
Take your time to see all of the lovely details of the great baroque architecture.When you click on my last picture you may see a fresco showing holy Christopherus, who has the face of the emperor Friedrich III.
Sporgasse Nr.3 might be another highlight for all fans of great Jugendstil / Art-Nouveau-facades. Opposite of this building you will find 2 lovely garden-cafes facing this facade !
Sporgasse is a small street going up the hill from Rathausplatz - this house is on the left just a few steps from Rathausplatz - and as the street is rather narrow there, you may easily miss it...
A tip for photographers : when you come in the afternoon, you might have the sun shining directely on the golden ornaments !
Also at night this facade is really perfectely lighted !
The Grazer Landhaus with these great arcades reminds me a lot of the great italian architecture of the Renaissance.
You may enter this innercourt during the day freely and without restrictions - no admission charge - maybe they close the gates at night - but during the day you may walk there freely !
Unfortunately all of stairs going to the top of the arcades will be locked - but I found a great place to take a pic of the whole innercourt, from the 4th floor of the " Landeszeughaus " !
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