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    the great arcades of the court of the Landhaus

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    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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    Glockenspielplatz & the famous chimes of Graz

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    Glockenspielplatz is situated in the old centre of town, and since more than 100 years the top windows of that little tower will open three times the day and you may watch a dancing couple in traditional austrian costumes dancing to the music of the chimes... The rest of the day, the gates are closed like you may see it at my last 2 pics !
    The chimes / Glockenspiel is one of the highlights in Graz and you may see busloads of people waiting there at certain times - so make sure, you get there some time before the "show" will start !
    There are 3 performances every day :
    at 11.00 a.m. + 03.00 p.m. + 06.00 p.m.
    each performance takes about 5 minutes !
    BUT when you have seen the 1st minute, you have seen it all....

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    Luegghaus

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    Luegghaus is the name of this beautiful building at Hauptplatz, at the corner to Sporgasse.
    "Lueg ums Eck" is an ancient way to say in german :"look around the corner" and it is a good name for a building at such an important place. The best time to take photographs of the building is in the afternoon and even better at night, when the flood-light is shining on the facade and you will see all of the various decorations and stucco-works much better than during the day.

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    Landhaus -the seat of the local government

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    In Herrengasse,( the main shopping-street in Graz), you will see this building : the famous " Landhaus " It was built for the administration of the county Steiermark / Styria - and it was built in the special Renaissance-style that was already influenced a lot by the italian architecture.
    The most beautiful part of Landhaus is not that great fassade, but the inner-court - look for the balconies - the entrance to the inner-court is just below the balcony.
    You may enter the building and the court freely and without restrictions during the day.

    Landhaus -the seat of the local government Landeszeughaus is part of the ensemble
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    Grazer Oper (the Opera of Graz)

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    The Opera of Graz was built by the famous Viennese architects Helmer & Fellner (who are also well known for many buildings along the Wiener Ringstrasse like the Burgtheater, Votivkirche,Oper etc.)
    The opera of Graz is close to Jakominiplatz, just about 300 meters outside the historic centre, surrounded by a nice park and next to it you may see a giant modern sculpture :
    "Lichtschwert" is the name of it (sword of light). Behind the opera you will find the so-called Kaiser-Josef-Markt, a market with local culinary delights, from Monday till Friday .

    The opera is beautifully lighted at night !

    Grazer Oper (the Opera of Graz)
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    Grazer Uhrturm

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    The Grazer Uhrturm (belfry) is certainly the most famous sight of Graz and you may see it from many places all over the city. A few years ago there was a 2nd black tower next to it, symbolizing the shadow of the tower, but it was removed again (some pages on VT have pics of that shadow)
    At first the Uhrturm was part of the fortification and got it's characteristic clock and the wooden balconies not before the year 1712.
    When you click on my picture you may see a small bell as well - it dates back to the year 1382.
    you may not enter the tower - but there is a great terrace around it and on a sunny day plenty of people have a walk up there simply in order to relax and enjoy the view. You will NOT hear any noises at all from the busy town beneath !!

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    The Hauptplatz & the Rathaus of Graz

    by globetrott Updated May 10, 2006

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    On Rathausplatz you will see the lovely Rathaus (townhall) - have a closer look for the great fassade with so plenty of small balconies and many great sculptures.
    The Rathaus will also be perfectely lighted at night !
    In front of the Rathaus you will find the Hauptplatz (the main-square of Graz) with the monument for Erzherzog Johann - it is a great place to sit on the steps of the monument and relax a bit, when exploring the city of Graz. Next to the monument you will see plenty of small food-stands with a large variety of food and drinks.

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    GRAMM - the Adams family in Gralla

    by FRONA Written May 8, 2006

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    Its a family owned BnB with own winery and pumpkin oil production. The family is really nice and the wine is quite good - especially the Burgunder. They serve Bread bords with home made dried meats and gherkins. I call them Adams family because of all the funny decorations but also because of the funny clients. I love their tall skinny cat and the one eyed dog that greet every guest. This place is a very nice pitstop for Bikers and bikeriders. They are part of the "Vacation in the country" movement. They also have adequate space for parties.

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    Facades

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Another interesting detail, the Venetian look-like styled windows and the coat of arms above it. Looks like a kind of signiture, I wonder wheter it represent the owner of the house or the master-builder. It is probably the first one.
    There are so many lovely details on the facades all around like, small statues, emblems or other ornaments.

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    Hofbaeckerei - Edegger-Tax

    by croisbeauty Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    When strolling around observe facades of the towns buildings, many interesting details can be seen on it.
    This beautiful coat of arms stands on the palace which is situated in between the Cathedral and the Concert Hall.
    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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    Mausoleum/Dom (Cathedral)

    by dejavu2gb Written Feb 23, 2006

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    The Cathedral was built as a court church between 1438 and 1464 under the order of Emperor Frederick III.
    The adjacent Mausoleum for Emperer Ferdinand I, built by Italian, Pietro de Pomi, dates back to 1615.

    The famous plague painting commemorates the three plagues of God, can be seen on the south wall or the cathedral..
    The 3 plagues were, Locusts, Black Death and the Turks.

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    Station Ceiling

    by dejavu2gb Written Feb 23, 2006

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    This is not actually a total must see tip, but when I saw it, I really liked it.
    As strange as this may sound, but the Ceiling of the main station is so so so cool. If you get to Graz by train, you will most probably notice it as you enter the main station area.

    I cannot actually explain it completely, as its difficult to, but have a look at my pictures to see for yourself. I thought it was very very cool!

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    The world's largest collection of armour

    by aukahkay Written Feb 22, 2006

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    The Armoury on Herrengasse street is certainly one of the most interesting historical monuments in Graz. Styrian nobles built it between 1642-1645. Today, with an array of 32000 weapons and devices of all kinds, it is the best-preserved armoury in the world. Four storeys house weapons and armour from the 15th to 19th centuries in near perfect condition.

    The Armoury Museum of Graz
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    Hofbackerei

    by dejavu2gb Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Turning left into Hofgasse, something not to miss is the gorgeous facade of the court Bakery Hofbackerei Edegger Tax, crowned by a golden double eagle.
    Unfortunately when we passed by there, they had already closed, but I aparrently what they have on offer is really gorgeous, and worth paying a visit.
    Do get there early if you are there in a Saturday as I know they close ealier.

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    Hof Des Deutschen Ritterordens

    by dejavu2gb Written Feb 22, 2006

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    Next to the Leugghaus, one of Graz's most charming streets starts winding its way up along the foot of the Schlossberg. Particularly worth seeing is the Gothic arcaded courtyard of the Teutonic Order, paved with so-called Murnockeln, stones from the river Mur.

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