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Right on the eastern edge of the city center is the enormous green expanse of the city park (Stadtpark). When I was there it was actually an enormous white expanse, with snow so deep it went up past my knee in parts, and I'm a long legged 6'2" (1.87m) tall. It was deep. And snowy. It looked great, though, especially on a Sunday winter's day, and there were plenty of people braving the temperatures and conditions to wander around and admire the views.
This is the most beautiful park in Graz, it is in between the old town and the university quarter "Geidorf". As I used to live in it`s vicinity when I was studying in Graz, I spent a lot of time there. There is a traditional café called "Café Promenade". In spring and summer you can sit outside in their garden and watch the baby ducklings doing their first swimming exercises in the nearby pond. Of course like in most parks you`ll find a lot of squirrels that want to be fed :).
The fountain in the Stadtpark was France`s contribution to the world exhibition in Vienna in the 19th century, the city of Graz bought the fountain after the exhibition. Right behind the fountain you`ll see a more modern piece of art called "Rostiger Nagel" (rusty nail). The building close to the fountain is the "Forum Stadtpark". In the 60ties it was founded (against political resistance) as some kind of a platform for young vanguard artists of all kind, but mainly writers- for example well-known Peter Handke.
The grounds around the park have been turned into a park, with the new Planetenpark built in 2002. It explains the Solar system through numerous parks, different decorations & written explanations. It really looks like an architectural work instead of just plants. I've heard it was influenced by the visions of the world around us & the people who started the whole thing - Johannes Kepler, Giordano Bruno, Nikola Kopernik aso.
Take some time to stroll around the place, feed peacocks & rest your feet.
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Where my daughter will learn to walk. Small, but packed with well-chosen trees and monuments. Know it well now from all those afternoons pushing the Kinderwagen around.
Speaking of peacocks...
The park's FILLED with peacocks, ducks, pigeons & birds of all kinds. They can be quite pushy though... :) One of them followed me for a long while! :)
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