19 Apr, 2009

Visiting the Marvellous City of Graz, Austria


Graz is the second largest city of Austria after the capital city of Vienna with almost 285.000 residents. The city is located at the banks of river Mur, close to the south borders with Slovenia. In fact, Maribor in Slovenia is just 50km away. It is almost 200km away from Vienna where visitors can go using a train or car.

The name of the city comes from the Slovenian world gradec which means ‘small castle’. Due to its strategic position the city was often attacked by other countries and armies; the Romans first and later the Ottoman Turks.

Graz is considered to be a student city, as it houses six universities, which are considered to be among the best in Europe. It features more than 45.000 students every year. Two of these Colleges are specifically dedicated to applied sciences, while the city itself has associated its name with several scientists and other important personalities of the Arts.

Graz is also one of the most beautiful European Cities; its Old Town is a Uniesco world Heritage Town since 1999, as it is one of the best preserved towns in Europe, maintain its diverse and impressive architectural styles. It is a patchwork of cultures and influences, connecting the central European cities with the Balkan Peninsula.

It features plenty of tourist attractions and marvellous buildings; the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, the Cathedral of Graz, the Eggenberg Castle , the Landeszeughaus featuring more than 20000 exhibits of armory from the ancient to medieval years and the Rathaus – City Hall are among the absolute must-sees in Graz. The Schloßberg hill is considered to be among the most beautiful natural parks in Europe and offers an amazing view to the city and an ideal location for leisurely strolls amidst lush greenery. During Summer, open air concerts and festivals take place all over the city.

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