10 Things to Do in Graz That You Shouldn't Miss

July 28, 2017 Ying Subia

A bevy of universities give Austria's second-largest city its lively pace. Baroque palaces are a pleasant contrast with 16th-century courtyards and provocative modern buildings. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teems with fine architecture, including the Burg castle complex, with its Gothic double staircase, and the graceful Uhrturm clock tower. A funicular takes visitors up the dramatic bluff. The River Mur dashes through the city, and thermal springs dot the surrounding countryside.
Restaurants in Graz

1. Grazer Schlossberg

Graz, Austria 433168873391
Excellent
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4.5 based on 610 reviews

Grazer Schlossberg

Reviewed By Anne Margaux A - Manila, Philippines

From the iconic photos of Graz, this point in the city should definitely be in your to-visit list of any person who would be going to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are various options for all kinds of visitors- if you’re feeling a tad adventurous and up for the stairs leading up to the clock tower, by all means, you can ascend via the stairs. But if you are lacking in time and would like to conserve your energy, you can take the lift for a minimum charge of €1.50.
Up the hill, there are walkways, park benches, Gardens, restaurants and various points at which you could soak in the city skyline. This is a really nice place to spend the morning or end a day.

2. Altstadt von Graz

Altstadt Von Graz, Graz 8047, Austria 4331680750
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Altstadt von Graz

Reviewed By Madshus - Canberra, Australia

The old city of Graz is really lovely. Wander along the streets, look at the buildings, watch the trams, people watch, enjoy the fact that this is a living old city - not one just for show or just for tourists.

3. Uhrturm

Schlossberg, Graz 8010, Austria +4231680750
Excellent
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4.5 based on 952 reviews

Uhrturm

Reviewed By Shukile

It’s a must. Can’t be in Graz and not be there. And walk up it’s worth the hike There is a lovely restaurant up there and great view.

4. Basilika Mariatrost

Kirchplatz 9, Graz 8044, Austria +43 316 391145
Excellent
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Basilika Mariatrost

Reviewed By izi f - Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Basilika is quite far from the Graz city center but worth a trip. We could take a tram but it was more comfortable going by car. Nice trip to the outskirts, with great views and impressive church!

Herrengasse 16 | 8010 Graz, Graz 8010, Austria +43 316 80179810
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

Landeszeughaus

Among the 21 departments and institutions of the Joanneum Universal Museum, founded as the Joanneum in 1811, the Armoury is in a class of its own. Attracting around 55,000 visitors annually, it is the Joanneum's most-visited institution without an Exhibitions role. Moreover, as the largest historic armoury in the world, it is a living memorial to a chequered, conflict-ridden past, whose bogeymen and prejudices are still with us.

Reviewed By VoixDuChocolat - Walla Walla, Washington

Sometimes called The Styrian Armoury, this is an unrivaled collection of historical armour. Four floors packed with cannons and cannonballs, pole weapons, ancient rifles that must have been a nightmare to fire and maintain, old pistols, and more. So crowded is this armoury that there are literally helmets and powder horns mounted on the ceilings. Some of the armour and weapons are etched or otherwise decorated, a sign that they belonged to the wealthy or nobility, but the majority are unadorned. This “defense warehouse”, for lack of a better term, now houses weapons and armour constructed between the 15th and 18th centuries, and how lucky we are that it has been preserved for so long. There are two downsides. One is inconsistency between employees in what is allowed in the museum and what must be checked. The second is more serious: a complete lack of information on the weapons and armour you'll see. I can understand not wanting to affix signs to an old historical building, and the laws on that may be strict in Austria. But there are small alcoves on every floor not being used. Put up a stand of some sort, and have some descriptions on it just so visitors know what they're seeing; if you want to make history live for people, you're going to have to provide some explanations. Even at that, this armoury is worth a special trip to see.

6. Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90, Graz 8020, Austria +43 316 80179532
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4.5 based on 546 reviews

Schloss Eggenberg

The unique architecture of Schloss Eggenberg, the most important great house in Styria, is a complex symbolic representation of the universe. At the same time, with its impressive combination of Baroque interiors (magnificent state rooms), magical Gardens and park, and priceless collections of the Universalmuseum Joanneum (Alte Galerie with its old masters paintings, Archaeology Museum and Coin Cabinet), Eggenberg contains a fascinatingly varied Panorama of Styrian culture over the centuries.UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Reviewed By platinumSingapore - Singapore

this picture was taken from helicopter. it's just a huge building with garden but nothing much inside

7. Kastner & Ohler, Paradeishof

Sackstrasse 7/13, Graz 8010, Austria +43 316 8700
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Kastner & Ohler, Paradeishof

Reviewed By StockholmKindaGuy - Atlanta

Kastner & Ohle or K&O is a beautiful department store located in the Old Town. And It's exactly what you expect a top notch department store to look like with the goods to match. Walking around the various department stores, I was impressed with the merchandise on display, especially in the Men's and Home Goods departments. The atrium was quite impressive, as was the roof top cafe/bar with nice views.
If you need a shopping fix in Graz, this is the place to go.

8. Sporgasse

Steiermark | angolo Hauptplatz, Graz 8010, Austria 433168017
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Sporgasse

An alley with several shops and a former area known for Breweries

Reviewed By 958981 - Istanbul, Turkey

it is a narrow ..hill..climbing street with patisseries.. shops and palace Saurau..old houses..its amazing that you couldn't understand altitute..

9. Rathaus

Hauptplatz, Graz 8010, Austria +43 316 8720
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4.5 based on 117 reviews

Rathaus

Reviewed By StockholmKindaGuy - Atlanta

This pretty town hall, especially in the evening light, is located in a lively area of Graz's Old Town, the Hauptplatz (main square). Like many European town halls, this one is quite decorative, although not as much as some I've seen. There was a small outdoor market in front of the building at the time I was there, along with a number of food stalls.

10. Landhaushof

Herrengasse 16, Graz 8010, Austria
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

Landhaushof

An example Renaissance architecture and site of theatrical Performances.

Reviewed By ronn52 - Broadstairs, United Kingdom

This is I believe a unique museum. It is the towns arsenal and as such contains multiples of weaponry and armour, not just one instance. As such there is little accompanying literature but I would recommend the audio guide since it does give some overview. Looked at in its correct context, i.e. the Turkish army reaching the walls of Graz, this is a good p;lace to visit.

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