First Time in Graz

We’ve been to Austria many times, but for some unknown reason we’ve never visited Graz. With it’s population of 280000, Graz is second largest city in Austria. I must warn you upfront that this post will contain way more photos than usual because the places worth taking pictures are literally everywhere you look. The charm of Graz lies in the harmonious blend of Old and New.
Rathaus (City Hall) dominates the main square and it has been a popular meeting spot for a long time. It was once full of markets and also a place for public punishment.

One of the best examples of this mixture is Kunsthaus, or “friendly alien” how locals call it because it looks like it dropped from out of space. It is a modern art museum which stands out with it’s shape. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5 pm, entrance costs 9 €.

In order to come to the Schloßberg (Castle Hill) you have to cross the Mur river. The most fun way to do so is over Murinsel. It is an unusual landmark that sits on the water in form of a floating shell. It is linked with footbridges on the banks on either side of the river.

Schloßberg is a 400m high hill in the heart of Graz. There are a few ways to go up there: by funicular for 2,20 €, by elevator for 1,50 € and of course stairs for free. As always we decided to walk up the 260 stairs.
Once you climbed all those stairs you get rewarded by an amazing view. This unique view across the city’s rooftops makes it easy to understand why the old city of Graz has been designated as a world heritage sight.
 There is also another symbol of Graz, Uhrturm (Clock Tower).
Fun fact: the clock’s hands are reversed compared to regular clocks, meaning the long hand stands for hours and the short hand for minutes.


The mausoleum of Ferdinand II was build between 1614 and 1633 and is another must visit spot in Graz. It is open daily from 10.30 – 12.30 and from 13.30 – 16.00, entrance costs 4 €. Next to it is the gothic cathedral. Emperor Friedrich III had it built in 1438 as both a church for the city’s inhabitants and also for the royals. Cathedral is open daily and the entrance is free. If you are lucky (like we were),  you might drop by during a concert to hear the magnificent organ being played.


One of the famous landmarks of Graz that we unfortunately didn’t get to see this time are the double stairs. But this is just one more reason to come back to this beautiful city.

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20 thoughts on “First Time in Graz

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, Graz is definitely worth a visit. We are planning on going there again soon, because a weekend is not enough to explore the city properly.

  1. Wow, this looks like a place that I would completely love. It wasn’t on my radar yet, but it is now.

  2. I literally just saw a picture yesterday on IG of the Kunsthaus and thought how strange is that! I wonder what it is and now today, you’ve introduced me to it! So awesome! Happy 2018! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  3. We have been to Austria but not to Graz. It looks beautiful just like the other parts of the country. And the view from Schloßberg is lovely. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  4. I have not made it to Austria yet but hopefully soon. Will have to had Graz to my itinerary, it looks lovely. That bridge is really unique and love to take in the view from above. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  5. I have heard of the city of Graz but have yet to visit anywhere in Austria. The buildings look so noble. You can just imagine people who lived there hundreds of years ago making their way through the town on foot or by horse back. I’m glad to know more about Graz from your post, thanks. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  6. Welcome to #TheWeeklyPostcard! You’re not the first person we’ve heard say they went to Austria and skipped Graz, only to later discover how great the city is. (Birgit is proof of that!) So we’ll take a lesson from you and be sure to visit Graz when we make it to Austria! We definitely want to climb to Schloßberg – those views are breathtaking! (We’re sure the stairs are, too.) And we think the locals are right – the gallery does look like an alien landed! Thanks for sharing – can’t wait to visit ourselves!

  7. I have been to Austria several times and have not made it to Graz yet. To be honest, I am eager to know more of the country. It is so pretty! Judging by your photos, I know I will like Graz. What other nearby places can be visited? #TPThursday

  8. I liked Graz when I visited years ago and your post has reminded me that I really should return. I climbed the stairs up too but regretted it halfway up haha. Really like those photos you have of the cityscape and the river, very nice autumn feel to it all. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  9. I would love Graz because I love places that do manage to blend old and new. Loved your interesting photos – you can never post too many photos for me!

  10. What a lovely place! I went to Innsbruck last year but otherwise I haven’t explored Austria. Graz is now on my list! I would SO love to climb all those stairs and enjoy the view up top!

  11. I realised I know so little about Graz – I’ve been to Vienna and Salzburg, but somehow you rarely read anything about this city despite having so much to discover. I love the views out over the roofs as well. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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