Clocktower in Graz Austria

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Julius Silver


    The Styrian capital Graz, with roots dating back to the Roman age, lies on either side of River Mur. Graz is well-known for its striking buildings and architecture.

    Come for the Food, Stay for the Atmosphere

    As a foodie, you’ll feel right at home in Graz: You’ll find local cuisine using regional and seasonal products at every corner. Events like the week-long Graz Food Festival in August and regular farmers’ markets are integral parts of the city, as are exciting restaurants serving up ever new scrumptious creations.

    And then, there’s the amazing city to enjoy these culinary treats in. Sitting in an outdoor space in the old city, listening to a nearby street musician, and sipping your second coffee in the sun, you’ll notice one thing about Graz: There’s no big city rush here. Instead, a relaxed way of life permeates everything here – a way of life that stays with you.

    Schlossberg Hill: See It All from Above

    A must-do for every first-time visitor to Graz is climbing Schlossberg hill and seeing the city’s famous clocktower up close (and the city from above). If you don’t feel up to climbing the 260 stairs, simply take the lift (located inside the actual hill) or the Schlossbergbahn funicular.

    Old Town & Franciscan Monastery: A Moment of Quiet

    Take a stroll through the cobble-stoned alleys and splendid squares of Graz’s historic city centre, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. You can also take a guided tour, offered daily in German and English.

    Right in the middle of the inner-city bustle, you’ll find a place of extraordinary tranquillity: the Franciscan Monastery with its beautiful arches and quiet, green courtyards. How about just sitting here for a moment and taking a breather?

    Clock tower

    Clock tower

    Graz Tourism / Markus Spenger

    Farmer’s Markets: Have a Taste

    Fresh local fruit and veg are a given at Graz’ many farmers’ markets, such as the Kaiser Josef Market in the city centre. But there’s also cured meat, crispy dark bread, golden honey, home-made juices, fruity jams, and enticing cakes. The best part: If you ask nicely, you’re likely to get a little taste of anything you like.

    Unusual Restaurants & Shops: Regional Cheese and Home-Made Vegan Ice Cream

    Graz’ streets and alleys are lined with small, independent boutiques, bars, and restaurants. At ‘s Fachl, local craftspeople and farmers can hire boxes to sell their goods, which makes for a huge choice of souvenirs. For dessert, order a selection of cakes at Frankowitsch or try vegan ice cream in flavours like pear & parsley or orange & basil at Die Eisperle.

    Pumpkin seed oil

    Pumpkin seed oil

    Graz Tourism / Werner Krug

    Why Visit Graz?

    • Mediterranean, laid-back atmosphere
    • Austria’s Capital of Culinary Delights: Famers’ markets and diverse restaurants using local produce
    • Mix of beautiful Baroque architecture & modern design
    • Lively creative scene: inspiring showrooms, small shops selling accessories, fashion, ceramics and jewellery, trendy hotels

    Getting There

    You can fly to Graz from most major UK airports with one stopover, either in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart or Vienna. Flight time is approximately 3.5 to 4.5 hours.

    There are direct train and coach connections from cities such as Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.