Graz guide 

Sights and monuments - In this article, you will find out which famous monuments you can admire in Graz - for example Eggenberg Castle, the Clock Tower or the modern Kunsthouse.

Accommodation - In this article you will find recommendations for different types of accommodation in Graz, from luxury accommodation in the city center to a cheap hostel near the train station. You will learn about both traditional boarding houses and very modern accommodation.

Food and drink - What is the most common thing to eat and drink in Graz? Which herbal lemonade comes from here and which famous delicacy can you buy in the local markets?

Practical advice - Here you will get several tips for public transport, including the cable car, or for trips around the city.

Celebrities – Which well-known conductors, writers or even monarchs come from Graz.

Weather - When is the best time to visit the city? When does it rain the most and what about the temperatures?

AI poem - What did artificial intelligence think about Graz?

Graz, the second largest city in Austria, is located in the central part of the country, in the federal state of Styria, on the river Mur.

The city has a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages. Its historical core can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the other hand, Graz will also impress you with its very modern architecture thanks to the "Graz - European Capital of Culture in 2003" project.

The town is dominated by Schloss Eggenberg, one of the most important Baroque castles in Austria.

Schloss Eggenberg
Schloss Eggenberg

The city is home to four universities, which contributes to its youthful atmosphere and cultural life.

In Graz, they organize many cultural events and festivals during the year, for example the Graz Film Festival, La Strada Graz Kulturfest or Jazz Sommer.

The city offers a rich selection of restaurants, cafes and markets where you can taste traditional Austrian food and specialties.

The picturesque surroundings of Graz offer varied options for hiking and cycling, especially along the river Mur.

Tourists looking for history, culture and a pleasant environment head to Graz. If you are one of them, read on.

Landmarks and monuments

Eggenberg Castle – a well-known baroque castle built in the 17th century. In 2010, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here you can see beautifully decorated rooms and extensive gardens.

Graz Schlossberg (Schloßberg) - a historical complex with a rich history, built on a rock next to the river Mur. They entered it into the Guinness Book of Records as the hardest fortress to conquer. Today, the Clock Tower (Uhrturm) dominates here.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

St. Giles Cathedral (Grazer Dom) - Gothic cathedral built in the 15th century. The bishop of the Styrian diocese resides here. The not-so-pretentious exterior contrasts with richly decorated interiors. Next to the cathedral you will find the interesting building Mausoleum, where Emperor Ferdinand II rests.

Landhaus – an elegant historical building built in the Renaissance style. Serving as the seat of the Styrian Parliament. It has a magnificent three-story arcaded courtyard. Free entry.

Opernhaus Graz - a beautiful theater built in the Italian Renaissance style, which hosts opera and theater performances.

Kunsthaus Graz - the Kunsthaus Graz building impresses with its unconventional architecture. It was built as part of the "European Capital of Culture 2003" project by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. Here you can admire various forms of contemporary art, including exhibitions, performances, and other cultural events.

Kunsthouse Graz
Kunsthouse Graz

Murinsel - an artificial island in the river Mur. This unique structure was built, also as part of the "Graz - European Capital of Culture in 2003" project, by architect Vito Acconci. The shape of the island resembles a shell. Murinsel serves as a public space for cultural and social events - concerts, theater performances and other events take place here.


In Graz, you can choose from more than 400 different accommodation facilities. Here you will find luxurious 5* hotels, classic 3 and 4* hotels, guest houses, apartments and cheap hostels.

The interesting 4* boutique hotel Aiola Living Graz is located right in the city center, 150 m from the city hall. You can choose whether you want to stay in a room or in an apartment with a terrace.

Beautifull city hall in the city centre
Beautifull city hall in the city centre

If you like modern architecture, you will definitely be interested in the aparthotel ARGOS Graz Serviced Apartments, kontaktlos mit Self Check-in. Spacious apartments with a fully equipped kitchen can be found in the city center, about 100 meters from the local opera house.

If you are looking for accommodation in a quiet part of town, check out the traditional Styrian 3* Hotel Stoffbauer. It is located 3 km from the city center and offers free private parking, a garden with a children's playground and a terrace. You can refresh yourself in the restaurant offering local specialties and beers.

If you're visiting Graz in the summer, you might like accommodation with a pool, such as Pension Scherwirt. This guest house is located about 6 km from the historic center of the city. You can park here for free in the private parking lot and relax in the garden or on the terrace.

Hostel a&o Graz Hauptbahnhof, which is next to the main train station, offers cheap accommodation for backpackers as well as for families with children. In addition to accommodation in a shared multi-bed room, it also offers guests family rooms with a private bathroom. You can reach the center on foot in 20 minutes.

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Food and drink

Pumpkin oil – probably the best-known vegetable oil in Graz. When you come to the market, everywhere they sell local high quality pumpkin oil. It is made by hand from ripe roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin oil from Graz (AI)
Pumpkin oil from Graz (AI)

Backhendl – portioned, seasoned, coated and crispy fried chicken. It is served with a slice of lemon and usually with a cabbage salad.

Käferbohnensalat - red bean salad topped with pumpkin sauce.

You can also find traditional Austrian dishes such as tafelspitz, schnitzel or apple strudel.

Austrian wine - Austria produces quality wine, and Graz is no exception. You can taste various local wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner and others.

Almdudler - a popular local soft drink. Almdudler contains an extract of 32 herbs, spring water, beet sugar and citric acid, no artificial additives.

Radler - a refreshing drink combining beer and lemonade, popular especially in the summer months.

Punch - on the other hand, in winter, hot punch with various flavors such as fruit, spices or rum is drunk a lot in Austria. Its different variants can be with or without alcohol.

Practical advice

You can walk around the whole city. Walk through the narrow streets in the historic center and admire the local architecture. If you want to rest, you can use the local trams or buses. You can take the cable car up to the castle hill with a slope of 60%. The height difference here is 109 meters.

Cableway to the castle hill
Cableway to the castle hill

Learn more about the city's main sights, such as the Schlossberg overlooking the city or the Kunsthaus Graz.

Check the current cultural program and events taking place in local galleries, theaters and museums. The city has a rich cultural scene, and you may be lucky enough to catch interesting exhibitions or performances.

Try traditional Austrian dishes and local specialties. You can consult with locals about popular restaurants and dishes.

If you have time, consider trips to the area. For example, the wine trails in the south of Austria or the nature parks in the vicinity are worth exploring.

Depending on the season, pack appropriate clothing. Graz is located in a mountainous region, so the weather can be changeable.


Archduke Ferdinand II of Inner Austria (Ferdinand II. Styria) (1578 – 1637) - Archduke of Austria, Margrave of Styria and ruler of Styria, who had a significant influence on the development of Graz in the 16th century. As a patron of art and science, he contributed to the development of the city.

Ernst Habsburg-Lothringen (Ernst Habsburg-Lothringen) (1824 – 1899) – Archduke of Austria, head of the Austrian Imperial House of Habsburg-Lorraine and long-time president of the Austrian Red Cross. He was born in Graz.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947) - famous actor and bodybuilder, former governor of California. He was born in Thal near Graz.

Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) - famous inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla studied at the Technical University of Graz early in his career.

Herbert von Karajan (1908 – 1989) - famous Austrian conductor who was born in Salzburg but spent part of his youth in Graz. Karajan is considered one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

Herbert von Karajan conducts the orchestra (AI)
Herbert von Karajan conducts the orchestra (AI)

Karl Böhm (1894 – 1981) – another important conductor of the 20th century. He was born in Graz, where he also began his musical studies at the conservatory.

Christine Nöstlinger (1936 – 2018) - Austrian writer and winner of many literary awards. She was born in Graz and became known mainly for her children's books.

Elfriede Jelinek (1946) - Austrian writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. She was born in Mürzzuschlag, not far from Graz.


Graz has a Central European continental climate with mild winters and warm summers. The climate is influenced by the inland geographical location and proximity to the Alps.

During the mild winters, temperatures often drop below freezing and it also often snows here. January temperatures average around 0°C to -5°C.

In spring, it gets warmer and there is more rain.

In summer, temperatures rise to 25-30 °C. It doesn't rain as much as in spring, but sometimes you can be surprised by a summer storm.

In autumn, it gets colder again and the drizzle increases.

Graz can occasionally be affected by winds from the Alps or from the south, but the winds are usually not very intense.

A poem about Graz invented by artificial intelligence

In the shadow of the Schlossberg, where history dances,
Graz blooms, charms full of many, uncertain chains.

The Kunsthaus bows with modern charm,
in whose heart art dances in all its forms.

The Styrian castle stands firm, proud and faithful,
the towers look out over the city, where time passes peacefully.

The roaring river Mur winds along its banks,
and bridges connect hearts where love and joy rest in silence.

Thoughts and views wander in the gardens,
in Graz, past and present collide, both in the shadows and in the light.

Graz, the beautiful pearl in Austria's crown jewel,
your charm and grace beat in the heart of my song.

Romantic stairs to the top of Castle Hill
Romantic stairs to the top of Castle Hill