At the end of December we decided to take a free day and visit Graz. Graz is a beautiful city rich with cultural sights, shops, a bunch of diverse people and beautiful landscapes.
Below we give you a few recommendations on what to do and what to visit if you are in Graz, and all the more stuff are shown in our video.
What to visit:
Dom–a gothic cathedral – Royal-imperial church architecture is crowning the historic city centre. The cathedral is definitely not to be missed on any sightseeing trip round Graz. Don’t be fooled by the relatively restrained exterior. The “Gottesplagenbild”, an inspiring relic of splendid Gothic fresco painting, is still in excellent condition today. Inside the cathedral, a multitude of ecclesiastical along with general historical treasures is waiting to be discovered.
Mausoleum of Franz Ferdinand II – An imperial place of rest next to the Dom. Turquoise domes stand out against the blue sky above the Mausoleum and, together with the Dom and Katharinenkirche church, define one of the city’s magnificent views. You could almost have been whisked away to the lands to the south, given how this ensemble enchants any visitor with more than just a hint of Florentine flair. Here in Graz, Emperor Ferdinand II had his court artist Giovanni Pietro de Pomis lay out the impressive tomb.
Franciscan Church – a church with a location in the very center. The church was founded by the Franciscans and held by it today. Of course you should pay attention to the beautiful church interior.
The Glockenspiel – in the eponymous square in Graz leads the way. A sweet maiden and hearty lad clad in traditional costume pirouette three times a day (11.00, 15.00 & 18.00) up in the gable of the building on Glockenspielplatz square.
The Murinsel – is an artificial floating “island” in the middle of the Mur river. This landmark of Graz was designed by New York City artist Vito Acconci on the occasion of Graz becoming the 2003 European Capital of Culture.
Schlossberg i Clock tower – is a tree-clad hill, and the site of a fortress, in the centre of the city of Graz, Austria. You can reach the hill in two ways: an elevator that goes directly through the hill and is paid about 1.30 €, the other way is a staircase of about 200t. At the top of the hill you will notice a Clock tower at which time there is a different priority. Hours are counted more than a minute, and the place below the clock is magical.
If you are a fan of shopping, go to the Kiko store, we do not have this store in Croatia, and the nearest is this one in Graz. Apart from this store, we were also impressed by the Die Künst Galerie where you can find all kinds of handicrafts, there is also store with clothes named Only.
When you gethungry if you like to try new places, visit Nordsee (fish & chips). For those who like Croatian homemade food, do not be surprised, but in Graz you can eat at the Croatian restaurant named Adria. Those who play on the safe, near the center close to Bipe are Mc Donald’s restaurant.
Finally, warm up with boiled wine or hot coffee at the Farberei cafe.
I hope you will benefit from this post, have a safe and happy trip. 🙂