20 Unmissable Attractions in Graz

Clock tower in Graz, Austria
Clock tower in Graz, Austria | © 955169 / Pixabay
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14 November 2017

Charming and picturesque, the lesser-known Austrian city of Graz has a lot to be proud of. Here is our pick of the top destinations.

Kunsthaus

Nicknamed “the friendly alien” by locals due to its exceedingly unusual external appearance, this structure is not just an architectural masterpiece, but Graz’s finest modern art gallery.

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Inside the “friendly alien” |© Austrian Tourist Board

Kunsthaus, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

Murinsel

Designed by American artist Vito Acconci during celebrations of the city being named European Capital of Culture in 2003, this peculiar landmark, known by locals as the Murinsel (“Mur island”), is not, in fact, an island, but a floating platform in the center of the river.

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The platform in the River Mur |© Pixabay

Graz Murinsel, Lendkai 19, 8020 Graz

Schlossberg

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic gem is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, boasting impressive grounds, magnificently designed staterooms, and a wealth of history to uncover.

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The facade of the palace |© Pixabay

Schlossberg, Am Schlossberg 1, 8010 Graz

Graz Botanic Gardens

This unusual greenhouse contains an extraordinary wealth of plants, with varieties from all over the world.

A rose in the garden | © Pixabay

Sculpture park

Wandering through these gardens, located just outside Graz, you will find twisted metal and surrealist shapes of lurid color emerging from the ordinary landscape. Marrying nature and art harmoniously, the Austrian Sculpture Park makes for a wonderfully dreamlike day out, and will introduce you to the work of some of Austria’s most prominent modern artists, including Fritz Wotruba and Franz West, Erwin Wurm, Heimo Zobernig, and Michael Kienze.

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Interactive sculpture park |© Österreich Werbung, Photographer: kriskulakova | © Österreich Werbung

Austrian Sculpture Park, Thalerhofstraße 85, 8141 Premstätten

Parkhouse

The Parkhouse offers a monthly music program, with live concerts in the summer months and DJ sets in the restaurant during the winter.

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Caylend Restaurant

This gourmet venue has an exquisite menu, featuring both Austrian and international specialties.

Also the main course (Jamaican lamb curry ) was delicious

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The Neue Galerie

Opened in 2011, this modern art gallery has gone on to become a powerhouse in Graz’s cultural scene, with an impressive collection featuring work from renowned contemporary artists.

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An exhibition at the New Gallery |© Neue Gallery Graz

Joanneumsviertel Zugang, Kalchberggasse, 8010 Graz

Mangolds

Although Austrian cuisine is traditionally very meat heavy, Graz has some fantastic exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurants. This is one of the finest.

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A beautiful vegetarian dish |© Pixabay

Mangolds, Griesgasse 11, 8020 Graz

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