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20 Unmissable Attractions in Graz

20 Unmissable Attractions in Graz

Picture of Kate Jackson
Updated: 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

The stairs of reconciliation

This double spiral staircase is a rare phenomenon, and one of few in the world, is slightly baffling to behold.

Grazer Burg, Hofgasse 15, 8010 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

Graz Botanic Gardens

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

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A rose in the garden |© Pixabay

Graz Botanical Gardens, Schubertstraße 59, 8010 Graz

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

Austrian Sculpture Park, Thalerhofstraße 85, 8141 Premstätten

Der Steirer

This is an artfully designed restaurant with roots dating back to 1910. The menu focuses on traditional Styrian cuisine.

Der Steirer, Belgiergasse 1, 8020 Graz

Aiola

Catch some of the finest views of the city from the veranda of this stylish restaurant.

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The lovely view from the restaurant’s veranda |© Pixabay

Aiola Upstairs, Schloßberg 2, 8010 Graz

Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax

This is Graz’s oldest functioning bakery. In imperial times, the Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax supplied the Hofburg family with their bread.

Hofbäckerei Edegger-Tax, Hofgasse 6, 8010 Graz

Blendend

This is a homely and friendly bar serving delicious brunches and a wide range of cocktails.

Blended, Mariahilferstraße 24, 8020 Graz

Buna

Buna is one of the best venues in the city in which to get your caffeine fix. They are passionate about their craft, serving delicious coffee made with beans roasted in Graz.

May your coffee kick in before reality does. ☕️✨ #coffeeshop #bunagraz

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Buna, Schmiedgasse 11, 8010 Graz

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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Park House, Stadtpark 2, 8010 Graz

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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Calyend Restaurant, Stigergasse 1, 8020 Graz

Opern Cafe

A traditional café where you can try all the famed Austrian pastries and cakes from Sachertorte to Apple Strudel.

Delicious Apple Strudel |© Pixabay

Opern Cafe, Opernring 22, 8010 Graz

Farmer’s market

Mix with the locals at this charming market, where you will find an incredible range of locally produced fruit and vegetables.

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Graz Farmer’s Market |© Pixabay

Glacisstraße 71, 8010 Graz

Opernhaus

This Neo-Baroque-style opera house witnessed many early performances of Mozart’s music. Check their program for upcoming events here.

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Graz’s opera house |© Pixabay

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

Kunsthaus Cafe

Located in “the rumbling belly of the alien,” this trendy café is the perfect place to grab a coffee after a day’s sightseeing.

The bulbous exterior of the Kunsthaus |© Österreich Werbung

Kunsthaus, Lendkai 1, 8020 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

Stockwerk Jazz

Austria isn’t purely for classical music buffs. This Jazz club puts on a fantastic program, featuring local and international artists.

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Jazz players |© Pixabay

Stockwerk Cafe, Jakominipl. 18, 8010 Graz