๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Murinsel

Murinsel, Graz

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The River Mur divides the city of Graz in two, in the middle of the river, Graz has added a very special landmark since 2003: the Murinsel. This extraordinary artificial floating island is a symbolic connection between Graz’s old and new city centre. It looks very much like a giant half-open shell and was designed by New York artist Vito Acconci.

You can reach the impressive steel structure via a footbridge. Besides being a symbolic link between the old and ‘new’ city, this is a nice place to have a drink under the imposing glass dome with views of the Mur on both sides. The Murinsel is a nice link between the Schlossberg and the modern Kunsthaus.

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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Old Town

Old Town, Graz

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One of the best things to do in Graz is to walk around the Old Town. Graz has the largest remaining medieval city centre in Europe, is compact and you can actually reach all the top sights within walking distance. Graz is incredibly beautiful and atmospheric; the city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for a reason.

Stroll through the winding streets, dive into the cosy alleys and take a seat on a terrace at one of the pretty courtyards. From the terrace, enjoy the view of the baroque facades with orange-red roof tiles and colourful flower boxes. Visit Graz Cathedral (where, among other things, you can find an extraordinary 15th-century fresco inside), the Mausoleum (with the tomb of Emperor Franz Ferdinand II) and the Franziskanerkloster (an oasis of tranquillity – note: closed at weekends).

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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Kunsthaus

Kunsthaus, Graz

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Graz was the European Capital of Culture in 2003, and a futuristic art museum was opened in its honour: the Kunsthaus. The spectacular architecture of the Kunsthaus will certainly not escape you. The building is made entirely of glass and behind each glass panel is a lamp that allows texts to be projected. The architect nicknamed the structure ‘Friendly Alien’. Some say the Kunsthaus looks like a cow’s udders while others see a bubble in it. The building is truly unique and I think one of the most photographed buildings in Graz.

The art museum itself houses both permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. The museum is not too big, allowing you to shuffle from exhibition to exhibition at your leisure. At the museum, you can also visit the museum cafรฉ for a nice lunch inside or on the terrace.

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๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Schlossberg

Schlossberg, Graz

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Schlossberg is one of the most famous sights in Graz’s Altstadt. The 123-metre-high Schlossberg is a spur of the Dolomite Mountains and is located north of the city’s compact centre. Its location on the banks of the River Mur ensured that the former castle on Schlossberg had a protective function in the past. The castle protected residents from enemy attacks by Turkish armies. Unfortunately, Napoleon’s troops managed to capture Schlosseberg. Fortunately, instead of fighting, they negotiated and were successful!

Today, the hill is best known for its iconic clock tower (Uhrturm) and is one of the most important sights in Graz with the best views of the city.

There are several ways to reach the top: by glass lift, a steep cable car or via several paths with stairs (660 steps in total). Once at the top, the hike is well worth it! Indeed, at the top sits a cafรฉ with a huge terrace from where you have great views over the city Graz. Weather permitting, you can sit there with a nice beer or local drink and enjoy the extraordinary view.

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