Six reasons to visit Graz, Austria | Private jet charter
Austria’s second largest city Graz, located in the south east, is the capital of the province of Styria, and is divided by the River Mur. Dominated by the forested Schlossberg mountain, Graz has much to offer visitors, with its fascinating mix of old and new, a charming old town, a vibrant cultural life, world-class museums and renowned restaurant and café scene.
Built according to astronomical symbolism, Schloss Eggenberg is a fine example of Baroque architecture that lies in the west of Graz Old Town and features exactly 365 windows with 31 rooms on each floor. Even the paintings in the Planet Hall feature the Gregorian calendar theme. To preserve the authentic nature of the castle and protect the priceless interiors, the state rooms have no heating or electricity and are lit only by chandeliers and candles. Take a stroll around the peacock-populated gardens after your tour and imagine these 17th-century gardens in their prime. Open until October 31.
Graz Old Town
Declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO, Graz Old Town is a smorgasbord of medieval and Italian Renaissance architecture. Wander along the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways and admire the palazzi and public halls. Stop for coffee and cake in one of the many museums, cafes and restaurants in this charming living museum district that dates back to the 11th century.
Make your way up the Schlossberg (Castle Mountain) and enjoy panoramic views across the Old Town of Graz and beyond. The battlements are no longer but you can visit the 13th-centry clock tower – an iconic Graz landmark. Savour some local wine at one of the restaurant terraces and plan your visit to one of Graz’s wineries.
Three Graz restaurants to visit
For traditional Austrian food and international influences, make a reservation at Gasthaus Stainzerbauer on Bürgergasse. Head Chef Werner Wiener creates fine seasonal menus that use the best local provenance. While you’re admiring the view from Schlossberg mountain, stop for brunch or lunch at Aiola Upstairs. This intriguingly designed restaurant has glass windows that can be lowered into the ground for a fabulous al fresco dining experience. The same owners run the esteemed LandhausKeller – classic dishes set against a Baroque Renaissance backdrop.
Graz wine region
Styria is well known for its elegant fruity wines which are grown in three distinct regions. Schilcher Rosé is queen in the west of the region with its spicy flavour, while Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller varieties reign supreme in the Sausal region. The volcanic activity in south-east Vulkanland produces the elegant Traminer.
For some of the best views of Graz, head to Kunsthaus Graz, located on the right bank of the River Mur. Created from the former cast-iron Eisernes Hause, architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier have transformed the building – and the area – with this futuristic art exhibition space that has regenerated the once-rundown neighbourhood.
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