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As Austria’s second-largest city, Graz boasts a UNESCO-listed historical centre and a thriving university culture that attracts approximately 60,000 students per year. Visitors are drawn to Graz’s illustrious history but stay for a food culture that rivals anywhere in Vienna.

Roughly translating to ‘small castle’, Graz has origins dating back to the Copper Age. During Babenburg Rule in the 12th century, the city grew to become the Styrian state capital and seat of the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1585, the city’s university was founded and ever since, Graz has been a centre of education, attracting history's greatest minds like Erwin Schrödinger and Nicola Tesla.

There’re many cultural and historical landmarks worth seeing during your time in Graz, with the picturesque Old Town and restaurants of Schlossberg being some of its best. Alternatively, head to the Styrian Armory to see 32,000 exhibits detailing the city’s military past or visit the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Glockenspiel Clock Tower in the city’s main square. Here, you’ll be able to see a large-scale clock performance featuring wooden alpine maidens and chimes.

Awarded the title of ‘City of Culinary Delights’ because of its thriving food scene, Graz delivers contemporary Austrian dishes in abundance. The Schlossberg and Freiblick Cafe serve traditional caesar salads and pumpernickel tarts in a setting with rooftop views, while the 19th-century Kaiser-Josef-Platz Market offers iconic Styrian specialities like cooking apples and aromatic oils. The city's popular handmade chocolates also make for great souvenirs.


From per night

This weekend

From £181 per night

Next weekend

From £166 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.43
Language German
Average weekend price £83 per night
Average weekday price £87 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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We only used Graz as a stop over on our way to Vienna.

16 July 2024

We only used Graz as a stop over on our way to Vienna. But what a lovely little city, people are friendly and it is easy to use buses and tram. The trip to the castle and the view were a bonus. There are castles to see in the neighbourhood and other sites as well as museums and lots of history, we wish we could have stayed a little longer. The food is also very good and so many tucked away places.

Catherine Australia

We didn't like the look of the "spaceship...

22 May 2024

We didn't like the look of the "spaceship "Museum, it was out of place with the Baroque architecture of the old town. Loved the old town. We were disappointed to find most restaurants closed the kitchen at 5 pm. As we were in mid-May we felt more should have been open. A couple of days is enough to cover most sights. It was great to see no Islamic minettes spoiling the old town cityscape,

JAMES United Kingdom

Great city with great culture.

1 May 2024

Great city with great culture. Many things to see. Lot of possibilities for the great meals, drinks. Austrian people extremely pleased, speaking english, always smile. Will be back as soon as possible.

Veljko Croatia

Tram system made it easy to get to sights.

13 April 2024

Tram system made it easy to get to sights. Didn't realize how many historical sites to see/visit. Tourist info center staff very helpful. Walking tour (1.5 hrs) of central area was a highlight.

RHRH United States

We spent most of our time walking around the city.

9 April 2024

We spent most of our time walking around the city. There are lovely buildings with intricate architecture in places. I would definitely recommend a walk in the Stadtpark. I recommend the climb up to Schlossberg, the view is lovely! We had a wonderful meal at Restaurant Sclossberg, apart from the food , the view is spectacular. Another place with even better food is Ginko, where I had the best food in a very long time. It serves vegan and vegetarian food, but I would imagine that everybody will like the delicious food on offer.

Anne Finland

Graz is nice, probably a day is enough in the off-season but...

5 March 2024

Graz is nice, probably a day is enough in the off-season but I expect you'd need 2 days when it's summer time and busier because of queues etc. Buy a 24 or 48 hour pass for Museums is worth the expense.

Simon Slovakia

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