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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 £53 per night

This weekend

From £109 per night

Next weekend

From £120 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.60
Language German
Average weekend price £82 per night
Average weekday price £83 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Loved it!

17 May 2023

Loved it! I wouldn't go to the KunstGallery ( large modern building that looks like an alien slug) again, but the Cafe there was brilliant, even with gluten free cake and bread. I probably wouldn't go to the Botanical Garden again, but everything else was fab. Be aware of all the cycles and trams! A really safe, relaxed feel to the City.

Heather Austria

It was good for me that I could walk up to the Graz Clock...

16 May 2023

It was good for me that I could walk up to the Graz Clock Tower and had a good sighting then took a beer and sit there for a while, a relax movement in the Sunday morning. Quiet choices of food and I enjoyed it. The hotel is also a walk distance to down town very convinent, even I got a weekly ticket but most of the time I took a walk to downtown.


Hate the fact that everyone smokes in Graz.

13 May 2023

Hate the fact that everyone smokes in Graz. Apart from that enjoyed my stay. Plenty to see and fairly easy to get around. I usually ate at Subway. Next time I think I would check if their is a lift at my accommodation site or not carry as heavy suitcase that I did. City tourist tax seems to be an add on which wasn't overly impressed about. Surely Booking.Com can include this as one in the price of accommodation?

Lynda Australia

Graz is a beautiful historical town, but don't expect to...

1 May 2023

Graz is a beautiful historical town, but don't expect to do any shopping on the weekends, because all the shops close on Saturday 8 pm and stay closed till Monday. :) That also means shops where you could buy water, so you have to make do with the expensive water at kiosks and such. It is a very nice city to explore on foot, people mostly speak very good English and are very nice to tourists of which there are many, many.

Irena Slovenia

Graz is a beautiful vibrant city.

8 April 2023

Graz is a beautiful vibrant city. Very easy to get around on the tram system bikes and walking!! Loads to see and do. Fabulous cafes and restaurants everywhere you would never be short of somewhere to eat!! The markets are amazing especially at Easter. Transport is cheap but it's so so easy to walk around it.


Pretty town.

11 December 2022

Pretty town. Lovely around the holidays. Good food all around and nice people. It was very difficult to find somewhere to sit and drink beer without reservation, so I'd keep that in mind. Other than that, nice visit. We'll come back.

Ana K.
Ana K. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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