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    Graz – a brief overview

    Austria’s second largest city is a likeable, young-at-heart destination, marrying an eye for sharp design with a large student population. Its modern sheen, however, is backdropped by quintessential central European prettiness, with red-roofed townhouses, Renaissance courtyards and stately palaces all shaping the city’s character. Today it’s a

    lively place for dining and going out (again, thanks largely to its youthful inhabitants), but it stands too as somewhere with a proud medieval history. And as the capital of the state of Styria, it’s also well placed as a base for rural exploration – Schlossberg, the tree-covered hill that stands above the town, hints at what the region holds.

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    Graz Museum

    Sackstrasse 18
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 872 7600
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1700

    Giving a chronological account of the complex past of Styria’s capital city, the Graz Museum appeals to those with a serious interest in European history. It looks at art and culture, as well as politics and economics.

    Schloss Eggenberg

    Eggenberger Allee 90
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 8017 9532
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    Opening times:
    Park and gardens:
    Daily 0800-1900 (Apr-Oct)
    Daily 0800-1700 (Nov-Mar)
    State rooms:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1600 (Apr-Oct only)

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, this mighty palace was built for the Eggenberg Dynasty in the early part of the 17th century. As well as some fine staterooms, it also has beautiful parks and gardens.

    Museum of Perception

    Friedrichgasse 41
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 811 599
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1400-1800

    Intriguing name, intriguing place. The city’s Museum of Perception looks at sensory illusion – and if you book ahead, you can arrange a session in the Samadhi Bath, a flotation chamber.

    Kunsthaus Graz

    Lendkai 1
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 8017 9200
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700

    A legacy of Graz’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2003, this is a superb contemporary art space with regularly changing exhibitions. Its bold, almost slug-like design has seen it dubbed ‘The Friendly Alien’.

    Botanical Garden

    Holteigasse 6
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 380 5747
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    Opening times:
    Greenhouses:
    Daily 1000-1400.
    Outdoor area:
    Daily 1000-1500 (mid-Sep to mid-May)
    Daily 1000-1700 (mid-May to mid-Sep)

    Renowned for its modern, eye-catching greenhouses, Graz’s Botanical Gardens hold plants from four different climate zones. It’s become as notable for its architecture as its excellent collection of flora.

    Schlossberg

    Schlossberg
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Rising high above town, this fortress-topped, tree-covered hill grants wonderful views over Graz and the surrounding countryside. You can reach it on foot, via a lift or by funicular. It’s a great place to start a sightseeing tour.

    Landeszeughaus

    Herrengasse 16
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 8017 9810
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Mon 1000-1700 (Apr-Oct)
    Wed-Mon 1200-1400 (Nov-Mar)

    Also known as the Styrian Armoury, this is a fascinating display of some 32,000 weapons and other devices – it’s claimed to be the best-preserved armoury in the world.

    Grazer Dom

    Burggasse 3
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 821 683
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    Opening times:
    Service times vary

    The exterior of the city cathedral may be relatively modest, but step inside and you’re greeted with a spread of Gothic frescoes and ecclesiastical riches. Much of what’s seen today dates from the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

    Museum im Palais

    Sackstrasse 16
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 8017 9810
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    Opening times:
    Wed-Sun 1000-1700

    Showcasing a collection of some 35,000 valuable objects, the museum holds everything from bourgeois treasures to a royal carriage. Much of the collection has direct links to the Styria region.

    Mausoleum of Ferdinand II

    Burggasse 2
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel: (0316) 821 6830
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1030-1230 and 1330-1600

    This exuberantly baroque construction, sitting right next to the cathedral, is the final resting place of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. It was built in the 1600s.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Austrias landscape is of a beautiful and great diversity. As a travellor, you will find the majestic Alps as well as the green valleys of the Danube. Austria is known for it’s historic architecture, impressive museums and galeries but also for it’s high class ski regions. Mozart, Schubert and the inventor oft he psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud,

    were born here and are some of it’s most famous and influential sons. When it comes to architecture, the buildings oft he Habsburgers are especially valuable. This dynasty dominated central europe for seven centuries and left a great heritage which includes for example the opera house in Vienna.

    Geography

    Mountainous Austria is a landlocked country at the heart of Europe, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. The diverse landscape can be divided into five sections: the Eastern Alps (62.8%), the Alpine and Carpathian Foothills (11.3%), the Pannonian Lowlands (11.3%), the Vienna Basin (4.4%) and the Granite and Gneiss Highlands or Bohemian Massif (10.1%). Austria’s highest mountain is Grossglockner (3,798m/12,465ft) found in the Alps’ Hohe Tauern range, and, on its way from the Black Forest in southern Germany to the Black Sea, the winding River Danube flows for approximately 360km (220 miles) through the country.

    Nearly half of Austria is covered with forests, with the lower regions particularly densely wooded. Fir predominates above 488m (1,600ft), and gives way to larch and stone-pine beyond 1,219m (4,000ft); the Alpine foothills consist predominantly of arable land and grassland (above 610m/2,000ft); the Pannonian region is characterised by scrub and heathland.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 8430000

    Population Density (per sq km): 100

    Capital: Vienna (Wien).

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects are pronounced and within the different regions of the country one will encounter marked variations from Hochdeutsch, ie ‘standard’ German. There are Croatian and Slovene-speaking minorities in the Burgenland and southern Carinthia respectively.

    Currency

    Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    National Day: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 03. November 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 26. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Graz
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    A colossal student population ensures the nights are lively in Graz, whether you’re after banging beats or a casual beer.

    But there’s also plenty for those in search of cultural events.

    Opera Graz

    Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Strasse 92-96
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Kaiser-Josef-Platz 10
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    The city has a splendid neo-baroque opera house, which puts on a diverse roster of productions – cheap last-minute tickets are available half an hour before the curtain goes up.

    Postgarage

    Dreihackengasse 42
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
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    A magnet for fans of electronic music, this two-floor club fills up at weekends with clubbers.

    Cohibar

    Leonhardstrasse 3
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    There’s a Latin American vibe at this laid-back but popular drinking spot.

    PPC

    Neubaugasse 6
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
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    Standing for ‘Project Pop Culture’, this is one of the city’s leading venues for rock, indie and hip hop acts.

    Schauspielhaus Graz

    Hofgasse 11
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    One of the city’s showpiece arts venues, this place puts on some excellent theatre productions.

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    Restaurants in Graz
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    As the second largest city in the country, it comes as little surprise that Graz serves up a diet-slaying spread of different culinary treats.

    You can find plenty in the way of classic Austrian cuisine, but there’s much, much more besides.

    Magnolia

    Schönaugasse 53
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Price: Expensive

    Part of the Augartenhotel, this offers arguably the city’s best fine dining experience.

    Frankowitsch

    Stempfergasse 2-4
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    A hugely popular delicatessen – come here for a glass of wine and a quick bite.

    Der Steirer

    Belgiergasse 1
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    Serving up good Styrian dishes, including the famous backhendl (breaded chicken).

    El Gaucho

    Landhausgasse 1
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    Carnivores’ heaven: a much-lauded steakhouse offering a wide range of different cuts.

    Tribeka

    Grieskai 2
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
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    Price: Cheap

    A quality but no-frills option for coffee and sandwiches.

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    Calendar of events

    Aufsteirern

    12 – 14 September 2014
    Website

    Venue: Old Town.

    Graz celebrates Styrian folk traditions at this three-day festival. Designers showcase the latest trends in folk costume (with a modern twist) and musicians perform 21st-century takes on traditional tunes. Revellers pack the Old Town streets to sing, dance and enjoy the entertainment.

    Steirischer Herbst

    26 September – 19 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    International and local artists stage a thrilling three-week programme of contemporary arts encompassing music, art, dance, theatre, literature, architecture and new media. This festival has continually evolved over the decades, with passionate debates, world-class performances and innovative exhibitions always guaranteed.

    Christmas Market in Front of the Town Hall

    21 November – 24 December 2014

    Venue: Hauptplatz.

    Traditional stalls are clustered round a giant Christmas tree draped in twinkling white lights at the Hauptplatz Christmas market. Shoppers pick up gingerbread cookies or handcrafted toys while children whirl on an illuminated carousel. There’s plenty of live entertainment too, plus a kids’ day on Sundays.

    Styriarte

    1 June – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Under the lead baton of internationally renowned conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt (who grew up in Graz), this month-long classical music festival takes a new theme each year. Audiences are treated to outstanding orchestral, choral and solo performances in concert halls, churches, castles and the enchanting open-air woodland venue Dom des Waldes.

    Vokal Total

    1 – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Dom im Berg.

    A cappella choirs belt out their finest tunes in this annual competition, with prizes in pop, jazz, comedy and classical categories each night, plus an extra award for the best beatbox performer. The winners stage a sensational concert on the final evening.

    Jazz Concerts at Generalihof

    2 July – 27 August 2015

    Venue: Generalihof.

    Balmy evenings blend with cool jazz sounds in the historic Generalihof inner courtyard each Wednesday in summer. The intimate open-air venue plays host to renowned vocalists and instrumentalists as well as up-and-coming young jazz musicians in front of small, enthusiastic audiences.

    AIMS

    4 July – 15 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz runs intensive training courses for students hoping to take to the opera or concert stage in Europe. Summer performances give members of the public a chance to hear the passion and fresh talent of these future stars.

    La Strada

    1 – 9 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Streets of Graz.

    Street performers take centre stage at the beginning of August with an electrifying blend of circus acts, puppetry, music, dance and mask theatre. Sound and art installations (plus downright weird goings-on) shock, surprise and give audiences plenty to talk about.

    Street Art Festival

    7 – 9 August 2015

    Venue: Annenstrasse.

    Annenstrasse is transformed into an asphalt canvas as international street artists chalk and paint creatures, figures and anything related to the year’s theme onto the road. Many images are 3D and strikingly realistic, designed to blend seamlessly into the path.

    Long Table of Graz

    16 August 2015

    Venue: Hauptplatz.

    Over 700 diners sit down at row upon row of long tables set up in the centre of Graz’s historic Old Town. The evening kicks off with drinks and canapés in the Landhaushof, followed by a posh five-course, open-air dinner to the accompaniment of live music.

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    Hotels in Graz
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    With a mix of accommodation every bit as marked as the city’s blend of different design styles, Graz offers a varied

    range of options, whether you’re in the historic centre of further afield.

    Schlossberg Hotel

    Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 30
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Category: Expensive

    A classy ‘art hotel’ with a mixture of rooms, suites and apartments.

    Augartenhotel Art & Design

    Schönaugasse 53
    8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    This sharply laid-out and creatively decorated property is a member of the Design Hotels portfolio.

    Hotel zum Dom

    Bürgergasse 14
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    A former city palace in the centre of the Old Town.

    Hotel Daniel

    Europaplatz 1
    A-8020 Graz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    A long-standing tower hotel with just over 100 rooms and a location close to the main station.

    Roomz Graz

    Conrad-von-Hötzendorf-Strasse 92-96
    A-8010 Graz
    Austria
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    Category: Cheap

    Billed as a budget design hotel, this is a good bet for those who want style without spending big.

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    Today: Tuesday, 23.09.2014 10:00

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    wind direction

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    wind speed

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    humidity

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    Climate & best time to visit Austria

    The best time to visit Austria is June to September for those seeking sunshine and low rainfall, whilst November to March are ideal for those seeking winter sports.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +43

    Telephone

    Call boxes are grey and found in all areas. International calls can be made from payphones with four coin slots.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Available throughout Austria. There are many Internet cafes.

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    Shopping in Graz
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    Key Areas

    The city’s primary shopping drag is Herrengasse, where you can find a quality array of jewellers, boutiques and fashion designers. The main town square, Hauptplatz, is a good spot too. For something more out of the ordinary, the creative stores around the Kunsthaus Graz sell plenty in the way of one-off items.

    Markets

    Graz loves its markets. Kaiser-Josef-Platz hosts the city’s

    largest farmers’ market – it takes place every morning from Monday to Saturday and sells meats, cheeses, bread, sunflowers and more. Those in search of vintage items should also note flea markets such as Ägydimarkt.

    Shopping Centres

    Major malls in the city include Kastner & Öhler (Sackstrasse 7), which is a good bet for high-class clothing, Citypark (Lazarettgürtel 55), which has shops ranging from Esprit to H&M, and Murpark (Ostbahnstrasse 3), the only shopping centre on the left bank of the city’s Mur river.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Austrians tend to be quite formal in both their social and business dealings. They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is customary when saying hello and goodbye. It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag (good day) or, more usually,

    Grüss Gott (common greeting which literally means ‘greet God’); similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) can cause offence. If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hostess. The Church enjoys a high and respected position in Austrian society, which should be kept in mind.

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    Health

    Ticks often live in heavily forested areas during the summer months in some of the more easterly parts of Austria and can create discomfort and, in very rare cases, serious infection to people who are bitten. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic and travellers likely to find themselves in wooded areas from spring to autumn should take a course of injections. Rabies is present in Austria, although there have been no incidents reported in recent years. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten seek medical advice without delay.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Hedwig Dr. Nistl
    Tummelplatz 5
    A 8010 Graz
    Austria
    Tel. +43-316-814705

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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