Austria, Graz: Historic Centre Of Town
What is the historical centre of the university town, where stayed Johannes Kepler among others?
Graz (the word is of Slavic origin), is the second biggest Austrian city, which lies near the border with Slovenia's and its Maribor city, located less than 70 kilometres. Capital of Vienna lies about 200 km to the north. Approximately one-sixth of the total population of Graz are students who are studying in its six universities.
After arriving to Graz you will be amazed of its refinement, purity and beautiful historic architecture, which is located on the border of cultural influences in Central Europe, Italy and the Balkans. Therefore no wander when in 1999 the city was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and in 2003 became the European Capital of Culture.
To explore the historical centre, it is enough when you decide to walk, but you can also use an extensive network of public transport that is particularly well-secured in the centre by tram. Graz is among other things a city that gives plenty of space to bicycle traffic. Wherever you go, you'll see bicycle lanes, so if you like riding a bicycle, Graz is right place for you.
While walking through the historical centre don’t forget to visit the main square with dominated beautiful Town Hall. The former Town Hall, which soon proved to be too small, used to stand in the Jewish district. In 1550 was built a new, in the Renaissance style with a very austere exterior, which was only on the corners of buildings beautified ornaments. City Hall also served as a police station and prison. The building that can be seen today, it was built between 1805 - 1807 on the ruins of the old, which was taken down. The current city hall building is designed in a neoclassical style.
Adjacent main square (Hauptplatz) is the true heart of the city. Its centre consists of a fountain of Archduke John, whose core is formed Archdukes statue larger than life. Around it are the other statues represent four rivers - Mur, Sava, Drava and Enns.
The edges of the square are lined with many important buildings. House Luegga include there. It was built during the 15th and 16 century. Its baroque style is enhanced with beautiful stucco.
Another important building in the square is the Palace Stürkh, which originally belonged to the same merchant family and was gradually assembled over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. In a small arc between the windows, note the statue of the Virgin Mary.
Christoph's townhouse was built in the 17th century. It was named by the fresco of St. Christopher, which decorates the front gable.
Another interesting house, which can be found on the corner of the square is the building in which nearly five hundred years house Adler Apotheke pharmacy. The current form of the building dates from the 17th century.
Text/photo: Maxim Kucer
After some considerable time we return to the charming Austrian state of Styria, which has long been a popular tourist destination. This time we will focus on cycling, but we will not miss other interesting activities or events that make Styria special.
In sunny southern Austria, in the southernmost state of Carinthia, there is a winter paradise. There are well-maintained slopes, perfect snow conditions, and perfect atmosphere. This can get hearts of all fans of skiing and untouched nature.
After a year we get back to the resort of Murtal west from Graz, Styria. This region welcomes its visitor. It has a lot of attractions and events we will introduce you in the following lines.
After a visit in Murtal last week we will take you to other Styrian regions where you can seek relax and experiences as a part of one package. We will give you tips for events, sights or attractions long to remember.
Austria is a typical mountain country mostly consisting of the Eastern Alps. Austrian Alpine terrain is typical for vast mountain ranges divided by deep valleys and mountains steeply declining to valleys.
The Eastern Alps is a massive mountain formation rich on fascinating natural phenomena such as high peaks covered with snow, water falls buzzing in narrow gorges, or lakes in deep valleys between mountains. Schafberg Mountain, Austria is an attractive tourist resort, it is located in the Salzkammergut mountains.
Austria is an alpine country that has many beautiful sights. These are not just ski resorts, or high snow capped mountains. Near the city of Graz in the Grazer Bergland mountains, are two fascinating places worth visiting - Bärenschützklamm (Bear Gorge) and Hochlantsch mountain.
Spring is perfect for trips. Therefore, we took our car and set off to cozy town of Klosterneuburg that is only 15 kilometers northwest from Wien. Still far away we could see pompous monastery, or adverts inviting us to see orchid exhibition in the monastery garden.
Winter is coming. It means that possibilities for skiing and trips in nature open once again. Join us to take a short trip to Murtal, a paradise for holidaymakers in Styria. Here we would like to present you some of the new things in the region.
After a while we go again to the republic of Steiermark situated in the southeast of Austria. Recently, a new tourist trail was opened (950 km long). It takes you from the glacier to vine-growing regions.
Austria is a very popular summer vacation spot. It has high mountains. Today we give you several tips where to go.
Despite we have visited well-known Austrian town of Mariazell many times, only recently we have managed to come in the time the basilica was opened. Thus, we have visited this jewel of pilgrimage from the inside.
After visiting the mountainous landscape of Hochsteiermark we move today in westerly direction to Murtal. Murtal offers great entertainment, excellent skiing, adrenaline experiences and indescribable scenery.
St. Stephen's Dome belongs to most visited Vienna sightseeings. We would like to make you acquaintance with this monument which offers, except others, unique town's outlook.
The majestic fortress for centuries defended the city from enemies and today is a popular resting destination and a major tourist destination.
Hochsteiermark covers the area from StyrianSemmering to the Hochschwab Mountains and further to the Eisenerz Alps. This mountainous land attract from the time immemorial not only the Austrians but also visitors from other countries to do trips in beautiful and sometimes wild nature.
The recreation area of Murtal is located on west from Graz, Styria. There are peaks of the Hohe Tauern, Zirbitzkogel, Seetal and Seckau Alps as well as the hilly Nockberge Mountains.
We stay in Styria even today. Previously we introduced you Murtal, a recreation region and Hochsteirn. Today we look in the capital of Styria, Graz that is also the largest city in the region. We will also give you few tips for trips.
During our bike trials we stoped in the town of Hainburg. This medieval town with Hainburg castle above hides many natural and historical mysteries. One of them is Röthelstein castle ruins hidden in a national park.
Today we head to Austria where we visit the mountainous landscape of Hochsteiermark. We introduce you to it. As it is an area of the idyllic, sports and recreational activities. We will not forget to give you some tips for interesting events.
Vienna is one of the places that look like tourists - for its attractiveness and charm. It offers much, so won't bored there certainly will not. But who wants to feel like a fairy tale and relax in a beautiful park full of fountains modified, it should forget visit the baroque Belvedere palace.
Vienna, a capital of Austria, belongs to most attractive European places of interest, from tourist point of view. The wealth of historical monuments, a great number of architectonical sightseeings as well as many actual topics - all these places, joined with famous names and its stories or legends, make from Vienna a pleasant and always different target for any visitor.
In the first part of our walk, we went on foot the city centre. Now, we wish to offer you some tips, in order to see as much as sightseeings within short time period (within one day).
After a visit of St.Stephen Dome tower, let´s have a look at Austrian capital from similar height, but from the outlook, which, for sure, will not be so old and monumental as the age of the cathedral.
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