Graz with approx. 270,000 inhabitants is at the same time the second largest town of Austria and the capital Styria. The city of Graz lies with the Mur in the Grazer washbasin. The metropolitan area Graz is with about 439,000 inhabitants to Vienna the second largest conurbation of Austria.
Originated on the former Slavic settlement (slaw. "Gradec" means small castle) in the 6th century in Graz a castle was established from which the name Graz was derived, from 1379 to 1619 Graz was a Habsburg broad seat of power and resisted in this period several osmanischen attacks. In 2003 Graz was the cultural capital of Europe.
Graz is not only an important industry centrum of Austria, however, also a university town with over 45,000 students all together. The Old Town of Graz and the castle Harrow mountain belong to the UNESCO-world cultural heritage. Italian architecture under it magnificent Palazzi and attractive town houses of the Old Town with Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and Jugendstil in connection with Mediterranean climate provide for the particularly relaxed and attractive atmosphere of the town in the Mur.
Places of interest of the city of Graz:
Late-Gothic cathedral the cathedral church from the time in 1438-1462, with a baroque mausoleum of Ferdinand II
To Gothic and baroque churches town parish church, Mariahilfkirche
Renaissance country houseCity hall from XIX centuries
Joanneum museum Styria with master's works that of the European painting.
The clock tower, the landmark of the town isArmoury, the completely preserved armoury from XVII centuries
Pileworks receive castle mountain ruined castle with two towers
A-8010 Graz, Herrengasse 16
Tel.: +43 3168075-0
Fax: +43 3168075-15