Graz is a vibrant and stylish city that successfully mixes old with new like nowhere else. Gothic architecture from the Renaissance and Baroque periods sit comfortably alongside futuristic buildings that look like they just dropped out of space. Austria’s second largest city is also home to around 50,000 students, helping to fuel the city’s thriving nightlife and arts scene. Graz was officially named the European Capital of Culture in 2003, which was celebrated by building the Murinsel; an artificial floating island that also acts as a bridge and amphitheatre. Featuring an abundance of good quality shops, bars and restaurants, Graz has also been added to UNESCO’s illustrious World Heritage List.
An economy car is ideal for Graz as it’s fuel efficient and small and compact enough to negotiate the tight city centre parking spots.
Driving in Graz
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Important things to note
A satnav system and map are essential in Graz, as the one way system can prove frustrating to those who are new to the area, and it’s easy to get lost.
There are a few car parking options in the city centre, but expect to pay on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 8pm.
Take note that blue zones in the city centre will allow you to park for up to three hours and green zones a full day.
Highlights & Hotspots
Soak up the atmosphere in the old town whilst you take a look around the fairy-tale like buildings and boutiques. Winter visitors will get to experience the Christmas markets, complete with twinkling lights and the smell of cinnamon wafting through the air. During summer, you can enjoy ice cold beers in the sun and impressive floral displays.
Schloss Essenberg is a grand castle from the Baroque period that houses a large collection of art and antiques. The lush green grounds also house a children’s playground and several peacocks that roam free and are generally unperturbed by the presence of humans taking photos.
Take a trek up to Schlossberg Park and you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the city from the clock tower. The park is in pristine condition, making it an ideal picnic or BBQ spot during the summer months, and the perfect photo opportunity.
For one of the best steak dinners Graz has to offer, head to El Gaucho on Landhausgasse Street to sample Argentinian food done the Austrian way. As well as various cuts of locally sourced beef you’d expect, there’s plenty of other tempting dishes on the menu; the lobster pasta is a best seller.
Graz Airport is conveniently located just 9km south of the city centre and is a minor international airport, taking most flights from other major Austrian and German cities.
The airport is located just to the easy of the L379, which reaches the 67. This road will take you straight northwards to the centre of Graz, while access to the motorway network is pretty easy as well.