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  • 1 Zeughaus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Herrengasse 16

    Behind the walls of a prestigious-looking palace and forerunner of German Baroque, the Graz Arsenal shelters the only arms collection of its kind in the world. When arriving from the lively and busy Herrengasse, you are suddenly projected three centu..

  • 2 Landhaus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herrengasse 16

    Seat of the former Styrian Diet since the 16C, the Landhaus is one of Graz's finest Renaissance palaces. The main façade, with its handsome round-arched windows and elegant doorway, hides the Italianate elegance of its three-storey arcaded courtyard ..

  • 3 Mausoleum Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Bürgergasse 2

    The magnificent Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II is undoubtedly Graz's most unusual building. It gracefully combines Mannerist Austrian Baroque with the theatrical splendour of Rome's great churches. The initial work of the Italian Pietro de Pomis w..

  • 4 Hauptplatz Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    This great square in the heart of the Old Town, is where the main shopping avenues end, with incessant comings and goings of trams and mixed crowds thronging round market stalls. In the centre, the Archduke Johann Fountain (1878) is dedicated to the ..

  • 5 Domkirche Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Bürggasse 3

    Emperor Friedrich III had this cathedral built in the 15C. Since then, rich Baroque decoration has been added to the elegant ribbed vaults. On the outside wall, the " Curses painting" recalls the three scourges suffered by Graz in the late ..

  • 6 Treppenturm Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The double stairway housed in one of the provincial government (Landesregierung) buildings is all that remains of the castle built by emperors Friedrich III and Maximilian I. From the first floor, visitors can see the clever way in which it winds aro..

  • 7 Medieval Quarter Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The Kälbernes Viertel, or "Calf Quarter" as the locals call it due to a former cattle market, is a maze of narrow streets around the Franciscans square, stretching from the Mur to the Hauptplatz. Visitors can stroll in the Neue-Welt-Gasse (..

  • 8 Stadtpark Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The Town Park surrounds the Old Town to the east over a wide area. This fine landscaped park runs along the line of the former walls demolished in the 19C. In the middle, the Forum Stadtpark welcomes young avant-garde artists. The great fountain in f..

  • 9 Mariahilf-Kirche Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Mariahilferplatz 3

    Our Lady of Succour was a popular pilgrimage church for many centuries. Its well-proportioned Baroque façade, simple elegant twin towers and Renaissance nave make it one of Graz's finest religious buildings. The cloister's second courtyard has a form..

  • 10 Schlossberg Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dominating the town, this 123m-high hill topped by fortifications was until the Napoeonic period an impregnable fortress. When in 1809 Graz was occupied by the French, the Schlossberg resisted all attempts to take it. The treaty of Schönbrunn (14 Oct..

  • 11 Herrengasse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Herrengasse is a lively avenue lined with elegant shops and office buildings. At n° 3, visitors can enjoy deciphering the paintings on the façade of the Gemalte Haus, residence of the dukes of Styria before 1450. The frescoes, from 1742, depict i..

  • 12 Stadtpfarrkirche zum Heiligen Blut

    Religious buildings

    Herrengasse 23

    The original Gothic Church of the Holy Blood, was remodelled in the Baroque style, then re-Gothicized at the end of the 19C. However, its wooden bell tower remained Baroque and is undoubtedly the most elegant in town. Inside, note the Assumption of t..

  • 13 Palais Attems

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sackstr. 17

    Opposite the Town Museum, this is undoubtedly the city's finest Baroque palace. Note the profuse decoration of its façades in detail, with pilasters, mouldings, curvilinear window pediments and fire pots. It was built by Count von Attems, from 1702 t..

  • 14 Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    Religious buildings


    Built in 1704, at the same time and next to the Palais Attems, Holy Trinity Church seems to watch over its neighbour. Its harmonious and discreet façade's decoration refers to the Trinity.

  • 15 Franziskanerkirche

    Religious buildings


    The Church of the Franciscans forms a charming picture with old stalls set up against its walls. The famous Mendicant brothers founded their monastery here in 1240. In the 16C, after the break-up of the order, it belonged to the Franciscan Minorites...

  • 16 Steirisches Volkskundemuseum

    Museums and art

    Paulustorgasse 11-13a

    The Museum of Popular Art and Traditions tastefully evokes folklore from the whole of Styria, with interesting reconstructed interiors. This section of the Joanneum, or Museum of the Province of Styria, is housed this former Capuchin monastery since ..

  • 17 Alte Galerie des Steiermärkisches Landesmuseum Joanneum

    Museums and art

    Eggenberger Allee 90

    This is Styria's main Fine Arts Museum. The ground-floor Medieval Art section is particularly interesting, with stained-glass windows, sculptures and altarpieces, such as the Mariazell, from 12C to 16C Austrian masters. The second floor displays Rena..

  • 18 Leech Church

    Religious buildings


    The university church of Maria am Leech, built by the Teutonic Knights from 1275 to 1293, is Graz's oldest religious building and bears a certain resemblance to the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. Note, in particular, its early-Gothic west porch and 14C st..

  • 19 Wallfahrtskirche Mariatrost

    Religious buildings

    Kirchplatz 8

    Graz is proud of this huge Baroque church, built in honour of the Virgin Mary by Andreas Stengg in 1714. The much-restored murals by Lukas von Schram and Johann Baptist Scheidt were painted from 1735 to 1754. Also, note the pulpit by Veit Königer (17..

  • 20 Old Town

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Graz's Old Town is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. From the top of the picturesque Schlossberg Hill overlooking it, visitors can enjoy a scene of reddish-brown roofs crowned by onion-shaped belfries. This partly-pedestrianized district su..

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