Hauptplatz : Michelin's recommendations
The Hauptplatz, in the heart of the Old Town, is a good starting point for a stroll. This great, triangular-shaped, central square is alive with the incessant comings and goings of trams, disgorging passengers to join the motley crowd thronging round the market stalls. It is lined with pretty colourful 17C, 18C and 19C façades hiding older, intimate, Medieval or Renaissance houses. At the corner of the Sporgasse, the Luegg House stands out with its luxuriant 17C stuccowork. At n° 4, note the city's oldest chemist's shop, from 1535, which has retained some of its original decoration. At the centre of the square, the Archduke Johann Fountain (1878) is a reminder of the affection in which the Habsburg prince and city benefactor was held by the local people in the 19C. Four female figures surround his statue, as allegories of Styria's main rivers, even if since 1918 only the Mur and Enns still flow through the province, while the others now run through Slovenia. Visitors standing on the south side of the square, on the Town Hall pavement, can see the wooded spur of Schlossberg overlooking the city as if it watched over it. On the edge, stands the familiar outline of the Clock Tower (Uhrturm), the city's symbol. The Herrengasse and Sporgasse, avenues lined with mansions and shops, end at the square, which is surrounded by a pedestrianized maze of lively Medieval alleyways.
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