Things to see and do - Graz
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Graz's Old Town, spared from any damage in the Second World War, is one of the largest historic centres in the German-speaking world and is even included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Its partly-pedestrianized maze of lively narrow streets stretches between the Mur to the west and the picturesque 123m-high Schlossberg Hill that overlooks it to the north. From the top of the latter, visitors can enjoy a colourful scene of reddish-brown roofs crowned by onion-shaped belfries. Shops, restaurants and cafés set up their tables and chairs in the streets in Summer, thus creating a warm southern atmosphere that is ideal for strolls. Pretty 18C and 19C façades, often adorned with stuccowork, hide very old houses whose quiet, arcaded, either intimate or formal courtyards (about 50) have an Italian Renaissance style. The Landhaus**, with its flower-decked balconies and loggias, is not the district's oldest building but undoubtedly the most charming and refined. In the heart of town, the Hauptplatz* is a very lively square, with incessant comings and goings of trams and where mixed crowds throng round the market stalls. Here end the Herrengasse and Sporgasse, the city's main shopping avenues, while nearby the " "Bermuda Triangle", like its Viennese elder brother, attracts the night-birds, with a wide variety of pubs, wine bars, discotheques and jazz clubs.
- Address : Hauptplatz A - 8011 Graz8011Graz