Graz - the Capital of Culinary Delights
As is befitting for the capital of Styria, the green heart of Austria, Graz also presents itself as a city in which you needn't choose between urban flair and rural idyll, as both are always available.
Geographically speaking, Graz is situated in a basin which opens to the hilly countryside of the Styrian wine-growing region in the south and which is bordered by the alpine pastures of the eastern foothills of the Alps in the north. From a culinary point of view, you could just as well be talking about a woven basket, instead of a basin, which is always replenished with food that is unparalleled with regard to variety and quality. The outskirts of Graz is marked by small-scale structured agriculture and areas of intact nature which deliver top quality. 15 Styrian culinary regions supply Graz with meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and make the city a first-rate culinary capital. Thanks to the Grazer "Krauthäuptel", a crisp specialty lettuce, Graz itself is one of these culinary regions. In no other Austrian city are chefs in restaurants and inns able to obtain such fine ingredients so easily. Thus, a visit to Graz is always a culinary experience with seasonal highlights. In Graz, good food, accompanied by excellent wine and beer, is, of course, not limited to exclusive gourmet cuisine - it is, like so many things in Graz, everyday quality.