Austria’s second biggest city
Graz enjoys a rich history, yet is at the same time bursting with modern life. It would not be an exaggeration to describe Graz as a city of opposites: its magnificent buildings bear witness to over 850 years of architecture in the city, such as the Landhaus, also home to the Styrian Armoury and its 30,000 weapons and suits of armour, the cathedral and the mausoleum, Schloss Eggenberg and the Grazer Burg with its double-spiral staircase. These ancient edifices merge in unique harmony with state-of-the-art works by internationally renowned architects, some from the Graz School, such as for example the Kunsthaus Graz, Joanneumsviertel, MUMUTH or the greenhouses in the Botanical Gardens.
And contrasts can also be seen in areas other than the buildings: the annual styriarte festival in June is dedicated to classical music, while the steirischer herbst festival focuses on avant-garde arts.
Six universities, the biggest medieval historic city centre in Europe (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a lively cabaret and comedy scene, outstanding restaurants and bars, casino, the Grazer Messe trade fair centre and much more.
Without a doubt, one of the most important years for Graz recently was 2003: the city was chosen by the EU cultural ministers as “Europe Capital of Culture 2003”, and presented a brilliant and diverse programme that attracted visitors from all over the world, with enduring success. The year of cultural events and exhibitions put Graz firmly back on the map, so that today the city is mentioned in the same breath as Vienna and Salzburg.
Facts and Figures about Graz
- Residents (main domicile 01/09/2014) – 271.998
- Universities - 6 universities | 2 polytechnics
- Students in Graz - over 50,000
- Total area – 127.5 km² (of which 50 % green area)
- Sea level - 353 m
- Geographical location- 47°05' degrees northern latitude, 15°26' eastern longitude
- Museums - 34
- Congress Graz - max. 2,300 people | 2,900 m² | 19 rooms
- Stadthalle Graz - max. 11,000 people | 6,500 m²
- Messe Congress Graz - max. 3,000 people | 6,200 m² | 19 rooms