The Graz historic centre walking tour through world cultural heritage

Stroll through the outstanding historic city centre, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.

Just take a walk and let yourself be surprised. A new discovery awaits you around every corner: Tucked away alleyways, romantic courtyards, artistic façades and magnificent buildings by the aristocracy and citizens from past centuries. Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and the Habsburg dynasty’s Historicism live side by side in Graz.

The old town’s historically dense atmosphere with its green Schlossberg was an important element in the great international response that Graz received as “European Capital of Culture 2003”. During the warm months, the streets, squares and courtyards are a stunning backdrop for high-calibre events.

Start

Landhaus Courtyard

Latitude: 47.069748 Longitude: 15.439436

End point

Kaiser Josef Platz

Location plan

 

Set off from Graz Tourist Information at Herrengasse 16 – just a few steps take you to the entrance of the Landhaushof courtyard. The arcaded inner courtyard of the Landhaus ranks among themasterpieces of the Italian Renaissance (Domenico dell’Allio). Behind the round arched windows, the Styrian regional parliament convenesin the assembly hall.

Walking along Herrengasse and passing inviting restaurant terraces, after just a few minutes you will have reached Graz Hauptplatz, the main square.

From the Hauptplatz, walk gently uphill along cobbled Sporgasse, one of the most romantic streets in the city.

Across the Burgtor walk downhill along Bürgergasse –towards more “Graz classics”. Following Abraham-a-Santa-Clara-Gasse will bring you down to Glockenspielplatz square. At 11 am, 3 pm and 6 pm, two windows open and apair of carved wooden figures in traditional costume dance to the sound of the Glockenspiel.

Already hungry and thirsty (again)? In just a few minutes you’ll be at the farmers’ market! Carry on along Herrengasse and then turn left via the Opernring to reach the Graz Opera House, designed by the famous architects Hemler andFellner and built in 1899.

Behind the opera house, Kaiser-Josef-Platz square is home to the largest farmers’ market in Graz.

 

Tour properties

Condition
Tekkers
Experience
Landscape

Season

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Map

  • 2.6 km Route
  • 1:0 h Duration
  • 21 m Climbing
  • 17 m Climb down
  • 0.35 m Lowest level
  • 0.366 m Highest point

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