Cultural Capital

Opera house Graz

City ​​of Contrasts

Graz, the exciting city of culture, and particularly its historic city centre, offers the ideal location to stage seminars, trade fairs or conferences.

It is not by chance that Graz is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. For centuries, in the historic city centre around Schlossberg hill, a townscape has been growing that is worthy of protection. Since the Middle Ages, the unique and well preserved architectural styles spanning from Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and, of course, the modern, have not only seen an increase in value but are also indicative of a sense of tradition and art.

In fact, contemporary art and architecture enrich the cultural scene as much as classical culture: the Graz Opera House, theatres and festivals of classical music. In 2003, Graz was also acclaimed European Capital of Culture. “The friendly alien” art centre and the Island in the Mur still bear witness to that year of celebration.

Cultural Institutions

  • Graz Opera House
    Top-class musical delight. All-star casts in a magnificent, neo-baroque setting are the ingredients that easily and readily draw in opera fans.
  • Schauspielhaus theatre Graz
    A regional theatre proves itself at international level with courage and plenty of talent. These are the boards that can mean the world.
  • Universalmuseum Joanneum
    Also belonging to Austria’s oldest and second-largest museum is the Kunsthaus, known as the “friendly alien” and a must for art and culture lovers.

Festivals

  • DIAGONALE -  Festival of Austrian Film, March
  • styriarte - The Styrian Festival of Classical Music, June / July
  • La Strada - Festival of Street Art and Puppet Theatre, July / August
  • steirischer herbst - Contemporary art from all fields, September / October