Graz Tourism

Graz has never fallen to invaders. Its fort, the Grazer Schlossberg, has never been successfully invaded, and the city is quite proud of this. It is Austria’s second largest city, and once was the capital of the erstwhile Styria. The dukes of Babenberg, the Habsburg royalty and the Nazis have at various times ruled the city. A number of important figures have ties to the city too - Johannes Kepler studied here; Nikola Tesla taught here; Erwin Schroginger was briefly chancellor to the local university; Arnold Schwarzenegger was born here. It is also a student city; its six universities house almost 50,000 students.

As far as tourist attractions go the castle hill is the main sight, and the sunsets from the top are spectacular. The old town has been declared a World Heritage Site. The Eggenberg Castle is lavish, and the Zueghaus has an extensive and impressive collection of armour. In the summer Graz invites many of Europe’s musical talents to concert, so tourism takes a boost. The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II is famous. The many beautiful churches of Graz will dictate much of your sightseeing. Architecturally, the city has a surprising amount of Italian influence, and also some great Mannerist form of buildings.

Essential travel information and Graz tips for your visit

  • On the Semmering Railway, from Vienna to Graz, sit on the left; from Graz to Vienna, sit on the right.
  • Watch out for bike thieves.
  • Avoid driving in the city if you can.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Graz

  • Know the pollution level of Graz before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 45.54 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.27 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.59 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Graz for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Graz.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.4 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.9 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.32 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 9.67 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 16.58 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 21.44 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.63 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70.4 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.11 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.2 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 32.54 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Graz is 170.34 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 74.86 (High)
    • Climate Index 73.93 (High)
    • Pollution Index 39.35 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.05 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.03 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.15 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.85 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 83.02 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Graz

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.57 USD

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