Graz – Austria’s culinary and cultural capital. A practical tip from the start: If you want to explore Graz, wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Why? Even if Graz is actually small – the second-largest city in Austria with a quarter of a million resident by no means a “big city” – you should be prepared for the fact that time also flies in the many short lanes. Comfortable footwear goes easy on busy feet here. In the historic old town with its roads, streets, squares and courtyards there’s lots to explore and even more to be enjoyed, for Graz is also the culinary capital which you should not only see but taste as well.
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Discovering Graz is a stroll through centuries right into the future. With its historic buildings and the futuristic Kunsthaus and the Mur Island it for good reason a UNESCO world heritage site and a UNESCO city of design at the same time.
Historic Old Town

Best experienced on a guided city tour. April-October, daily at 2:30 PM leaving at Information Office at Herrengasse 16. Strolling through the old town of Graz is like wandering through different periods, buildings from baroque to gothic to renaissance are lining up next to each other. UNESCO rewarded the historic city center of Graz a World Cultural Heritage site.

Schlossberg & Clocktower

The Clocktower sits on top of the Schlossberg and represents the historic landmark of the city. To reach the Clocktower take either the modern glass lift through the mountain, the steep funicular or walk up 660 steps to enjoy a breathtaking view of the historic old town.

​Address: Schlossberg, Graz​Website:
Armoury Museum & Kunsthaus

Two great museums reflecting the historical and modern art in Graz. The Armoury museum is the world’s largest collection of medieval arms and armous, located in a historic building right in the heart of the old town. The Kunsthaus on the contrary reflects the modern and contemporary side of Graz. Both are a must-see! Armoury - Address: Herrengasse 16 Kunsthaus - Address: Lendkai 1

​Address: Herrengasse 16​Website:​Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 AM - 6 PMTickets: € 8,00
Main Square & City Hall

In brilliant white the bride steps into the square before Rathaus town hall in a cascade of flowers and rice. Just across, a lively hip-hop show. The market stalls offer juices and sausages with mustard – scenes from the heart of the city, the Hauptplatz of Graz, cradled among magnificent buildings crowned by the town hall of Graz. It’s an impressive backdrop for the city’s colourful bustle and focal point for visitors and residents alike. From here you can reach all of the attractions of Graz in a jiffy.

​Address: Hauptplatz 1​Website:
Farmer’s Market on Kaiser-Josef-Platz

In former times the Kaiser-Josef-Square used to be a timber-market.Today the people of Graz rather think of culinary delights than of history when they talk about this market. Fresh local products are offered by their producers on a daily basis. Many products are grown organically and some of them have a long standing tradition such as the "Käferbohne" (special kind of large beans), apples and of course the pumpkinseed oil. Monday-Saturday 6AM to 1PM

​Address: Kaiser-Josef-Platz 8​Website:​Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6 AM - 1 PM

Today’s cathedral reminds of the days when Graz was an imperial city. Emperor Frederick III erected the church together with his new residence in Graz. In the course of history, the cathedral saw many changes. Construction work of the court and parish church in late-Gothic style was started in 1438, as Jesuit church it was refurbished in Baroque style in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Since 1786 it has been the cathedral.

​Address: Burggasse 3​Website:
Painted House

A wall-tattoo on Herrengasse street? Sure! On the façade of the Herzoghof building in the centre of Graz, Greek and Roman Gods engage in a rendez-vous. The building was first painted as early as 1600. The Baroque painter Johann Mayer applied the ‘divine’ frescos in 1742, since which time it has been known as the ‘painted house’. If you take a moment to immerse yourself in the images, you enjoy an intense sense of submersion right there in the middle of the urban hustle and bustle.

​Address: Herrengasse 3​Website:
Burg Garden

A romantic picnic in the centre of the city? Where better than at the enchanting location of the Burggarten in Graz. This scenic park is, to all intents and purposes, a secret; who would expect to find such a romantic setting hidden away behind the regional government headquarters, above the Stadtpark? One particular highlight is the former orangery which, following careful and comprehensive renovation, now serves to host events and receptions of all kinds.

​Address: Hofgasse 15​Website:​Opening hours: aily 07.30 - 20.00 (in winter accessible only via the courtyard of the Burg)
Burg & Double Spiral Staircase

The centuries have left their traces on the residence of the Habsburgs in Graz, erected in 1438 and now seat of the governor of Styria. Some wings have been added, others destroyed. But there are still many impressive testimonies of the past. From the Biedermeier period back to the Renaissance and Gothic eras. From the latter period the famous double-spiral staircase remains.

​Address: Hofgasse 15​Website:​Opening hours: daily 7:30 AM -8 PM

This new cultural centre on a historical plot of land unites the historical museum and library buildings in Rauber-, Neutor- and Kalchberggasse into one architectural entity. Retaining the original character of the individual buildings, the new centre creates an urban piazza for Graz Old Town that is situated above an underground visitors’ centre.

​Address: Neutorgasse 45​Website:
Glockenspiel / Carillion

Three times a day locals and tourists gather for a nice spectacle in Glockenspielplatz. The Graz carillon chimes three melodies. And in the gable windows a wooden couple in proper costume dances to the sound. In the end, a golden cock crows three times "Kikeriki" (German for cock-a-doodle-doo). If you miss all that at 11 AM, come back at 3 or 6 PM.

​Address: Glockenspielplatz 4​Website:​Opening hours: chimes at 11 AM, 3 and 6 PM
Eggenberg Palace

A journey into the Cosmos. A building portraying time. That is how one could describe Schloss Eggenberg, erected in 1625-56. The owner: Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg, political devisor of Emperor Ferdinand II. The architect: Giovanni Pietro the Pomis, who also planned Ferdinand’s Mausoleum in Graz. Today, Styria’s most splendid palace is used for cultural events, and it is home of the „Alte Galerie“- the old gallery.

​Address: Eggenberger Allee 90​Website:​Opening hours: April - Oct., 10 AM - 5 PM
Murinsel – the floating island in the river Mur

What was meant to be a temporary project of the Cultural Capital of Europe, Graz 2003, has turned into an attraction. The New York artist Vito Acconci designed a steel grid structure in the shape of a half-opened shell. The open part – an amphitheatre for performances but also a resting place for sun-seekers. The covered part – a very trendy café. The island also functions as a bridge between the two banks of the river Mur.

​Address: Mur 1​Website:
Kastner & Öhler / Freiblick

Right at the heart of Graz, situated only a few steps from the main square, Kastner & Öhler, with its 20,000 m², offers the largest choice of fashion of Austria! Just elected "Department store of the Year 2011 ", this elegant establishment offer the perfect setting for more than 500 international brands throughout its six floors. Not to miss: Freiblick on the 6th floor offer a great terrace with exciting views of the old town and the Clock Tower.

​Address: Sackstraße 7-13​Website:​Opening hours: Mon - Sat. 9:30 AM - 7 PM (except. Sat 6 PM)
Graz Opera House

Brandishing a sword for the Opera House. Next to the imposing white edifice on Ringstrasse street skirting Graz city centre, the “Lichtschwert” sculpture stands for the protection of human rights. At the same time, it stands in agitating contrast with the neighbouring Opera House and is proof of the city’s cultural awareness. Formerly the city theatre, the Opera House itself is now a splendid stage for breathtaking productions in Graz ranging from musical theatre to ballet.

​Address: Kaiser-Josef-Platz 10​Phone: +43/316/8008-0​Website:
Palais Saurau

Assault from above? A man with a beard, turban and dagger gazes down threateningly, capturing the attention of passers-by. It’s OK, the well-known Turk under the roof decorates one of the finest buildings in the city. On a stroll through Graz it’s always worth taking in Palais Saurau. With its Baroque, richly decorated wrought iron gate, Renaissance arcades in the courtyard and splendidly decorated first-floor halls, the palace invites you to immerse yourself in the history of the Saurau family.

​Address: Sporgasse 25​Website:
Children's Museum frida & fred

A day to remember at the museum. Children will discover a treasure trove of experiences at the Kindermuseum FRida & freD in the Augarten park, where exhibitions are developed with children and for children. Their motto is “Hands On – Minds On”: telling stories for 3- to 12-year-olds in the tangible form of experiments and objects. Touch, whisper, cuddle, listen, twist and try things out – anything’s allowed. Complex connections are explained in a child-friendly way.

​Address: Friedrichgasse 34​Phone: +43/316/872-7700​Website:​Opening hours: Mon & Wed, Thur: 09.00 - 17.00 / Fri: 09.00 - 19.00 / Sat, Sun and public holidays: 10.00 - 17.00Tickets: Adults: € 5.00 Pupils: € 5.00 Familiy pass: € 14.50
Schell Collection - Lock and Key Museum

The key to happiness – could you find it here? The Schell Collection, Austria’s museum of locks, keys, coffers, ornamental boxes and ornate cast iron, and also the biggest specialist museum of its kind in the world. Find the answers to questions such as “Why is there a key on a pocket watch chain?” or “Why would you need a funeral casket key?” … and “Are you sure that you found all of the secret compartments in your great grandfather’s desk?”

​Address: Wiener Straße 10​Phone: +43/316/715656-38​Website:​Opening hours: on - Fri: 08.00 - 16.00 / Sat: 09.00 - 12.00Tickets: Adults: € 8.00 Pupils: € 3.00
Graz is pure heaven for foodies. It even wears the title „Austria’s Capital of Culinary Delights“. Once in Graz a visit to the farmer’s market is a must, in order to see what Graz chef’s are offering. Look out for „Käferbohnen“ (runner beans), „Kürbiskernöl“ (pumpkinseedoil), „Krauthäuptel“ (crisp fresh salad), „Kren“ (horseradish) or „Vulcano Schinken“ (special ham).
El Gaucho

Steak break. El Gaucho im Landhaus steak house is the perfect location. This tastefully renovated historical interior is the perfect setting for stylish presentation of an highly creative range of variations on the theme of steak and fish. The original Argentinean grill and open show kitchen are complemented by a display wine cellar and range of open, oversized bottles. With its cocktails and outstanding selection of wines, the EL1 Bar has a cheerful ambiance right through to the early hours.

​Address: Landhausgasse 1, 8010 Graz​Phone: +43/316/830083​Website:
aiola im Schloss

Enchanted, charming and different, this is how Schloss St. Veit, which dates back to the 19th century, now presents itself. It is a sophisticated restaurant and wonderful backdrop for events of all kinds. Here, almost every dream might come true. The beautiful interior of the mansion and its fantastic gardens make any event a really special experience. Aiola in Schloss St. Veit is simply the perfect place to dream, enjoy, celebrate and, of course, get married.

​Address: Andritzer Reichsstrasse 144, 8046 Graz​Phone: +43/316/890335​Website:

The hosts Doris and Günther Huber together with a committed team offer traditional yet contemporary dishes made of products from sourrounding areas of Graz. With more than 20.000 bottles they boast the largest wine cellar in town. Great outdoor dining in summer!

​Address: Schmiedgasse 9​Phone: +43 316 830276​Website:

Rustic cosiness and high quality home cooking are common words in restaurant guides, yet there is hardly a place in Graz deserving these attributes better than the Stainzerbauer. Located next to the Cathedral and the Mausoleum it offers a great choice of local cuisine and outstanding wines. Outside dining in beautiful Renaissance courtyard.

​Address: Bürgergasse 4​Phone: +43 316 821106​Website:
Aiola upstairs

An amazing Restaurant on the Schlossberg with an exhilarating view over the rooftops. A breathtaking view, an ocean of fragrance. Breakfast over coffee and the morning sun. Lunch in openair, dinner by candle- and moonlight - that's the aiola upstairs

​Address: Schlossberg 2​Phone: +43 316 818797​Website:
Der Steirer

This popular restaurant offers Styrian cuisine at its very best, like crispy fried chicken with pumpkin seed oil salad, “Tafelspitz” (fine boiled beef) served with soup & marrow, hearty goulash and roast pork. Tip: the Styrian tapas - as a snack, an appetizer or with a glass of wine. The selection ranges from fried carp with creamy cucumbers to hamburger with mashed potatoes & pan-fried blood sausage, and is always adapted to the culinary season.

​Address: Belgiergasse 2​Phone: +43 316 703654​Website:

Eckstein is an old town restaurant that stands out for its hospitality and international food interpretations of traditional and innovative Styrian cuisine. The beautiful outdoor seating area offers a kind of mediterranean ambiance. Make sure to ask the wine chef Albert for his choice of the day!

​Address: Mehlplatz 3​Phone: +43 316 828701​Website:
Welscher Stub’n

This traditional restaurant is located in the very center of the old town. It is family-run over several years now and stands out for its charming staff offering Styrian hospitality. Preparing local specialities with an international touch, the chef is very conscientious about freshness and regional origin of the products he uses. Enjoy the shady and pleasant outdoor seating on hot summer days.

​Address: Schmiedgasse 5-7​Phone: +43 316 834145​Website:
La Enoteca

Located in a courtyard in Sackstraße, this bar is not that easy to find, but it is so beautiful that it makes a marvellous setting for fine antipasti and delicatessen and good international wines. La enoteca also offers delicious, fresh pasta dishes from the own pastaria. Enjoy in the patio, in the stylish interior or as take-out. Special tips: Vulcano ham, Balsamico vinegar and handmade chocolates.

​Address: Sackstraße 14​Phone: +43 316 815444​Website:

Speisesaal whets the appetite for dishes as international as a frequent flier account: best burger in town, Czech beer, Spanish cava, spaghetti carbonara, gazpacho & grilled vegetables. Hip and urban feel plus live DJ on weekends. Reservations recommended!

​Address: Grieskai 4-8​Phone: +43 316 706683​Website:
Starcke Haus

High over the city roofs the Starcke Haus is not only one of the city’s most romantic places, it is a restaurant offering great local cuisine. Seasonal and primarily organic, regional products mean a steadily changing, but always interesting fine menu to be enjoyed over a glass of Styrian wine. Great outdoor dining in the gardens of the Schlossberg.

​Address: Schlossberg 4​Phone: +43 316 834300​Website:
San Pietro

Great Italian style restaurant. It is a hot spot with Austria’s youngest star and award winning chef Jürgen Kleinhappl. Sophisticated aromas, fish and home-made pasta dishes made from regional and Italian products. A great vinoteca goes without saying.

​Address: St.-Peter-Hauptstraße 141​Phone: +43 316 481581-81​Website:

Sophisticated Italian style restaurant in the very center of the city offering mediterranean food also produced from regional products. Great interpretation of Italian food accompanied by outstanding Italian wines. The choice of restaurant for lovers of the italianitá.

​Address: Hofgasse 8​Phone: +43 316 832439​Website:
Prato im Palais

This restaurant is a culinary oasis in the enchanting historic center of Graz. It offers a lot, especially many innovations: mood food for lunch, choice viandes for dinner (from a selection of fresh products you can create your favourite dish) and a private table on Friday and Saturday evenings, where the most exclusive menu in town is served, personal butler included.

​Address: Sackstraße 16​Phone: +43 316 232098​Website:
Cafe Restaurant Erzherzog Johann

The Cafe Restaurant Erzherzog Johjann in the Palais Hotel Erzherzog Johann has been enlarged and now opens up to the hall, revealing all its splendour with its four-floor atrium. New and traditional café cuisine with a regional and seasonal emphasis. Amust for any visitor to Graz.

​Address: Sackstraße 3-5​Phone: +43 316 811616​Website:
Austria is famous for its coffee house tradition. Graz is part of it. Numerous cafes throughout the city show how this tradition is translated into the Graz way of living.
Opern Café

Experience 150 years of tradition and café culture. Fully renovated in 2011, Opern Café is one of the most famous cafés in Graz and the only one mixing the finest Illy coffee experience with a bar and cocktails at night. Exclusive range of sandwiches and cakes.

​Address: Opernring 22​Phone: +43 316 830436​Website:
Kaffee Weitzer

Kaffee Weitzer has the flair of a Viennese café. Coffee lovers will find the last nostalgic nook in Graz and a garden modelled after an image from 1910. Tip: the variety of breakfasts, homemade cakes, international newspapers and Fiaker goulash.

​Address: Belgiergasse 1​Phone: +43 316 703650​Website:

This café is particularly well known to Graz residents for its delicious homemade ice cream. Besides the main Krenngasse location and the stand on the main square, it can also be enjoyed at Café Lilli in Ragnitzstraße 16. In the café, with adjoining garden, a wide array of the other sweet temptations too are offered. Ideal for having breakfast and a paradise for gourmet sweets!

​Address: Krenngasse 38​Phone: +43 316 810033​Website:

In Graz Zafita is synonymous with pastry and ice cream de-lights. We recommend visitors to try the specialities, such as the delicious ‘Graz coffee souffle.’ The café with its small but charming patio is also famous for its delectable bonbons and pralines.

​Address: Girardigasse 6-8​Phone: +43 316 8241820​Website:
Cafe Sacher

Enjoy the legendary Sacher Torte in the centre of Graz. Traditional Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere, nice patio in the historical courtyard of the town hall in summer. Austrian cuisine combined with state of the art cooking.

​Address: Herrengasse 6​Phone: +43 316 8005​Website:
Cafe Glockenspiel

Located in the heart of the city, Glockenspielplatz is one of the most popular attractions in Graz, and not only for Café Glockenspiel’s excellent cocktails, but also for its do-it-yourself-breakfasts until 1 pm and the fresh coffee! Tip: be there at 11AM, 3PM or 6PM to enjoy the sound oft he carillion!

​Address: Glockenspielplatz 4​Phone: +43 664 2428893​Website:
Albin Sorger „Zum Weinrebenbäcker“

First recorded in 1688, Sorger is one of the biggest bakeries in Styria. Taste your way through the coffees, confectionery, organic products and lunches. Traditional and international cuisine, homemade pastries and a wide variety of ice cream dishes.

​Address: Jakominiplatz 21​Phone: +43 316 819160-11​Website:
Being a warm summer night or chilly winter evening, Graz is ready to party the night away. No matter if it is in an elegant club or in a convivial student pub. Great fun is guaranteed!

On weekends the Postgarage is place to be. On two floors people dance to music not necessarily according to mainstream. Especially those who are in favour of electronic beats and music will find this a place to check out. Look out fort he latest programme news on the website!

​Address: Dreihackengasse 42​Phone: +43 316 722937​Website:

The ppc (project pop culture) with its 300 events per year is THE leading venue for pop culture in Graz. Internationally famed groups perform on two floors in the genres of „Rock“, „Indie“, „Electronic“ and „HipHop“, like Grandmaster Flash (USA), Pendulum (UK) and Frank Turner (UK).

​Address: Neubaugasse 6​Phone: +43 316 81414133​Website:
Generalmusikdirektion (GMD)

This is a former auto repair shop. Today is serves a very popular event venue, being concerts, festivals, clubbings, company parties, etc. Very popular with the locals a the regular events: „Studio 74 – Celebrate the Golden Times of Disco“ and „Body & Soul – Sexy Urban Beats“.

​Address: Grieskai 74a​Phone: +43 316 717710​Website:
Café Bar Orange

For years now the „Orange“ has been known for its international DJs, as well as for the combination of a cool cafe (breakfast served until 4 PM) and a great club. Changing concert series: Bloody Monday- Mondays from 9 PM and Club Supreme on Thursdays offer black&latin music presented by international DJs, who bring the latest music trends to Graz.

​Address: Elisabethstrasse 30​Phone: +43 676 7904630​Website:
Miles Jazz Bar

This Jazz bar offers of course live jazz concerts, but also a very wide choice of Jazz CDs including the latest novelties on the market as well as jazz standards. Great place also for whiskey lovers – make your choice out of 25 kinds of whiskey.

​Address: Mariahilferstraße 24​Phone: +43 699 10510047​Website:

Located right in the „Stadtpark“ (municipal park) in a heritage protected building the Parkhouse attracts an alternative crowd. Music until the very early morning hours not only indoors but also on the outdoor terrace guarantees wonderful summernight experiences. During the day the Parkhouse offers coffee and drinks in the shady garden.

​Address: Stadtpark 2​Phone: +43 316 827434​Website:

If there’s any bar in Graz with an authentic Caribbean-Cuban flair, then it’s Cohibar. The atmosphere is especially appealing to any visitor with its beautiful lighting, discreet South American sounds, friendly personnel and of course the customers. Busiest on Saturday nights, quieter during the week, live music on Sundays, salsa on Mondays. Popular streetside seating in summer. Those who appreciate an exclusive cigar are in the right place at Cohibar, which has more than 150 products to choose from...

​Address: Leonhardstraße 3​Phone: +43 316 337470​Website:
Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys is located in Elisabethstraße in the university quarter, a popular area for young people to meet. In this legendary basement pub the guests are 21 & over, a mix of „young but grown up". Three Monkeys has quite a bit to offer that one can not find anywhere else such as: the 26 m long bar, its own house band - the Monkeys Five - who play live every Tuesday. Mondays is bingo day & every Wednesday there is karaoke. But even without a particular occasion there is an exciting flair - until 6 in the morning!

​Address: Elisabethstraße 31​Phone: +43 699 13198103​Website:

Kulturhauskeller – a real institution in the nightlife scene in Graz with legendary atmosphere and ditto drinks, served in five bars on three levels. The music caters to all tastes Tuesdays are highlights, featuring regular concerts. Special tip: the stone oven pizzas.

​Address: Elisabethstraße 30​Phone: +43 664 1330190
Apart from sightseeing and enjoying the delicious food in Graz, this is definitly a great place for shopping. Worth knowing for ladies – this is a shoe-shopping paradise!
Kastner & Öhler

Recently totally renovated this department store was awarded „Departement store of the year 2011“. They offer the latest fashion trends of internation labels on 6 floors, as well as a beauty shop and a supermarket. Tip: have a glass of sparkling wine at the Cafe Freiblick and enjoy great views of the city.

​Address: Sackstraße 7-13​Phone: +43 316 870 0​Website:

Shopping in Herrengasse means sightseeing at the same time. Most of the shops are located in historic buildings, they tell stories of the past. While shopping watch out for the „Painted House“, the Armoury Museum or the beautiful Landhaushof. Shop for shoes, fashion, jewellery.

KNILLI Ladies & Gents

For more than 75 years Knilli Men & Women is one of the leading clothing stores in Graz. Knilli is positioned in the high-end segment for men and women and offers a wide selection of international top brands ranging from Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler, Boglioli, Brunello Cucinelli etc. Beside such well-known brands, Knilli continuously keeps an eye on new trends and promising new labels. While sipping a drink in the own bar you will enjoy a shopping trip for all senses.

​Address: Joanneumring 8​Phone: +43/316/82 54 56-10​Website:

Just off the Herrengasse, the Stempfergasse is home of known brands and local designers. This quaint little street offers a dramatic sense of fashion. Very trendy: make a stop at Frankowitsch Delikatessen and have a glass of sparkling wine and the famous Frankowitsch sandwiches.


In 2012 the first Austrian Closed Shop was openend in Graz. Closed is an international Denim-Fashion brand which cultivates a young, fresh look at everyday life. Its effortless style results from a harmonic mix of sportswear, denim, utility and fashion codes. Founded in 1978 in Italy today Closed is based in Hamburg. Apart from the Jeans and Chino lines the Closed-shop in Graz features 4 women and men collections every year.

​Address: Radetzkystrasse 8

This very old street of Graz is the first address if it comes to antiques. In former times, this street marked the end of the city. Today it is leading to the Schloßberg funicular. Watch out for antique shops, ateliers, galleries and art shops.

Lendplatz & Mariahilfer Straße

Around the „Kunsthaus“ a new design scene has been established. Great shopping for those who are looking for something extraordinary, partly produced by local designers. Fancy shop concepts in a thriving urban area. Find there brands like Heidenspaß, kwirl, Tagwerk.

Farmer’s Markets

The best way to discover the lifestyle of the locals is a visit to the farmer’s markets on Kaiser-Josef-Platz and on Lendplatz. These two markets are open daily except Sundays from 6 AM to 1 PM and showcase the variety of local vegetables, fish, meat, flowers, breads etc. Everything is produces locally and partly organic. Stop there for the famous pumpkinseedoil!

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