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       Austria's second biggest city


Graz is the second biggest city in Austria, and located in the South Eastern part of the country as capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark).


The city with 290.000 inhabitants has a long tradition in being a good place for students. There are six universities with over 40.000 students. Graz was also the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003, and has one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. In 1999 the city centre of Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites.


The name Graz comes from Gradec, which was the first name of the city. Gradec comes from the Slavic language and means "small castle". The castle of Gradec was a strong fortress in that time. The German name "Graz" was used the first time in 1128.

There are a lot of different festivales in Graz through the whole year such as the "Styriate", "Styrian Autumn" (Steirischer Herbst), "Jazz Summer", "La Strada", or "Classics in the City". Most of the festivals can be visitited for free.

The artificial Mur island on the Mur river. There is a stylish bar inside.

The city area of Graz is subdivided in 17 city districts which have its own names: Innere Stadt, St. Leonhard, Geidorf, Lend, Gries, Jakomini, Liebenau, St. Peter, Waltendorf, Ries, Mariatrost, Andritz, Gösting, Eggenberg, Wetzelsdorf, Strassgang and Puntigam.

The Mur island on the Mur river from another view.

The way up the Schlossberg to the clock tower.

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