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
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.