What to do and see in Graz?

Graz, the picturesque capital of Styria in south-eastern Austria, is small and thus convenient enough to explore by foot and public transport. While these are some suggestions for explorations in your spare time, some of these sights will also be explored as part of the guided tour offered during the symposium:

Hauptplatz (Main Square)/City Hall is a suitable starting point for reaching the city’s main attractions, including the many scenic buildings and courtyards of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heading up the cobbled pedestrianized shopping street of Sporgasse, one arrives at the Steirisches Volksliedwerk, a leading local archival institution for the promotion of Styrian folk-music and -dance (https://www.steirisches-volksliedwerk.at/). If turning right at Hofgasse, opposite the archive, one reaches Graz Cathedral. Back down at Main Square, on the way to Schlossberg hill, it is worth paying a visit to the Graz Museum (https://www.grazmuseum.at/) on Sackstraße, which displays the city’s history and urban development. At Schlossberg, if climbing the 260 steps to the summit, one reaches the Clock Tower, the 16th-century Medieval tower and city emblem that boasts unrivalled views of Graz and the surrounding area. As an alternative to climbing stairs, visitors can avail of the Schlossbergbahn panoramic funicular. Afterwards, why not cross the river Mur and visit the Kunsthaus modern art museum (http://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/kunsthaus-graz/your-visit/admission.html)? From there, the LendplatzMarket (Mon-Sat, 06.00am to 01.00pm) is not far, and boasts the delicious produce of local farmers. Its pendant on the other side of the Mur is Kaiser-Josef-Market (same opening hours), next to Graz Opera House.

For more detailed information, see: https://www.graztourismus.at/en

A tip for all those interested in Austrian folk culture:

The annual Aufsteirern Festival (https://www.aufsteirern.at/), one of the biggest events celebrating folk culture, music and dance in Austria, takes place in Graz from 16 – 18 September 2022 (the weekend following the 2022 ESEM Meeting).