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Graz Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Graz

The city center of Graz – mainly in and around the Hauptplatz (main square) – is an excellent area that combines modernity and ancient traditional architecture inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. Take this self-guided walk to explore the city's main landmarks and monuments – from the enchanting ensemble formed by the Dom (Cathedral), the Mausoleum, and the Katharinenkirche to the fascinatingly contrasting Kunsthaus and Murinsel (both built in 2003). This area also boasts great brand stores, eateries, historical churches, chestnut sellers (!), cafes, uber restaurants, offices, as well as small shops and marts. Stroll on the many cobbled pathways and enjoy!
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Graz Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Graz Introduction Walk
Guide Location: Austria » Graz (See other walking tours in Graz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: ashley
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Dom
  • Mausoleum
  • Katharinenkirche
  • Burg
  • Diocese Museum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Landhaus
  • Landeszeughaus
  • Gemaltes Haus
  • Rathaus
  • Stiegenkirche
  • Franziskanerkirche
  • Kunsthaus
  • Mariahilferkirche
  • Mursteg Footbridge
  • The Island in the Mur
  • Dreifaltigkeitskirche
  • City Museum
  • Lift im Berg
  • Uhrturm

1) Dom (must see)

The Dom, or Graz Cathedral, is said to stand on the location of an older church, which stood for more than 800 years. Emperor Frederick III built this beautiful cathedral, together with his wonderful residence in the city. Once, the exterior of the cathedral was covered with frescoes; one of the few that remains is the "picture of plagues" which depicts disasters that struck the city in 1480. The interior of the cathedral combines Gothic architecture with Baroque furnishings created by some of the finest local and foreign artists.

2) Mausoleum (must see)

The Mausoleum is the final resting place of Emperor Ferdinand II. Its construction was begun in 1614 under the direction of Ferdinand's Italian court painter, Giovanni Pietro de Pomis. The oval dome of the Mausoleum was the first of its kind built outside of Italy. The Mausoleum houses the remains of Emperor Ferdinand, his wife, his mother and one of his sons. Construction of the Mausoleum was incomplete at the time of Ferdinand's death in 1637 and it was not completed until the time of his grandson, Emperor Leopold I.

3) Katharinenkirche

Katharinenkirche (St. Catherine's Church), together with the Mausoleum, form a beautiful architectural ensemble. The church was designed by architect Giovanni Pietro de Pomis in 1614. The Katharinenkirche building is one of the most important mannerist buildings in Austria.

4) Burg (must see)

The Burg is a beautiful castle, situated in Old Town Graz. The castle was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I in 1499. It remained the seat of the inner Austrian court until 1619. The Burg contains a very unusual double-spiral staircase, called the Wendeltreppe. Today, the Castle serves as the seat for the governor of Styria.
Diocese Museum

5) Diocese Museum

The Diocese Museum invites its visitors to explore the history of and the present situation in Christianity. This museum's permanent collections contain many beautiful sacred artifacts. The Diocese Museum also organizes special education programs for children on regular basis.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm.

6) Glockenspiel (must see)

The Glockenspiel is a beautiful musical clock that was installed in the house of Mr. Gottfried Simon Maurer in 1903. Three times a day, at 11am, 3pm, and 6pm, a carillon plays three different melodies and wooden statues of a couple in beautiful traditional costumes dance in the gable windows.

7) Landhaus (must see)

Located in Herrengasse, in the heart of Graz, the Landhaus was constructed in 1557 by Italian architect Domenico dell’Aglio. It was built to house the Styrian estates (parliament), and is still used for this purpose. The interior of Landhaus is decorated with beautiful Baroque furnishings. The session hall, called the Landstube, is famous for its stucco ceilings, designed by Johann Angelo Formentini. Also worth visiting is the Landhaus chapel, built in 1630-31.

8) Landeszeughaus (must see)

The Landeszeughaus is the largest existing original armoury in the whole world and attracts visitors from all over the world. It holds approximately 32,000 pieces of weaponry, tools, suits of armour for battle and ones for parades. The Landeszeughaus was built from 1642-1645 by a tyrolean architect called Antonio Solar.

Styria desperately needed such a large armoury to host a massive amount of weaponry and armour for the defence of Styria against the invading Ottoman Empire. There was a defensive perimeter, 100 km south of Graz in nowadays Croatia/Hungary to defend Styria against the Turks. The weapons stored in the Landeszeughaus were needed in order to equip the soldiers at this perimeter.

After about 100 years in use, Austrian empress Maria Theresia wanted to close down the armoury, because she centralised the defence of Austria. She wanted to bring all the weapons and armour to Vienna. Nevertheless the Styrian Estates managed to plead for the ongoing existence of the Styrian Armoury and if not for active use at least as a symbol for their struggle against the Turks and also for their achievements in defending not only Styria but Austria alike.

Operation Hours: Monday; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; November - March: admission only with guided tour: Monday and Wednesday – Sunday: 1pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Gemaltes Haus

9) Gemaltes Haus

Gemaltes Haus ("painted house") is located in Herrengasse 3. The house is completely covered with frescos. They were made in 1742 by Johann Mayer.
Sight description based on wikipedia

10) Rathaus (must see)

Designed by famous architects Wielemans and Reuter, the Rathaus (Town Hall) was completed in 1893. It is not only the seat of the city administration and mayor, but also features a beautiful open-air cafe and a number of shops. It is considered to be one of the most romantic places in Graz. Many wedding ceremonies take place here.

11) Stiegenkirche (must see)

Stiegenkirche (Church of the Stairs) is a Roman Catholic church situated in Sporgasse. The church is located in the oldest part of Graz and was originally the monastery church of the Augustinian Hermits. It was rebuilt between 1613 and 1628, but the original staircase, which now gives the church its name, was preserved.

12) Franziskanerkirche (must see)

Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church), located in Franziskanerplatz, is considered to be one of the oldest churches in Graz. The church and monastery were begun around 1239 and were finally completed around 1277. The Franziskanerkirche bell, dating to 1272, is also one of the oldest bells in city. On entering Franziskanerkirche, the visitors are impressed by the harmonious combination of Gothic architecture and 20th century works of art.

13) Kunsthaus (must see)

The Kunsthaus was built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003 and has since become an architectural landmark in Graz. Its exhibition program specializes in contemporary art of the last four decades. Its unusual form differs radically from conventional exhibition contexts, many of which maintain the traditions of the modernist "White Cube". The team of architects used an innovative stylistic idiom, known as blob architecture within the historical ambiance of the Murvorstadt. Thus, the gigantic building affectionately called the "Friendly Alien" by its creators Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, in form and material, stands out consciously against the surrounding baroque roof landscape with its red clay roofing tiles but nevertheless integrates the façade of the 1847 iron house.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia

14) Mariahilferkirche (must see)

Mariahilferkirche (Church of Our Lady of Succor), located in Mariahilferplatz, dates back to the 17th century and was designed by Giovanni Pietro de Pomis in the Baroque style. The twin towers of the church were constructed in 1742. The interior of the church is simple but beautiful.
Mursteg Footbridge

15) Mursteg Footbridge

Constructed in 1992 by Günther Domenig and Hermann Eisenköck, the Mursteg Footbridge is a strikingly modern steel suspension bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. It connects the two shores of the Mur River, showing a notable elevation difference. The bridge is a blend of innovative engineering and aesthetic design.
The Island in the Mur

16) The Island in the Mur (must see)

The Murinsel, or the Island in the Mur, is actually not an island at all, but an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur river. This landmark was designed by New York artist Vito Acconci on the occasion of Graz becoming the 2003 European Capital of Culture. The building in the form of a giant seashell measures 50m in length by 20m in width. Two footbridges connect it with the opposite banks of the Mur. The center of the platform forms an amphitheater. Below a twisted round dome are a café and a playground.
Sight description based on wikipedia

17) Dreifaltigkeitskirche

Dreifaltigkeitskirche (Holy Trinity Church) is a Roman Catholic church, which is located between Schlossbergplatz and Murkai in Sackstrasse. The church was built in the Italian Baroque style between 1694 and 1704. Adjoining the church are a monastery and school. The church is located just a few minutes walk from the Murinsel.
City Museum

18) City Museum

Situated on Sackstrasse, the City Museum is one of the most famous museums of Graz. It chronicles the city's history, as well as features photo exhibitions by such talented artists as Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Theodore Kollek, Erich Fried and Sir Karl Popper.

Operation hours: Thursday - Tuesday: 10.00-18.00; Wednesday: 10.00-20.00.
Lift im Berg

19) Lift im Berg

Reiner Schmid, architect of "Dom im Berg," designed the speediest means to reach the top of the Castle Mountain (Schlossberg), the glass-enclosed elevator known as the "lift im Berg." To construct the lift, which has a rise of 77 meters, 5,000 cubic meters of material were removed from the mountain.

20) Uhrturm (must see)

The Uhrturm (Clock Tower) is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Graz. Situated on the top of Schlossberg (castle mountain), the tower was first constructed in the 13th century; the current version dates to the mid-16th century and the clockworks where added in 1712. Three bells ring from the Clock Tower. Couples often come here to enjoy the beautiful panoramic views. Near the Uhrturm there is a café with views over the old town.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Graz, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Graz

Create Your Own Walk in Graz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Graz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Churches I

Historical Churches I

The city of Graz contains many beautiful historic churches and cathedrals. Built over many centuries, they are true gems that should not be missed. Most of the churches in Graz are architecturally and/or historically significant and are well worth visiting. Take this self-guided tour to learn more about the churches of Graz.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Graz Art Galleries Tour

Graz Art Galleries Tour

Graz, named the European Capital of Culture for 2003, offers a great selection of different art galleries that are definitely worth visiting. Exhibits of modern art and the works of medieval masters can be found just a few footsteps apart. Take this self-guided tour to explore wonderful art galleries of Graz.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Graz Museums Walking Tour

Graz Museums Walking Tour

The city of Graz hosts many wonderful museums. Perhaps your interest will be caught by one of the exhibitions at the City Museum, or maybe the Hans Gross Criminological Museum is more your style. Whatever your interests, you will find something to engage them on this self-guided tour exploring the fascinating museums of Graz.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Historical Churches II

Historical Churches II

Graz is the home of a great number of beautiful churches, cathedrals, and other religious buildings. The churches of Graz combine many different architectural styles, including Neorenaissance, Gothic, and Baroque, and are of great interest to students and lovers of European architecture. Take this tour to explore the beautiful and historic churches and synagogues of Graz.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles