Graz Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Graz (Self Guided)

Named the Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003, Graz is well known for a number of new buildings, including the Civic Exhibition Hall (Stadthalle), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kunstmuseum), the Island in the Mur, and the Children's Museum. These and many other buildings are among the city's highlights. Take this self-guided tour to explore the impressive modern architecture of Graz.
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Graz Modern Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Graz Modern Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Graz (See other walking tours in Graz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: ashley
Cafe Aiola Upstairs

1) Cafe Aiola Upstairs

Designed by Siegfried Frank and Michael Rieper, Cafe Aiola is considered one of Graz's great urban spaces. The cafe is a transparent space, surrounded by a beautiful terrace. It was created using just a few elements: a simple flat roof rests on steel uprights and beautiful high glass walls separate the bar from the service area.
Lift im Berg

2) 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.
The Island in the Mur

3) 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.

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Mursteg Footbridge

4) 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.

5) 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.

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6) Jakominiplatz

Constructed between 1786 and 1820, parts of Jakominiplatz were originally sold for housing. Today, the character of the square has changed. Jakominiplatz was redesigned in 1996 by architects Jörg and Ingrid Mayer. The square is now illuminated with hundreds of lights, giving the space a "big city" feel. It is named after Kaspar Andreas Ritter von Jacomini.
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Light Sword

7) Light Sword

Designed and constructed by Graz architect Hartmut Skerbisch, the Light Sword is one of the most remarkable and recognizable landmarks of Graz. Even though the Light Sword is not a building but a sculptural installation, it is still considered to be an important example of new fusion architecture in Graz. The Light Sword is situated next to the Opera House. It was constructed in 1992 for Autumn Festival. Inspired by the Statue of Liberty in New York, Hertmut Skerbisch designed its prototype, which is the same height as the real model.

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.
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: 1.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The Old Town in Graz is one of the best preserved city districts in Central Europe. Recently, in 1999, Old Graz was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. The main landmarks and most notable monuments in Graz are situated in this part of the city. Take this walk to learn more about beautiful Old Graz.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Places of Worship Walking Tour in Graz

Places of Worship Walking Tour in Graz

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
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
Graz Nightlife Walking Tour

Graz Nightlife Walking Tour

Nightlife in Graz is a great experience. The city is a paradise for party goers and those who like to listen to different kinds of music, such as hip-hop, drum & bass, R&B, and house. You can choose from a great variety of nightclubs to suit your musical tastes. The following walking tour will guide you through the best nightlife spots in Graz.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Religious Buildings Tour in Graz

Religious Buildings Tour in Graz

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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Graz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Graz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Graz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.