Graz Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Graz

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.
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Guide Name: Graz Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Graz (See other walking tours in Graz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: ashley
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Kunsthaus

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

2) 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.
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The Styrian Folklore Museum

3) The Styrian Folklore Museum

Established in 1913 by Viktor von Geramb, the Styrian Folklore Museum is situated in a former Capuchin monastery on Paulustorgasse. The museum possesses large collections of household objects, farm equipment, traditional clothing, and exhibits on rural living. The Styrian Folklore Museum is also the location of the famous "Rauchstube."

Operation Hours: March to November: Wednesday – Friday: 4 pm – 8 pm; Saturday - Sunday and public holidays: 2 pm – 6 pm; December to March 19 2015: closed; March 20 - January 6 2016: Wednesday – Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm
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Diocese Museum

4) 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.
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Landeszeughaus

5) 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.

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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

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.
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
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
Graz Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Graz Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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
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
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