Graz Museums Walking Tour, 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: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"

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: Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10.00-18.00;
Thu: 10.00-21.00;
Monday: closed
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Museum of the Castle Garrison

3) Museum of the Castle Garrison

The Museum of the Castle Garrison is one of the city’s largest and it provides a great opportunity to explore the military history of Graz, the site of many battles and sieges, from the middle ages through the Napoleonic wars. Its military exhibits include an extensive collection of Austrian uniforms.
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The Styrian Folklore Museum

4) 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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Hans Gross Criminological Museum

5) Hans Gross Criminological Museum

This Museum was established by criminologist Hans Gross at the University of Graz in 1912. At the time of its opening, the Criminological Museum was the only one of its kind. Gross is regarded as a founder of scientific criminology and this museum was the apogee of his efforts to establish criminology as an academic subject. Visitors can see some 3000 objects related to over 1000 criminal cases.

Operation Hours: Monday (except holidays): 10 am - 3 pm; Wednesday (except holidays): 10 am - 1 pm; by appointment at other times
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Diocese Museum

6) 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 - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm
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Landeszeughaus

7) 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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"

Operation Hours: Monday: 10 am - 5 pm; 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.
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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Old Town Walk

Old Town 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: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 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
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 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
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

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.