By Cynthia Flaggl
When people think of Austria, they always think of Vienna and Salzburg. It’s not so often that they think of Graz. But they definitely should! Because Graz is one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Austria, and I am not just saying that because I am from Graz. Over the past few years Graz has become a very modern city, which offers its visitors a variety of possibilities during their holidays.
Graz for Cultural Lovers
Graz can call itself a “City of Design” since UNESCO has declared Graz to be part of its “Creative Cities”. And honestly, Graz is pretty proud about this fact. But I have to admit, Graz definitely deserves this title!
“City of Design”
When you are in Graz, it is a MUST to take a stroll through the picturesque and charming old city centre. I promise you, you will experience a unique mix of old and new architecture. There are beautiful buildings from the gothic, renaissance, baroque and art nouveau eras, as well as plenty in contemporary style.
But Graz offers more than just architecture! Do you like to go shopping? Well, if the answer is YES, you definitely have to pay a visit to the department store Kastner & Öhler! Shopping at Kastner & Öhler is not just about buying things, it really is an experience to shop in this special atmosphere and admire the amazing interior. There is a reason why Kastner & Öhler earned the title “Department Store of the year” in 2011. And if you are a bit tired after walking through the old city centre and shopping, visit the café “Freiblick by Eckstein” on the 8th floor at Kastner & Öhler. This café offers you more than just coffee and apple strudel. You can enjoy the amazing roof terrace with the skywalk, which provides you a unique view over the old city centre, the Schlossberg and the main square.
Dining in Graz
If you love to enjoy good food and wine within an incredible atmosphere, then let me tell you about this one special event in Graz, which you absolutely have to attend: the so called “Long Table of Graz” !
The “Long Table” takes place at the main square in Graz around mid-August every year since 2010. The whole main square turns into a giant open air restaurant for about 700 guests. At the “Long Table” you enjoy a delicious 5-course-menu, cooked by 27 chefs from different restaurants in Graz, in the heart of the city centre. You will experience a festively decorated table, delicious food and wines and entertainment. And believe me, I have been there, you will never experience something like this anywhere else. To sit there, in the heart of Graz, under the sky, at this festively decorated table, enjoying delicious food and wines together with an amazing view off the Schlossberg und the clock tower is just indescribable!!
So, after telling you all these things about my beloved hometown, there is only one thing left to say: “GRAZ IS DEFINITELY WORTH A TRIP!”
Tags: Cities, Culture, Food & Wine