5 Architectural Wonders Not to Miss in Graz
Posted on February 27, 2013 by sguese
Vienna always steals the attention away from Austria’s other cities, specifically its second largest, Graz. However, Graz doesn’t seem to mind as it takes on a more relaxed tone compared to other cities in the country.
Surrounded by vineyards, mountains, forested hills and thermal springs, you might think you just stepped out of the Sound of Music. Enter the city and you will find stretches of parkland, red, red rooftops and a small river flowing in between. Throw in a few Renaissance courtyards, baroque palaces and a large student population and you have the perfect recipe for getting lost in Graz’s charms.
Begin at the Rathaus: One of Graz’s charms is the Rathaus, located in Hauptplatz, the main square of the city dating back to 1160. A renaissance wonder, the Rathaus began in 1550. At the center of the square is a fountain to Johann. It depicts four women at his feet representing four main rivers, the Mur, Enns, Drau and Jann.
Rock the Bridge at Murinsel: The main-made island bridge, Murinsel, is one of Graz’s most inventive and fun landmarks. Step on to this bridge and you can feel it shake, composed largely of metal and plastic. It locates in the middle of the Mur, making for a modern floating landmark. It also holds a café and a small stage.
Head up to Schlossbergbahn: Rising up 473 meters, Schlossbergbahn lords over Graz. It was here the original fortress that gave Graz its name came to be. You can reach Schlossbergbahn by either following a series of wooded sloped paths or taking a glass lift to the top. Once you arrive up here, be sure to check out the landscaped grounds, complete with a restaurant, bar and open-air theater.
Learn to love math at Schloss Eggenburg: Wander the grounds and structure of Schloss Eggenberg, located on the western fringes of the city, and you will find no flaw. Designed mathematically in such a way by de Pomis at the request of Johann Ulrich, the residence was ultimately created for the Eggenberg dynasty in 1625.
Visit the architecturally different Kunsthaus: Designed by British architect Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, Kunsthaus is a world-class contemporary art space. However, many don’t come here just for the art. They are here to see the design of the building, resembling a space-age sea slug of sorts. The museum hosts a number of constantly changing exhibits.
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