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Graz – city with character

Styrian capital

It doesn't need a lot of words to introduce Graz: capital in the heart of Styria – the indulgence region - city of congresses and universities, cultural metropolis, attraction for gourmets, artists and flâneurs and a distinctive southern flair – that are the most important characteristics that make Graz one of Austria's most loved cities. Various awards have accounted for these facts. In the middle of the historic old town you will find the Parkhotel Graz – the first address for your business or sightseeing stay. 

Vibrant cultural capital Graz in Styria
Vibrant Graz. © Graz Tourismus, Copyright Harry Schiffer

European Capital of Culture 2003

Graz has been influenced by three European cultures and has therefore a centuries-long tradition of being an international centre of culture. Graz was Austria's first city to be names “European Capital of Culture” in 2003. Up until today Graz has been proud of this title and every visitor can witness this when experiencing the diverse cultural life in this Styrian capital. The futuristic island on the River Mur “Murinsel” was meant to be only a temporary project for 2003, but has become a permanent attraction. 

UNESCO World Heritage

The historic Graz city centre, whose history can be seen with most of the buildings from various eras and the varied architectural styles, was named UNESCO World Heritage on 1st December 1999. In 2010 the Word Heritage zone was extended to include the Eggenberg Castle west of Graz. 

City of Design

In 2011 Graz was titled “City of Design”. The great schools and universities that offer a high-standard art education have definitely contributed to its good international reputation. UNESCO has introduced the “Cities of Design” in 2004 in order to create an international network of creative cities, in which urban culture and thoughtful environmental design play an essential role. Cities that offer locals as well as guests a new level of living quality. 

Austria's capital of indulgence

Since the end of 2008 Graz has had the title “Capital of Indulgence” and has therefore been the centre of the 16 indulgence regions. Every indulgence region has distinctive culinary characteristics and the aim to focus more on regional and organic products. Austria, and Green Styria especially, is known for its unique landscapes and products. One of the partners of the Graz Indulgence Capital is “Das Florian” restaurant, where you can enjoy regional and international cuisine in a very rustic and Styrian atmosphere.

Get to know the many different aspects of Graz during your city trip. At the family-fun Parkhotel Graz you reside in an elegant ambience. Your Graz holiday starts with a no obligation holiday enquiry to the Florian family.