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Tourist Attractions in Graz

The most interesting and beautiful tourist sites in Graz

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About Graz

Austria’s Graz can compete with glittering Vienna and operatic Salzburg, although it is less well known and popular with tourists. In Graz, travellers will enjoy the architectural beauties of the imperial period, as well as the distant history of the Middle Ages at Schlosberg Castle and the ruins of Gösting Fortress.

The federal state of Styria, whose capital is Graz, is known for its excellent wines. Connoisseurs note that local varieties are very creative and original. They can be tasted in all restaurants and bars of the city.

Graz has become known to the general public thanks to the fact that A. Schwarzenegger, the idol of several generations, actor, bodybuilder and businessman, was born and grew up here.

Top-15 Tourist Attractions in Graz


111 reviews
City Hall, located on the central Hauptplatz square. The town hall, in the style of restrained classicism, was erected in 1803. It should be noted that the architectural development of Hauptplatz dates back to an earlier period, so the town hall can be considered a relatively new building. The central square is the venue for the traditional Christmas fairs. In normal times, it is also home to colourful stalls selling local specialities.
Open time
Monday: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Grazer Landhaus

642 reviews
A Venetian-style mansion with exterior boxes and courtyard in the Renaissance style, worked on by the architects D. del Allio and B. di Bosio. The building was rebuilt under the direction of these Italian masters in the 16th century. The Landhaus was intended for the meetings of the local parliament. The legislative assembly of the city is still located there today. The interiors are in Baroque style and richly decorated with stucco.
Open time
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours


19607 reviews
The fortress is situated on a hill 450 metres high. It is famous throughout Europe for the fact that it has never been taken during a siege since its foundation in the 12th century. The city of Graz was once the central city of the Austrian lands, so the castle was necessary for defence purposes. On the Castle Hill is the 28 metre high Urturm clock tower. On all four facades of the tower there is a clock face. The tower’s chronometer has been in operation since the beginning of the 18th century.

Schloss Eggenberg

4578 reviews
A magnificent 17th century palace, one of the main attractions of Graz and the surrounding area. The castle was built for Prince Eggenberg, an advisor to Emperor Ferdinand II, who had great influence at court. The nobleman was seriously interested in astrology, so the architect D.P. de Pomis designed the castle in the style of “Renaissance harmony”. The building has four towers – symbols of the seasons, 52 rooms – the number of weeks in a year, 24 common halls, which corresponds to the number of hours in a day.
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Burgruine Gösting

76 reviews
A few kilometres from Graz lies the once powerful Gösting Castle, which covered the approaches to the suburbs and was an important strategic structure. The castle was built in the 11th century and stood until the 18th century, when a lightning strike completely destroyed its powerful walls. The lightning struck the gunpowder storehouse and as a result of the powerful explosion Gösting was reduced to ruins. Only St Anne’s Chapel survived.

Kunsthaus Graz

4602 reviews
Museum 2003, which houses a collection of contemporary art from the second half of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st centuries. The building was designed by architects P. Cook and C. Fournier. From afar, the futuristic structure resembles a giant submarine or a whale. The museum does not have its own permanent exposition. Its space is used to organise temporary exhibitions devoted to cinema, photography, modern architecture, painting and design.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


1911 reviews
The building for the armoury was erected in the 17th century according to the design of A. Solari. The armoury was used to store stocks of weapons that were to be distributed to the population in case of a sudden enemy attack. Now on its territory are stored several thousand shotguns, rifles pistols, cannons and other firearms. Also in the arsenal there are halls with armour and tournament weapons of knights.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum

2347 reviews
Austrian Graz is the birthplace of the famous American actor A. Schwarzenegger. In 2011, a museum was opened for fans of the work of this extraordinary man on the territory of the very house where Arnold was born and spent his younger years. This small mansion is located on Lake Tal in the village of the same name. The museum exhibition consists of the actor’s personal belongings, original furnishings, and artefacts from the most famous films where Arnold starred.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 2:30 – 5:00 PM

Oper Graz

2998 reviews
The building for the Graz Opera House was erected in the 19th and 20th centuries near the city park. Since the 17th century, theatre performances were given in the carriage barn of the Habsburg residence. The first theatre was built in 1776. It is known that W.A. Mozart himself performed his works in it. Later the theatre was given to the drama stage, which is still in operation today. The modern opera house is built in neo-Baroque style.

Graz Cathedral

782 reviews
The main Catholic church of Graz, an architectural monument of the 15th century. The construction of the church began simultaneously with the construction of the castle for Emperor Frederick III. In the XVI century the church became the property of the Jesuit order. The church has served as the cathedral of Graz since the 18th century. In the 20th century the interior was restored under the direction of C.R. Lorenz.
Open time
Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:45 PM
Saturday: 6:15 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Mariatrost Basilica

1140 reviews
The church is located on top of a hill that rises almost 500 metres above the city. The church is an important pilgrimage centre in Austria. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century in a late Baroque architectural style. The main facade consists of two symmetrical 60 metre towers and the main entrance portal. The interiors are characterised by opulent decoration in the best traditions of the Baroque style.
Open time
Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Free Christian Community - Pentecostal Church

29 reviews
The largest Catholic church in Graz. The building is built in the picturesque Late Gothic style, characterised by a high central nave and shaped stained glass windows. The church was erected in 1887 according to the project of G. Hauberrisser. In 1988 it was reconstructed. The church is considered to be the third largest in Austria. Its unique stained glass windows are a rare element that is not typical of church construction in Styria.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 9:30 – 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Mausoleum Kaiser Ferdinands II.

238 reviews
The family tomb of the Habsburg dynasty, built in the 17th century on the site of religious buildings. The mausoleum was designed by the Italian D.P. de Pomis, so it has some features of Florentine architecture. Later, under Leopold I, the grandson of Ferdinand II, the complex was finally completed. The Emperor himself and his mother Maria of Bavaria are buried in the crypt.
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3826 reviews
An entertainment complex located on an artificial island in the middle of the River Moor. The structure is connected to the banks by bridges. Murinsel has a restaurant, a children’s zone “Adventure Island” and an amphitheatre under a glass dome. All the structures of the complex are mounted on a mobile platform that is able to move along the river. The space of Murinsel is designed for 350 people.
Open time
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM


A city street unofficially named “Art Mile” because of the large number of art workshops, exhibition galleries, studios and art cafes. It is also home to several shops selling antiques and jewellery. Sackstrasse Alley is best visited before Christmas, as the street decorations are at their most picturesque at this time.