Top 5 attractions in Styria
Below is a selection of the most popular and most beautiful attractions in Styria:
1. Graz Clock Tower
2. The Grazer Glockenspiel
3. Grazer Dom
4. Painted House
5. Mur Island
The Graz Clock Tower is a 28 meter high tower, on the Schlossberg. It is regarded as a landmark of the city of Graz. The core of the Graz Clock Tower comes most likely from the 13th century. First mentions of the tower were as part of the fortress, in the year 1265. On each of the four sides of the tower is a large dial with a diameter of more than five meters.
Let’s Dance! In the square bearing the same name, the Grazer chimes displays a sweet girl and a boy in traditional colourful costume that turn and dance there three times a day (11.00, 15.00 and 18.00) The 24 bells of the cheerful toy chimes sound in three different melodies. A delightful and romantic drama!
The Grazer Cathedral is a must for any sightseeing tour in Graz. Inside the cathedral there is a large variety of historical and ecclesiastical treasures to discover. The time of the imperial city of Graz, is still evident in the church. Kaiser Friedrich III, made his residence in Graz. The course of history brought with it changes for the Church. The parish church was converted into late Gothic style in 1438, as Ordens Church ended the Jesuits at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century
The Painted House is a must-see! Greek and Roman gods are visible to see on the colourful facade of the Herzoghofs in the centre of Graz. The house got its first painting in the year 1600. Anyone walking down the Herrengasse, can easily take a look into the Pantheon. The facade of the house was painted in 1742 by Johann Mayer, a Baroque painter. The Habsburgs were even here until the second half of the 15th century with their governors and reigning prince of Steiermark.
Island or ship? It won’t be that easy to decide when you see the extravagant steel construction of the US-American artist Vito Acconci. The Mur River in Graz was made on the occasion of the European Capital of Culture in year 2003. It is a link between the river and the city. The curved, rotated shape is reminiscent of a semi-open shell. In the open part is a wavy blue series of benches which are an arena for events of all kinds. Under the domed, water cooled glass roof is the possibility to enjoy a coffee. Between cafe and arena there is a three-dimensional maze and a slide, an island adventure for children.