Weekend Trip to Graz Austria
26 July @ 12:00 am - 28 July @ 5:00 am BSTFree
When it comes to Austria, most people think about Vienna or Salzburg, but they are missing another jewel in the crown of this now small country, once heart of a huge empire. Graz, Austria’s second largest city.
Situated at the southeastern border of the alps but accessible through a nice low airway, Graz is a wonderful town full of history, great restaurants and culture. Perfect for a weekend trip.
Patrick Lienhart, a local PPLIR member, has kindly offered to host us, show us around and give us the sense of Graz. This will take place on the weekend from 26th to 28th of July. We will assemble on Friday evening for a welcome dinner, spend Saturday on a guided tour of the City followed by more food, and then return… or head on to some other destinations located conveniently close to Graz such as: LIPV Venice, LJPZ Portoroz, LJMB Maribor (6 Landings for 26€), LOWZ Zell am See etc…
Please register early as there is no charge. We will share costs, like food and museum entrances after the event.
Summary: Good food, a vibrant student town, historic (UNESCO World Heritage) sights everywhere, shopping, coffeshops, pedestrian areas, architecture, culture…
Cultural influence from north and south, lots of outdoor sitting/eating, beer gardens…
Apart from the inner city the area offers outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, golf, skiing (in the Alps bordering the city to the north) and plenty of excellent cuisine, relaxation and wine in the vineyards bordering Graz towards the south.
Graz Airport, handling ca. 1 Million passengers a year, is comprised of all forms of aviation, from gliders and parachutists to flight training, private SEP and MEP aircraft, business jets, plenty of airline conncections and the occasional widebody freighter. Cheap fuel and a 5+1 landing package for 26€ is available just 10 flying minutes south of Graz at Maribor LJMB.
Thanks to major renovations it is one of the most aesthetic and efficient regional airports in the world, and by the way, the main terminal building is shaped like a giant wing, an architectural homage to flying. You will appreciate the “relaxed” and discreet separate crew/pilot channel allowing airside access within seconds.
Graz enjoys a rich history, yet is at the same time bursting with modern life. It would not be an exaggeration to describe Graz as a city of opposites: its magnificent buildings bear witness to over 850 years of architecture in the city, such as the Landhaus, also home to the Styrian Armoury and its 30,000 weapons and suits of armour, the cathedral and the mausoleum, Schloss Eggenberg and the Grazer Burg with its double-spiral staircase. These ancient edifices merge in unique harmony with state-of-the-art works by internationally renowned architects, some from the Graz School, such as for example the Kunsthaus Graz, Joanneumsviertel or the greenhouses in theBotanical Gardens.
Six universities, the biggest medieval historic city centre in Europe (a UNESCO World Heritage site), a lively cabaret and comedy scene, outstanding restaurants and bars, casino, the Grazer Messe trade fair centre and much more.
Without a doubt, one of the most important years for Graz recently was 2003: the city was chosen by the EU cultural ministers as “Europe Capital of Culture 2003”, and presented a brilliant and diverse programme that attracted visitors from all over the world, with enduring success. The year of cultural events and exhibitions put Graz firmly back on the map, so that today the city is mentioned in the same breath as Vienna and Salzburg.
Facts and Figures about Graz
- Residents (ca. 300.000)
- Universities – 6 universities | 2 polytechnics
- Students in Graz – over 50,000
- Total area – 127.5 km² (of which 50 % green area)
- Sea level – 353 m
- Geographical location- 47°05′ degrees northern latitude, 15°26′ eastern longitude
- Museums – 34
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