The cultural attractions of Graz in Austria

Graz, the second largest city of Austria, is regarded as on of the most appeasing and relaxing spot of the country, encompassing incredible the beauty of nature and fascinating mountains and vineyards. It has a population of 265,318 as of 1 January 2012.

Graz has been known as a student city as there are 6 universities that have more than 40,000 students at the present time. The old town of the city is well-preserved in its real form and it was also added to the UNESCO list in 1999 as a part of World Heritage for having buildings of different architectures and designs, mostly dating back to the 18th century.

There are several sights to visit in the old town, some of which are elaborated as follows; Rathaus is a the Town Hall, Uhrturm is a clock tower and symbol of the city, Museum of Art also known as Neue Galerie, Schloßberg and The building called The Landhaus. If you have plenty of time to explore the old town, you must visit the Opernahaus, which is the second largest opera house in the entire Austria.

You can enjoy watching ballet dancers performing beautifully and feel the difference in the theatre. There is also a cathedral, Dom, a monument presenting a unique architecture of old centuries. Next to the Gothic cathedral is Mausoleum, it also contains grave of Ferdinand II. His wife was also buried next to him.

Painted house ‘Gemaltes Haus’ displays real beauty, it was painted by Johann Mayer. Numerous frescos are covering the house. The Museum of Modern Art is also amazing with unique collection of paintings, artwork, and calligraphy and if you love water, Murinsel will add more fun to your day trip.