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Surprising Graz

Graz, Austria's second largest city, is small yet very cosmopolitan. The city boasts a young population, a large number of museums and many creative institutions. We take you on a trip to this new KLM destination.

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The Mur river roughly divides the city into east and west. The east bank of the river is home to the Altstadt, the historic city centre and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This has always been the more wealthy side of town. However, in recent decades the Lend district (on the west bank) has undergone a huge revitalization. Extensive urban renewal projects began in 2003, the year in which Graz was designated the European Capital of Culture.

Destination: Graz, Austria
KLM flight: daily from Amsterdam
Population: 280.200
Location: 150 kilometres southwest of Vienna

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The Altstadt

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The Uhrturm as a landmark

An easy landmark to help you get your bearings is the 16th century Uhrturm, a fortified watchtower that rises high above the city. From here you can look out over the old city. The city's hustle and bustle takes place under the red roof tiles of buildings with Baroque architecture. The winding streets are packed with shops and restaurants. The Schlossberg (Castle Hill) lift whisks you from the city centre to the Uhrturm in 30 seconds, or you can take the funicular to the top of the hill. Another alternative is to walk up the forested hillside.

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A real student town

With a population of 50,000 students and 6 universities, Graz is a real student town – in fact, it’s one of the most popular in Central Europe. This certainly didn't happen overnight: the town's oldest university was founded in the 16th century. The city has a lively cultural and nightlife scene. Cultural highlights of the packed festival calendar include Elevate (electronic music) and Steirischer Herbst (modern art). 

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Eggenberg Castle

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Stadtpark

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Landeszeughaus

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Kunsthaus Graz