Graz: a passion for design

The city of Graz is the second-largest urban center in Austria and member of the UNESCO Creative Cities from 2011. Graz combines futuristic architecture with a Renaissance and medieval old center. Its name is derived from gradec, a Slavic word meaning “small fortress”.

One of the touristic attractions is The Schlossberg or “Castle Mountain”, an upper city area offering a great view of the old medieval center and of the River Mur.

Over the right side of the River, a unique building with a biomorphic shape – known locally as the Friendly Alien – is the artistic icon of the city: the Kunsthaus. The contemporary art museum, designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, made of iridescent blue acrylic panels, is a combination of architecture and media technology and is an attraction for art lovers from all over the world.

Another distinctive piece of architecture is the Mur Island, a floating structure in the middle of the river with an open-air area for performances and relaxing time and a trendy café in white and blue colors.


Graz is a place where you can find a variety of culture just around every corner.


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