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“Not worth visiting at all”
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Philadelphia
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80 reviews
249 helpful votes
“Not worth visiting at all”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2010

I spent a whole day here and it was a waste of time. The town doesn't compare to Quebec city or Strassburg. What looks like a castle above the city is actually a clock tower and few houses sitting on the big rock in the middle of downtown. The view from there is pretty, there is even a small rose garden on the top, but still not worth making a trip here. There are plenty of other old German, Austrian, and Italian towns to visit that are much nicer than this. Even if you are a modern art and architecture fan, still not enough to see here.

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Graz, Austria
1 review
9 helpful votes
“Top Ten Sights of Graz”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2010

What you definitly must have seen when you are going to visit Graz:

Uhrturm / Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is the traditional landmark of the city. The clockwork in the 28-metre high tower has struck the hour precisely since 1712. From this wonderful symbol of Graz you have a fantastic view over the city.

Landhaus courtyard
The arcaded inner courtyard of the Landhaus is a masterpiece of the Italien Renaissance.

Armoury
Directly next to the Landhaus you can find the Armoury, which is the most important arsenal in Inner Austria and today the largest historical collection of weapons in the world, containing more than 30 000 exhibits.

Burg/Double Winding Staircase
A masterpiece of stone masonry from the end of the Gothic period. Today the Burg is the seat of the Styrian regional parliament.

Cathedral
Kaiser Friedrich III built the cathedral as court church between 1438 and 1464. To the left, on the south wall of the cathedral you can see the "picture of plagues", depicting the three plagues (the Black Death, the Turks and locusts) which afflicted Styria in the annus horribilis of 1480.

Mausoleum
It is situated next to the cathedral and is the most significant Habsburg tomb in terms of art history. It was planned by Giovanni Pietro de Pomis.

Glockenspiel
At 11 am, 3 pm and 6 pm, two windows open and a pair of carved wodden figures in traditional costume dance to the sound of the Glockenspiel.

Kunsthaus Graz
The architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier designed the spectacular Kunsthaus in the year 2003 when Graz has been cultural capital.
The Kunsthaus houses temporary exhibitions, the "Camera Austria" (photographic exhibitions) and a restaurant.

Murinsel / Island in the river
Like the Kunsthaus it was also built in the year 2003 - It was designed by artist Vito Acconci and takes the form of a floating shell linked by footbridges to the banks on either side of the river Mur. It houses a café and an amphitheatre.

Schloss Eggenberg / Castle Eggenberg
A journey into the universe. Time made into a work of architecure. In 1625 Prince Johann Ulrich von Eggenberg built a palace themed around macrocosmic symbolism: four towers for the seasons, 12 gates for the months and 365 windows for the days of the year. The castle is part of the Universalmuseum Joanneum and besides the state rooms you can also visit the Alte Galerie, the numismatic collection, the magnificent planetary garden with a wonderful park and the Archeology museum.

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9 Thank JuliaDuernberger
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Belgrade
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5 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Amazing city, great hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2009

If you're in Austria, you should definitely visit Graz. It’s a city with several universities, which means lots of young, joyful people on the streets at all times. Even the famous scientist Nikola Tesla studied there in 19th century.
We were there last spring; stayed in Hotel Mercure which is within walking distance to the old town center, situated on the other side of the Mur River, by just crossing the pedestrian bridge. It is one perfect 4 star hotel with spacious rooms; pleasant, very clean and well run. Town architecture is amazing. It's an eclectic mix of old and new ranging from Gothic to Contemporary, and a very successful one.
People are generally friendly.
Plenty of excellent local restaurants in the center, as well as small food kiosks with different kinds of sausages on the street for a quick snack. Make sure you don’t miss the coffee shop placed in the middle of the Mur River. Also, pay attention to the young designers' shops and art galleries while strolling. There are also several museums to be visited. Do not miss hiking to the Schloßberg Fortress overseeing the whole town. You'll experience one amazing view.
All in all, Graz is perfect for a weekend getaway with friends.

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Slovenia
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6 reviews
8 helpful votes
“Little but cosmopolitan city Graz in Austria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2009

I was very suprised that such a small city as Graz has so many attractions, sucha as:museums,galleries mostly I liked Kunsthaus a gallery of modern art and the beauthiful castle Schlossenberg and the artificial island on the river Mura.

With its diversity of cafes,restaurants from typical styrian cuisine to modern and trendy restaurants,japanese,chinese,indian,thai,italian,etc,......
The people in Graz are very hospitable to tourists.
I also enjoyed when I came to Graz.
It"s easy to come from one part of the city to another with tram.

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Marysville, Washington
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8 reviews
17 helpful votes
“Best kept secret in Austria”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2008

We visited Graz in late April and can't say enough about the city. We had one full day to tour the city and spent two nights at the Hotel Eurostars across from the train station. We arrived very early in the morning but we were able to check in to our room right away. It was clean and comfortable. They had a great English breakfast, but this was extra and we didn't know that until we checked out. It was an extra $20 per person. Had we known that we would have skipped the breakfast and got some baked goods and coffee.

Graz is a beautiful city and the walking tour offered by the tourist information center was top notch. The tour was around $10 per person but worth it and it was offered in English. There are many historical artifacts throughout the city you would miss without taking this tour. Our main day to visit was on a Sunday, so many of the shops were closed but that made it easier to explore the history of the city. We could have easily spent 4-5 days in the area visiting the shops and spending some time in "wine country."

Since it is so close to Italy the food and architecture is very Italian feeling. We had a wonderful italian dinner in one of the public squares and some of the best red wine I've ever had.

We enjoyed Graz much more than Vienna. In comparison Graz was much cleaner, felt safer, and was just as easy to get around. The pace was slower more relaxing as well. I would strongly recommend spending some time in this lovely city.

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13 Thank Sara B
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