Graz

Location: Styria  Map

 

Description of Graz

Graz (formerly also Grätz ) is the capital of Styria and with 286,292 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2018) the second largest city in the Republic of Austria. The city is located on both sides of the Mur in the Graz basin. The metropolitan area of Graz with 629,161 inhabitants (2017) for the metropolitan regions of Vienna and Linz , the third largest metropolitan area in Austria. Greater Graz has been Austria's fastest growing metropolitan area in the past ten years.

Foundation of Graz dates back to the Roman Empire. In the 6th century a castle was built here, from which the name Graz derives (Slovenian "gradec" means "small castle"). The City Arms received Graz 1245, 1379 to 1619 it was Habsburg royal seat and resistance during this period several Ottoman attacks. During WWII, Graz was part of Nazi Germany (along with the rest of Austria). At the end of the war, Graz was surrendered to Soviet troops largely intact; the historic old town was not seriously hit during Allied bombing raids on the city. In 2003 Graz was the European Capital of Culture ; In 2015 it became the Reformation city of Europe.

Graz has developed into a university city with a total of almost 60,000 students (as of 2 January 2017). It was chosen as the city of human rights and is the sponsor of the Europa Prize . The old town of Graz and Eggenberg Castle have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 and 2010 respectively. Graz is bishop seat of the Diocese Graz-Seckau. Since March 2011, Graz has been part of the Creative Cities Network as a UNESCO City of Design.

 

Travel Destinations in Graz

Graz is politically divided into 17 city districts.

 

I. Inner city
II. St. Leonhard
III. Geidorf
IV. Lend
V. Gries
VI. Jakomini
VII. Liebenau
VIII. St. Peter
IX. Waltendorf
X. Ries
XI. Maria Trost
XII. Andritz
XIII. Gösting
XVI. Eggenberg
XV. Wetzelsdorf
XVI. Straßgang
XVII. Puntigam
Graz

 

The districts are arranged spirally counterclockwise. Starting from the first district in an easterly direction, the spiral winds around the inner city for a quarter of a quarter . The first six core districts have grown historically, the remaining districts, formerly suburbs, were incorporated in 1938 in the course of the formation of Greater Graz . In 1988, Puntigam split from Straßgang.

 

Cathedral of Saint Agydlus (Graz)

Mausoleum of Ferdinand II (Graz)

Landesmuseum or Universalmuseum Joanneum (Graz)

Neue Galerie (Graz)

Graz Military Defenses

 

 

Getting there
By plane
1 Graz-Thalerhof Airport (IATA: GRZ), Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH, 8073 Feldkirchen / Graz. Tel .: +43 (0) 316 290 20, fax: +43 (0) 316 29 02 81, e-mail: info@flughafen-graz.at.

Graz-Thalerhof Airport is located a few kilometers south of the city in the local areas of Feldkirchen bei Graz and Kalsdorf bei Graz. This airport can be reached directly from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna. There is an S-Bahn station near the airport (approx. 400 m). From there you can take the S5 to Graz Central Station. Alternatively, you can take the bus (lines 630, 631) directly to the city center (Jakominiplatz) (an hourly ticket costs € 2.40 and is valid for all inner-city transport). A taxi ride to the city center costs around € 24.

Since autumn 2016 there have been direct bus connections from Vienna Airport to Graz (Murpark or Girardigasse) with Flixbus several times a day. The journey time is just under 2.5 hours, tickets are available from 12.50. The Girardigasse stop is in the immediate vicinity of the central Jakominiplatz transfer station. Line X96 goes to Vienna Airport, line 096 to various stops in the capital.

By train
2 Graz Central Station, Europaplatz 3–9, 8020 Graz. The main station is at the end of Annenstrasse. There are regular train connections to Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck as well as to neighboring cities in Slovenia (Maribor) and Hungary (Szombathely). Other cities abroad are Prague, Zurich, Ljubljana, Frankfurt am Main, Saarbrücken and Zagreb. There is a connection to both the tram and the bus network. To get to the old town, take tram lines 1, 3, 6 or 7 or walk (approx. 15 minutes) along Annenstraße and then cross the bridge over the Mur. edit info

By bus
RegioBus Styria (network line)
Eurolines
ÖBB IC bus
Flixbus

By street
Graz can be reached from Vienna and Carinthia via the A2 (Südautobahn). Graz can be reached from the north (Salzburg, Upper Austria) as well as from the west (Tyrol, Vorarlberg) or south (Slovenia) via the Pyhrn A9 motorway. The motorways in Austria are generally subject to tolls (vignette).

 

Around the city

On foot
The city center of Graz is largely designated as a pedestrian zone and should therefore best be explored on foot.

Tram
Graz has an extensive tram network (called Bim in Graz) of 59.22 km in length, but no subway. All tram lines run in a star shape from Jakominiplatz to many parts of the city. Tickets can be bought either in tobacconists (kiosk) or directly from the machine in the tram (coins / ATM card).

The following tariffs are available (July 2018):

Hourly ticket: € 2.40 (children up to 15 years / dogs / people with reduced mobility: € 1.20, young people / seniors: € 1.50), for any number of trips up to 60 min. on all trams, buses, suburban trains and on the Schloßbergbahn in the greater Graz area.
24-hour tickets: € 5.30, children up to 15 years: € 2.70, young people up to 19 years of age. Seniors from 63 years: 3.30 €.
Weekly tickets (€ 14.80)
Graz 3-day ticket: € 12.10, incl. 2 children up to 15 years
Block of ten (€ 20.60), a stripe card that can be used either as ten individual hourly tickets in Graz or for regional trips across several zones in the entire Styrian transport network.
Freizeitticket Styria: A day ticket for one person for € 11. Valid for buses, trains and trams in Styria. Except for Railjet trains (RJ), Eurocity trains (EC), Intercity trains (IC), D-trains (repeater trains - only 2nd class), Nightjet trains (NJ), Euronight trains (EN) and the bus routes 311/321 to Vienna. Valid on Saturday, Sunday or public holiday for one calendar day (from 0 to 24 hours). Only valid in local transport.
Note: The senior tariff only applies to senior citizens with a valid VORTEILSCARD from ÖBB.

There is also the option of purchasing a mobile phone ticket. The prerequisite is that you are a private contract customer of A1, Drei, T-Mobile or tele.ring; or is registered with Paybox. (Only for Austrian cell phones!)

Mobility Center - telephone or personal advice Mobil Zentral provides all information on the timetable and tariff

In the mobility center at Jakoministraße 1 in Graz, all services for public transport are combined under one roof for the first time in Austria.

Opening times: Jakoministraße 1, 8010 Graz, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Telephone information:

Mobil Zentral, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: (+43) 0316/820606
Holding Graz (operator of most inner-city transport): (+43) 0316 / 887-8804

 

By bus
There is also an extensive bus network with which all parts of Graz can be reached. All network tickets are also valid for the bus. Like trams, buses run from the early hours of the morning until 11:30 p.m. (last departure from Jakominiplatz in all directions). Afterwards there is a night bus offer for night owls on the weekend, which connects the outskirts with the city center.

By bicycle
A relatively large number of cycle paths and cycle lanes as well as numerous bicycle parking facilities make bicycles the ideal means of transport for shorter distances in the city. In addition to the free bike parking facilities, there is also a covered and guarded parking facility at low cost and bike rental available at the main station.

In the street
If possible, you should avoid traveling to Graz by car. The parking situation in the center is poor, and there is a short-term parking zone throughout the center (€ 0.60 green zone or € 0.90 blue zone, per half an hour). This is largely valid across the board, regardless of the presence of blue floor markings. If it cannot be avoided, there are many underground car parks in the city center. In terms of price, these underground garages (mostly operated by APCOA) are more in the higher range (0-1 h 4 €, each additional 1 hour 4 €), which is why the garage in the Pfauengarten, the Kunsthaus garage and the garage of the Kastner & department store are cheaper alternatives. Öhler (e.g. 1 hour of free parking from a purchase of € 1).

Taxi
There are numerous taxi companies in Graz, the binding basic rate (from the moment you get in) is € 3.90 and each kilometer driven is approx. € 1.30 or € 1.50 (between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., Sundays and public holidays). On most taxis you will find a three-digit or four-digit number, this is the number of the taxi company: The area code for Austria (+43), then the area code for Graz (0316) and the taxi number.

Taxi 878: +43 316 878
Taxi 2801: +433162801
Taxi 889: +43 316 889
A- Taxi Graz. Tel .: +43 316 232 320.