Graz, the capital of Styria and the UNESCO City of Design, has one of Central Europe’s most beautiful historic centres. The Opera House, designed by two of Europe’s most renowned architects, Fellner and Helmer, built in 1898 – 1899. Both traditional and modern styles meet in the Opera House in Graz.

The theatre, museums, universities and numerous shops and businesses have transformed the second largest Austrian city into an attractive centre for culture, sciences and businesses. The true beauty of this town centre is it is best discovered and appreciated on foot.

Enjoy walking around the town centre and be astonished by the marvelous courtyard of the Landhaus and its arcades. This shows you a very unique architectural example of Italian Renaissance. Both the building itself and the courtyard are a masterpiece by the architect dell’Allio of the 16th century. This has been an ideal setting for holding concerts and open air events in the city. While at it, visit the Landeszeughaus medieval armory comprising 32,000 pieces of armour and weaponry, largest of its kind in the world.

A few notable people who made global impact have been through Graz before. Inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and futurist Nikola Tesla pursued studies in electrical engineering at the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger is linked to Graz in that he was born and raised on a farm 2km away from the city.

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