Graz - City of Design.
European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Austrian "Capital of Delight", Human Rights City and winner of the Europe Prize: that's Graz, former residence of the Habsburgs, today marked by art, culture and futurism. Since 2011, the University city is part of the Creative Cities Network, and - besides 10 other cities around the world - Graz has been awarded "City of Design".
Contrasts dominate the entire city and offer insights into all areas of art and culture: classical and jazz music, tradition and modern spirit, literature and festivals such as the Styriarte and the Styrian Autumn. Numerous art collections and galleries such as the Kunsthaus or the Island on the river Mur demonstrate that museums must be neither outdated nor antiquated.
Simultaneously Graz also offers numerous historic sites which are worth a visit: the Schlossberg with the so-called "Dom im Berg", the Clock Tower, the Armoury and many more. However, the most notable part of Graz is the old town. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe, therefore it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the famous Eggenberg Castle.
On the one hand, Graz impresses by its old buildings dating back to past eras, narrow lanes, idyllic courtyards and mediterranean flair, but at the same time this city presents itself to be young, modern and innovative.