Graz

Graz

Austria's second largest city, Graz lies on the River Mur and has long been a popular stopover for tourists. Highlights include exploring its many historical buildings, particularly in the Old Town with its numerous Baroque fa├žades. Another big draw is the Schlossberg, a large hill that rises behind the picturesque town. While excavations reveal the area was settled as far back as 800 AD, the town was first mentioned in 1128, after which time it passed into the hands of the Habsburgs and soon after rose in importance as a place of trade and commerce. Many of the surviving buildings were influenced by Italian architectural styles, including Schloss Eggenberg. As a result of this abundance of historically significant buildings, Graz is today an important cultural center that was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1999. Graz is the birthplace of Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a fun little museum dedicated to his career is well worth a visit.

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