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Graz

Graz is the capital of Styria, a county in the southeast corner of Austria. The city is located in between rolling hills, to the north, east and west, only open to the south. The first settlements date back to 800 AD and through the medieval times, the Styrian landowners, took over the town and turned it into a flourishing trading center. Because of its easily fortified and nearly invulnerable Schlossberg in the city core, Graz has always been a very important strategic point. Throughout the reign of the Babenbergers and the Habsburgs the city was considered a second capital to Austria.

The city’s architecture is dominated largely by the struggle of the Reformists and the Habsburgs’ Counter Reformation. Protestant buildings like the Landhaus and many different palais encounter buildings like the old University, the Mausoleum and the Minoritenkirche, erected to represent Catholic believe. The Counter Reformation was very successful putting Protestants in a minority till today.

The most important building of baroque architecture in Graz is without doubt the Schloss Eggenberg. A very significant city mark is the romantic Uhrturm, a tower still using the original clockwork from 1712 and a popular first kiss area for many inhabitants. The fortress on the Schlossberg has big influence on the townscape of the city and contains the largest collection of early modern weaponry and suits of armour throughout Europe. In the 19th century Graz grew to a large city and many representative buildings like the Karl-Franzens-University, the city hall and the opera house were erected.

Today Graz is the second largest city in Austria and home to about 230.000 people. It presents a great deal of cultural events, like the Styriade, an annual exhibition, dedicated to contemporary art, theatre and performances.

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