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In Austria’s second largest city, the ancient, artistic and academic unite in a rich cultural panorama. A vibrant youth culture exudes from the bustling bars and vivacious squares while dynamically designed architecture showcase the city’s modern innovation. The red rooftops, verdant surroundings and glittering river give the city a decidedly Austrian feel and the historical buildings remind dynamic dwellers of a rich historical heritage. This multi-faceted metropolis provides travellers with an alluring array of attractions that differ from usual European destinations.
Rising dramatically above the cityscape is the ascetic Sclossberg, home to the city’s most protrusive icon of the Uhrenturn. The solid clock towers stocky appearance makes it appear to be squatting and the recognisable landmark can be reached in one of two ways; ascend wooden sloped and strenuous paths in an enduring hike or take the smooth and swift Schlossbergbahn Funincular for an easy and enriching ride to the city’s symbol.
Contrasting greatly to the traditional style of the Uhrenturn is the Kunsthaus Graz, an authentic architectural example of acquired taste. The building is an art exhibit in itself with its rippled exterior and smooth curves that are decidedly reminiscent of an animal from outer space. This dynamic design of the contemporary art space must be seen to be believed, and if you can drag your eyes away from the entrancing exterior, inside ever changing contemporary exhibitions present world-class modern art.
Housed within the opulent Parkhotel, the Restaurant Florian provides a rich and romantic setting for a delectable dinner. Surrounded by colourful rose gardens and boasting a winter garden conservatory, the Florian has established itself as one of Graz’s most esteemed eateries. Sample regional delicacies before enjoying a decadent bottle of fine wine from the extensive list. (Leonhardstrase 8, 8010 Graz, Austria)