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Enjoy Time With the Family in Graz, Austria

by Angelique Platas

Feb 28, 2018

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Destinations / Europe

Located in the southern Austrian province of Styria, Graz is a charming city brimming with activity. Bring the family and begin your trip in Hauptplatz, the city’s main square. Tour the unique and historic city along walking tours or embark on your own through the medieval town’s shops, restaurants and architecture.


This family-friendly town offers easy transportation through the small city, mainly on foot, as the narrow streets are lined with activity and attractions. Your family can easily explore historic landmarks and main streets as easily as the oddities and less-traveled locales.


View of the old town center of Graz from the staircase of Schlossberg Hill. Graz, Austria.

View from the staircase of Schlossberg Hill in Graz, Austria.Photo: Balakate | Dreamstime.com


Enjoy the rich blend of history and Renaissance architecture and make your way up to Schlossberg, the town park. Lined by trees and forests, Schlossberg is home to a more than 1,000-year-old fortress and clock tower. The kids will love the funicular ride up the town hill while taking in the sweeping views of the city below. Enjoy the view and break from walking while plotting your next move.


Stroll along the Mur River and take in the impeccable beauty of the small, but bustling town. Enjoy more modern art at the Kunsthaus Graz, a modern art museum showcasing incredible works in a uniquely designed building. Visit the friendly alien — affectionate nickname for the Kunsthaus — before crossing the Mur for more.


family traveling in Graz, Austria

Graz, Austria. Photo: Rosshelen | Dreamstime.com


Once back over the river, stop in famed museums from Mariatrost Basilica and Joanneumsviertel to Graz Museum — you will have your fill of art and history.


Bring cash and enjoy some drinks and Austrian fare at Der Steirer. The light bar and beautiful setting offers an easy, affordable way to unwind with pre- or post-dinner drinks.


For dinner with a view, enjoy a cozy, casual, stunning dinner at Schlossberg Graz, overlooking the city with affordable drinks, a creative menu and small plate options.


Between Graz’s natural beauty, charming history and modern flare, the city offers something for the whole family — all while remaining easily accessible and less crowded than your typical tourist destination.


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