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About Graz

Graz is a city in Austria famed for its contemporary and medieval blend of architecture and art. With a population of around 300,000, it is the capital of its province and second largest city in Austria. Narrow streets lined by stores and incredible restaurants including the Kunsthaus Graz modern art museum are just two of its many marvels.

Cheap flights to Graz are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for this spirited city to captivate your senses! Graz is home to Graz Airport (GRZ) also known as Flughafen Graz-Thalerhof in German. Located within walking distance of a train station, travel from the city to the airport will take seven minutes via train and 20 minutes with a car. GRZ serves many airlines including Austrian Airlines AG, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.

Why visit Graz

graz murinsel platform on river

Creative Innovation

Take in the sights of the unique creations in the Kunsthaus Graz modern art museum and explore the epic Murinsel floating platform in the River Mur.

graz restaurants along hauptplatz square

Culinary Highlights

Being Austria’s capital of culinary delights, Graz plays host to various restaurants in Hauptplatz main-square where you can indulge in fresh produce, delicious meats and maybe a touch of the local delicacy, pumpkin oil.

graz catholic church inside view

Incredible Architecture

Revel in the ambiance of the Renaissance and Baroque architecture native to Graz. Visit the Mariatrost Basilica Catholic church or the most significant Baroque palace in the region, Eggenberg Palace.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Austria
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.073 EUR
Language German
Hub Airport Graz Airport
Airline Austrian Airlines AG
Time Zone GMT+01:00
Travel Adaptor Type F

Best time to visit Graz

With the exhilaratingly vast amount of experiences Graz has to offer, the months between April and September are the best time to visit if you prefer mild temperatures. The fresh alpine and continental climate accommodates cool, rainy summers during the June to September period. These months are fitting for a guided tour of the majestic forested park and former hilltop fort, Schlossberg. Enchanting twilight walking tours of famous attractions such as the Murinsel or a melt-in-your-mouth experience with traditional and trendy culinary delights are also popular activities during this time. As July and August are peak travel months in Austria, prices are generally higher and the city may be crowded. You are however always invited to take a transcendent journey of discovery with the all year round walking tour through the Graz city centre.

Weather & Climate in Graz

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) -7°C -5°C -1°C 3°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 12°C 8°C 4°C -1°C -5°C
High (°C) 1°C 4°C 9°C 14°C 20°C 23°C 25°C 14°C 20°C 14°C 6°C 2°C
Rainfall (mm) 31 37 48 55 88 120 124 110 80 64 62 39

Overview

Graz is a future-forward yet distinctly medieval European city that boasts a unique blend of architecture, art and culture. Graz is one of the 2011 Cities of Design and the 2003 European Capital of Culture. Testament to this is the Kunsthaus Graz modern art museum and the spectacular Murinsel floating platform in the River Mur. You may want to make time to discover other marvels such as the Schlossberg Hill or the Uhrturm centuries-old clock tower.

The narrow streets of the city’s main-square, Hauptplatz, are host to incredibly inviting restaurants. Here you can indulge in a glass of the regions rosé or treat yourself to delicacies created with fresh produce and delicious meats. Farmers’ markets like the Kaiser-Josef Market are great to explore alongside the locals while picturesque terrace restaurants in southern Graz provide a fancier wine and dine atmosphere. A trip to this vibrant city constantly buzzing with creative innovation is a bucket list must!

Visa & Customs

Graz is part of the Schengen territory for which a Schengen visa for short term visits is required. Applications for your Schengen visa must be made through the Austrian Embassy if Austria is the Schengen country you will be visiting for the longest time during your trip. The Austrian Embassy in South Africa physical address is 454 A Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria.

Tel: 012 452 9155

Email: pretoria-ob@bmeia.gv.at

Health & Safety

Before travelling to Graz, ensure that your routine vaccines, including MMR, Tetanus, Chickenpox, Polio and your yearly Flu shot are up to date. There are no special medications or immunizations required to enter Graz.

Graz has a low crime rate and is a fairly safe city. However, you are advised to practice general safety precautions such as taking care of valuables and documentation. Keep an eye out for common crimes such as pick-pocketing at train stations, on crowded buses or even at the airports.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG GRAZ
Meal inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R113.00
Domestic Beer R22.00 R20.00 R48.00
Cappuccino (regular) R19.00 R20.00 R38.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10.00 R12.00 R14.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R69.00
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