Fly To Graz, Austria
The Austrian city of Graz has plenty to offer visitors. It was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and was even voted the City of Culinary Delights in 2008. Whether you visit for work or play; the food or the history, it won’t take long to find your feet in Graz.
Flights to Graz will see you landing at Graz Airport, which is just 10km from the city centre. You can begin exploring this delightful Austrian city at your own pace but not before you’ve booked cheap Graz flights on Travelstart.co.za – South Africa’s leading online travel agency.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans will need a Visa to enter Austria. These can be arranged via the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 (0)12 452 9155), or the consulate in Cape Town (Telephone: +27 (0)21 430 5133), Durban (Telephone: +27 (0)31 261 6233), Port Elizabeth (Telephone: +27 (0)41 365 1260) or Johannesburg (Telephone: +27(0)11 462 2334).
- The South Africa Honorary Consulate in Graz is situated at Villefortgasse 13/II, 8010, Graz. Telephone: +43 316 322548. Or you can go to the SA Embassy in Vienna (there are hourly train services from Graz station). Telephone for the embassy: +43 1 320 6493.
See and do
Known as a university town, it’s these same institutions that give Austria's second-largest city its lively pace. Baroque palaces are a pleasant contrast with 16th-century courtyards and provocative modern buildings. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teems with fine architecture, including the Burg castle complex, with its Gothic double staircase, and the graceful Uhrturm clock tower. A funicular takes visitors up the dramatic bluff. The River Mur dashes through the city, and thermal springs dot the surrounding countryside.
Attractions abound – especially from a historical and cultural perspective. Highlights to keep an eye out for include the Kunsthaus (House of Modern Art), Murinsel (island in the River Mur), landmarks and buildings in the Old Town, Schloss Eggenberg Baroque Palace, Basilika Mariatrost, Botanical Garden of Graz, Austrian Sculpture Park, Ruine Gösting, Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing (open-air museum), Thermenregion (best for spas), Steirische Weinstraße (wine growing region), Lipizzanergestüt Piber horse farm and Lurgrotte Caves.
Shopping offers a variety of options – vintage clothing, designer brands, department stores, small specialist boutiques and assorted retail outlets all share space in the shopping districts of Graz. Gifts to take home could include traditional Styrian pumpkinseed oil, wine, schnapps, t-shirts or other goodies with images of the iconic Graz clock tower or local craft items from shops such as Steirisches Heimatwerk.
Public transport options are fairly simple and organised. The Flughafen Graz-Feldkirchen railway station is a short walk from the airport, with train rides into the city taking just 12 minutes. There are also 8 tram lines running across Graz, including ones into the old town. Buses are available at all hours of the day, with a special night service also offered. The Schlossbergbahn funicular railway and the Schlossberg vertical lift connect direct to Schloßberg.
Graz Airport – GRZ
Food and beverage: Café Follow me and Restaurant Globetrotter both do coffee as well as other refreshments, and are found in arrivals and departures at Graz Airport.
Currency Exchange: Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG will handle your banking needs – they are open Monday to Friday, 10:30am to 15:30pm.
Lost Luggage: Look for the Lost and Found office, or ask in the baggage claims area for a form to report your lost bags.
Airport Hotels: Hotels nearest to the airport include Hotel Reif – Urdlwirt, Hotel & Wellness Liebminger, Landhotel Liebmann and Landhaus Waldfrieden.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Sixt, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Megadrive.
Airport Hub: Graz Airport (code GRZ) is a hub for Austrian Airlines, serving flights to and from Europe and other destinations world-wide.