Graz Walking Tour with a licensed guide. Learn about Graz in the most efficient manner possible by hiring a qualified guide who will work exclusively with your party. You won’t have to deal with the crowds and the hurried pace of a typical group trip since instead, you’ll go at your own pace while exploring the city. As you stroll through the city, be sure to visit famous monuments like the Graz Museum and the Schlossberg, and pay attention to the commentary along the way to learn more about the history of places like the Graz Cathedral.
- Book a private Graz walking tour online and receive instant confirmation
- Enjoy a short yet comprehensive tour that doesn’t take up too much time
- Use the Graz tour as a way to orient yourself when you arrive in the city
- Ask as many questions as you like from your private guide
Graz is Austria’s second-largest city and is known for being a well-kept secret inside the country. This historic city in the southern area of Styria has a lot to brag about, especially for people who are interested in food, history, and the natural world.
The Romans established a small fort in the area that is now the city center of Graz. Subsequently, Slovenians constructed a larger fortification in the same location. This is where the history of Graz can be traced back to. The name “Graz” originates from the Slovenian word “gradec,” which literally translates to “little castle.”
When the dukes of Babenberg converted the town into a commercial center in 1128, it was at that time that Graz was first mentioned with its German name. Graz was chosen by the Habsburgs to serve as the capital of Inner Austria (which included the modern-day states of Styria, Carinthia, and Carniola) in the 15th century.
Ottoman Turks launched a number of attacks on Graz in the 16th century because of the city’s significance as a strategic position. The Turkish army was never successful in taking the castle that was perched atop the Schlossberg (the photo on the right depicts the clock tower that can be found on top of the hill) (the only place in this region).
Graz was an integral element of Nazi Germany throughout World War II (along with the rest of Austria). During the war, Allied forces conducted bombing raids on Graz, although the historic old town was not significantly damaged. As a result, Graz was handed over to Soviet forces at the end of the conflict in a state that was mostly unharmed. In 2003, the city of Graz was selected to serve as the Cultural Capital of Europe.
Graz is home to no less than six universities (four “standard” universities and two universities dedicated solely to applied sciences) and is associated with names as illustrious as Johannes Kepler, Erwin Schrodinger, and Nikola Tesla. As a result, approximately 40,000 of the city’s population is made up of students. In 1585, the Karl-Franzens-Universitat became the world’s first ever established university.
Schlossberg (Pass By)
Located in the center of the city, you will be visiting a fortress which is a tree-clad hill. Its architecture constructed by Italians dates long back to the 10th century. This castle was later on turned into a public park for open visits.
Uhrturm (Pass By)
Along with the Schlossberg, you will be able to see the 13th-century medieval clock tower with an exquisite city view.
Graz Museum (Pass By)
Discover the cultural and historical museums of the city. This museum demonstrates the economic, social, and political history of the city.
Old Town of Graz (Pass By)
You will be able to see thousands of gothic as well as contemporary buildings in the old town of Graz.
Hauptplatz (Pass By)
Hauptplatz is considered the main square of the city. Here you will see a bronze punk statue which is the forte of this area.
Graz Cathedral (Pass By)
Visit the 15th-century cathedral of Graz which is dedicated to Saint Gailes, and depicts Gothic architecture.
Graz Opera (Pass By)
This is the city’s first opera house, designed in the neo-baroque style. It underwent a renovation of 15 Million Dollars, after the bombings of World War II.
Tour type: Guided tour/Private
Guide language: English
Duration: 2 hours
Price: from $250 (per group)