Graz, the second-largest Austrian city, is home to six universities. A huge portion of the city’s population consists of students, making the tourist attractions very student- and youth-friendly. Graz also takes pride in its well-preserved historic center that welcomes thousands of visitors every year.
Visiting museums can be a very educational and satisfying experience for tourists. You can spend your holiday checking out the Austrian Open Air Museum, a rustic woodland setting that features old farm buildings from all over the country. Another interesting museum is the Schloss Eggenberg, a history, archeology, and art museum that tells about the culture and heritage of Austria.
Shopping is another worthwhile activity in Graz. There are many shopping districts and complexes in the city, each of which suits a range of budgets and interests. Check out the Herrengasse, Mariahilferstraße, and the larger shopping malls outside the historic center.
Even at night, you’ll find a lot of things to do in Graz. Because Graz has such a huge student population, the city also has a vibrant nightlife. A lot of bars and a few pubs can be found in the old town and within the vicinity of the Karl-Franzens-University.
Because the city is protected by the Alps and influenced by the Mediterranean, Graz receives more sunshine and less rain than Vienna or Salzburg. It is also significantly warmer that cities along the same latitude. There is precipitation throughout the year, but rain is considerably higher in the summer months of June through August.
Average temperatures during the summer season range between 14.6 – 19.5 °C (58.3 – 67.1 °F) while the winter season experiences mean temperatures ranging from -1 – 5.1 °C (30.2 – 41.2 °F).
In summer, the city hosts the AIMS Festival which presents various recitals, concerts, and operas featuring the up-and-coming performers in Graz.
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