Travel Blogs from Graz
... ale or elderflower cordial, but with a somewhat fruitier and more bitter flavour. Almdudler has been called the "national drink of Austria". Its popularity in Austria is second only to Coca Cola. I have read that 80 million litres of the beverage are produced per year!! If you ask me it tasted like flat ginger ale!! Dinner was back at our small hotel, pork fillet and ...
... were still quite a lot of brickwork as well as a clock and a bell tower. Apparently the city paid a ransom to save these. We have a long day travelling tomorrow getting up at 4:30 so we spent the late afternoon packing and clearing up. We have been without internet at our accomodation but there is free city internet in certain areas so we have been able to plan our transport using ...
The town has a central old quarter
which is remarkably preserved. The Holy Roman Emperor had a
residence here at one stage so the cathedral and many palaces of the
officials are suitable magnificent. This area, protected by the
overlooking schloss, survive the 2nd ww bombing but large
swathes of the surrounding residential area were destroyed.
The tourist office runs a walking tour
around the old city which worked really well for us as it ...
... br> The trip over the Semmering pass was
as spectacular as indicated in the literature. The train was a real
contrast to the rattletrap we recently took up to Albury. Very
smooth, free wifi on board, display screens with info about next
stop, speed, current location maps, and of course, on time.
At Graz we walked around to our
apartment. It is perfectly adequate and ...
... is one of the few surviving dual stairways. The 'kissing' nickname comes from the design. The man and woman each take a different side of the spiral stairway and they meet at each landing for a kiss.
Graz is the second largest city in Austria and shares a similar past with other cities we have visited. The conflict between the Catholic and Protestant churches and the Hapsburgs building their empire shaped much of the cities ...