Travel Blogs from Graz
... carved/cut into the hill, anyway not sure how it worked but got us there........ Reasonable climb to the top to take in the city views! Sean tried the Almdudler which is the brand name of a popular Austrian soft drink. The original Almdudler is a sweetened carbonated beverage made of grape and apple juice concentrates flavoured with herbs. Its flavour is similar ...
Wednesday 28 May Schloss This morning we set to walk up the Schloss, the fortified area overlooking the town. It was raining so we popped into a church to have a little look around. A service was starting so we sat down and partook. A great organ and a singer led some of the hymns. Interesting hearing the hymns sung in German as they really are very syllabic, one note per syllable. ...
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 ...
... it appears
that the lady and child have just moved out for the duration, leaving
everything, clothes, food etc in situ. She obviously has an interest
in things Indian as an incense smell pervades. The nose tunes out to
it after a short while.
Graz is a university town with loads
of people whizzing around on bikes so one needs to keep ones wits
sharpened to survive.
... and 2 colleges, so the are lots of young people, poorly dressed wandering around. It does have a lovely Carillon that chimes 3 times a day. It was imported from Germany by a wine and beer merchant. He installed it, with 2 dancing figures in the tower above his store, as advertising.
The fortress was never taken in battle, but like the Salzburg fortress, it was surrendered to Napoleon who then blew it up.