Gorgeous Graz

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Flag of Austria  , Styria,
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Graz is Austria's second largest city and is apparently regarded as a little version of Vienna. It is a university town and has the best old city that we've been in with all the buildings stunningly maintained and painted in different pastel colours. It also has a funky clock that traditionally dressed people spin out of three times a day, as you can see from the photos and video.

In Graz we also visited the Armoury Museum which is the largest of its kind in Europe. Who could believe how much armoury and weapons were salvaged from the battlefields of Europe, even if many of them carry the distinct signs of gruesome battles. It might sound strange but seeing it all in person makes me realise that the epic battles, sieges and crusades actually did happen hundres of years ago!

After only one night in Graz its time to jump on another Austrian train and head for the capital, Vienna. The further West we travel the faster and more expensive the trains get. This one goes up to 200km/hr but cost around $60NZ for a 200km trip.

P.S. after having visited Vienna, one can see why so many people prefer Graz's narrow windy streets and slow pace of life to the much larger and more grandios capital. Both have their appeal for sure but, given the chance, we would go for Graz! 
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