Amazing Facts About Graz (Austria) – Graz is the capital of the Austrian state of Styria and the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna. As of January 1, 2021, it has a population of 331,562 (of which 294,236 have primary resident status). In 2015, the population of the Greater Graz City (LUZ) was 633,168, based on the status of the main resident. Graz is famous for its colleges and university towns, with four colleges and four universities. Together, the city has more than 60,000 students. Its historic center (Altstadt) is one of the best-preserved urban centers in Central Europe.
Historically, Graz’s political, economic, and cultural relevance to Slovenia and Croatia is more important than their respective capitals, Ljubljana and Zagreb. In 1999, the city’s historic center was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and in 2010 the name was expanded to include Eggenberg Palace (German: Schloss Eggenberg) on the western edge of the city.
Graz was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2003 and became the City of Culinary Delights in 2008.
Graz is divided into 17 municipal districts
I. Innere Stadt
II. St. Leonhard
VIII. St. Peter
The most important museums in Graz are:
- Schloss Eggenberg with Alte Galerie (paintings and sculptures from the Romanesque to the end of the Baroque period), Coin Collection, Lapidarium (Roman stonework collection), Archeological Museum (featuring the Cult Wagon of Strettweg) a special exhibitions area, and the 90,000 m2 romantic landscape gardens.
- Museum im Palais: museum of Styrian cultural history from the Middle Ages to the present.
- Neue Galerie: visual arts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Natural History Museum: an exhibition of botany, mineralogy, and zoology.
- Stadtmuseum Graz: city museum.
- Kunsthaus: exhibition hall of contemporary art.
- Forum Stadtpark: museum of contemporary art.
- Camera Austria: museum of contemporary photography.
- Landeszeughaus: medieval armory comprising 32,000 pieces of armor and weaponry, largest of its kind in the world.
- Volkskundemuseum: museum of folk culture and lore.
- Diözesanmuseum: museum of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Künstlerhaus: exhibition hall of contemporary visual arts.
- Literaturhaus: museum of contemporary German literature.
- Museum der Wahrnehmung: museum of the senses, samadhi bath.
- Kindermuseum Frida&Fred: museum for children.
- Tramway Museum: 40 historic trams, the oldest dating from 1873.
- Kriminalmuseum: museum of criminology.
- Luftfahrtmuseum: (Graz airport) aviation museum.
- Hanns Schell Collection: key and lock museum, largest of its kind in the world.
- Austrian Sculpture Park: seven hectares of contemporary sculpture.
- Botanical Garden of Graz: three architecturally interesting glasshouses plus gardens.
Amazing Facts About Graz (Austria)
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