Austria´s second largest city is not only rich in history but also a city full of modern life. A city of contrasts: Architectural witnesses of the city´s more than 850 year old history like the Landhaus courtyard also accommodating the Armoury with more than 30.000 weapons and armors- the Cathedral and the Mausoleum. There is also the Schloss Eggenberg and the Burg with its double spiral staircase create, together with most modern buildings by internationally acclaimed artists and the ones representing the Graz School of architecture, such as the Kunsthaus, Joanneumsviertel, MUMUTH. Not to mention the glasshouses in the Botanical gardens, a unique harmony.
Such contracts are not limited to the buildings: In June the Styriarte annually addresses classical music, while the Steirischer Herbst addresses avant-garde.
Home to three universities, Europe´s biggest mediaeval old town (UNESCO world cultural heritage), vibrant cabaret and small art scene, excellent gastronomy, casino, Graz trade and congress center and much more. Graz has a lot to offer.
For Graz one of the most significant years in recent times was, without doubt, 2003: Graz was appointed as ´European Capital of Culture 2003´ by Europe´s culture ministers and ensured sustainable success. Graz has reclaimed its place as a cultural capital on the map and since then we are again mentioned together with Vienna and Salzburg.
EXPERIENCING GRAZ BARRIER-FREE
Graz as a city of human rights has high interest in ensuring that citizens with disabilities are able to lead a high-quality life. The lowering of sidewalks, acoustic traffic signals or diability- friendly toilet facilities are just some of the projects that should make the city barrier-free. Together with the commission for people with disabilities a service institution for any questions has been created. Also in the area of employment, the metropolis around the river Mur is impressive: Around 500 people from Graz with disabilities have their jobs in the city – with this number Graz is in the top field of Austria.
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