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Colors of Graz - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Eggenberg Palace In order to get acquainted with the multifaceted culture of local residents, travellers are recommended to visit colorful national holidays that take place in Graz every year. Each celebration and festival is distinguished by a rich choice of different unique traditions. The tradition to celebrate some festivals first appeared several centuries ago, while other holidays have appeared recently. Regardless of age, these celebrations are surely of a great interest for both locals and foreigners.
Fans of active pastime will surely appreciate a huge choice of entertainment venues in Graz. Schlossberg Park is a perfect destination for hiking and outdoor recreation. Here you can spend a … Open
The beginning of October is the time for Styrian Autumn Festival, during which visitors are welcome to participate in various musical, theatrical and literary performances. During two months numerous artists demonstrate their talents to publics. The event is traditionally attended by numerous foreign groups. Nowadays the union of nations is often named as the main idea of the festival, but in past the festival was usually organized as a way to celebrate autumn harvest. It was one of the most solemn and important periods of year for the local residents.
In order to thank the nature for rich harvest, it was decided to organize various colorful performances. These days this amazing medieval feast is celebrated in a larger scale. The main city park has become the main platform on which most of performances are held. The territory of the park becomes the location of several scenes that attract connoisseurs of contemporary literature, classical music and theater arts. The park is full of people simply every day. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Graz is an ancient city and a capital of Styria region of Austria. In XII century Graz was an amazing residence of Habsburg dynasty that left to the city its historical district, the Old … Open
The Festival of Body Art is one of the newest holidays in the city. After hosting this festival several times Graz was officially proclaimed the world capital of this unusual form of modern art. The event traditionally attracts representatives from various countries. World Bodypainting is known as the biggest event of its kind. During several days experienced craftsmen compete in their skills and show their best works to the audience. Everyone is welcome to get acquainted with this modern culture - during the festival visitors are offered to participate in interesting workshops.
Maria Hilferkirche, Graz We simply can’t fail to mention numerous religious festivals, the most symbolic of which is All Saints Day. The first mentions of the festival belong to the 7th century. During its long history the festival has gained a lot of interesting customs. Nowadays All Saints Day is the time to commemorate dead relatives, and when night falls to the city, many locals try fortune telling. On this day you can try to attract good luck, look into the future and prepare healing teas from herbs and charms. Many traditions have appeared more than one hundred years ago.
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Unique landmarks in Graz and around

Aiola Island

From the series “The most unusual and strange bridges on Earth”
The unique sight of the world is located in the Austrian city of Graz. Here the only bridge restaurant extends across the Mur River 'Aiola Island' across the Mur River. The restaurant has long been a favorite place for the city dwellers and is considered an attractive attraction for the tourists. In the middle of this modern pedestrian bridge, which connects two banks of the river, is the beautiful glazed pavilion. … Read further

Stairs to Schlossberg

From the series “Furious footways around the world that make you dizzy”
One of the main attractions of the Austrian city of Graz is the Clock Tower Schlossberg. Its top is clearly visible from any part of the city.The only way to go up to the tower is to walk along a steep staircase with the same name. A steep staircase of zigzag shape was carved right in the rock, it has 260 steps and starts from the Schlossbergplatz square. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Graz

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Graz. Learn the best periods to visit Graz to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Graz.
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