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Colors of Graz - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Grazer Rathaus - Graz 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.
Graz - Opernhaus 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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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Graz
♥   Dom Sankt Ägydius, Graz, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Maria Trost, Graz, 6.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Maria Loreto, Sankt Andrä im Lavanttal, 56.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Dom Sankt Andrä, Sankt Andrä im Lavanttal, 57 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Stolna cerkev sv. Janeza Krstnika, Maribor, 58.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bazilika Marije, Matere usmiljenja, Maribor, 58.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Stolna cerkev sv. Jurija, Ptúj, 78.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Graz
♥   Castle 'Schloss Eggenberg' , 3.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Gösting' , 6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ruine Ligist' , 18.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Krems' , 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schloss Gutenberg' , 19.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burgruine Wildon' , 20.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burg Lichtenegg' , 21.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Graz and around

Underwater Park Gruner See

From the series “Top 16 most unusual and original parks and gardens”
In Austria, fans of unusual places will be able to visit the Gruner See park located in the small town of Tragoess. In winter, the park doesn’t differ from the usual one. It has a comfortable zone for walks with wooden benches and a stone-paved pathwalks. The main decoration of the unusual park of Gruner See is the lake of the same name. At the beginning of spring, it changes the appearance of the park beyond recognition. … Read further

Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum

From the series “Famous museums of world celebrities”
One of the most famous museums in the world is located in the Austrian village of Thal. It is dedicated to the legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The place of the museum location was not chosen by chance, as Tal village is home to the world-famous actor. It was decided to open the museum in the house where Schwarzenegger has spent the first 19 years of his life. The museum opened on 7 October 2011. The history of the sight is very interesting. The idea belongs to the best friend of the actor, Peter Urdlen. … 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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