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City University of Graz, the second largest after Vienna, the capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark) and sits on the River Mur in southeastern Austria. Due to its position south east of the Alps, Graz is protected by western winds, which makes the weather in Graz have Mediterranean influences. Being placed in a tank with an opening to the south, Graz advantage of a warmer climate.
Graz is a city with an undeniable charm and a trendy element rather surprising. Architecture dotted around the city of Graz is occasionally some strange buildings, and nothing can be more unexpected as the Kunsthaus (Art House) which at first seems like a bubble suspended. Graz is divided into 17 districts.
Graz is dominated by the fortress on the Schlossberg Grazer. Hauptplatz marks Old City Centre, linking several major streets. Schlossberg who are among the main attractions in Graz became associated with the city. This is high hill offering great views of the city center, for which is visited by many tourists. To get a better view of Graz's climb the 260 steps to the top of Schlossberg's Schlossberglift or elevator or take the funicular.
Graz is the provincial government headquarters, a major industrial city with a university and a technical college, other institutions, an Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Its tourism objectives include ancient building, which together with Old Town (Altstadt) with numerous baroque facades are of great interest. Archaeological excavations have shown that there have been settlements in 800 AD, the city was first mentioned in 1128. The name "Graz" comes from the Slavic word "Gradec" which means "small castle". In 1233, Graz past Babenberg in the hands of the Habsburgs, and in 1281 Rudolf I, king of the city guaranteed certain privileges. From 1379-1619 industry Leopoldina Graz was the residence of the Habsburgs. As a stronghold of the Habsburg Empire from attacks from the east, the town was fortified in sec. XV-XVII and chest several times took Turkish siege.
City Architecture was influenced by Italian models, this time amounting sumptuous palace of Prince Hanns Ulrich von Eggenberg. In sec. 19, Graz became an important cultural center. Habsburg period ended in 1918. In 1938 the city reached the current size in scope, incorporating several neighboring villages. During the Second World War suffered serious damage but they were rebuilt.
Altstadt, the Old Town of Graz has been passed on UNESCO world heritage list in 1999 due to the typical mixture of buildings of different architectural periods and styles, one of the best preserved cities in Europe
Graz | City University of Graz, the second largest after Vienna, the capital of the federal state of Styria (Steiermark) and sits on the River Mur in southeastern Austria. Due to its position south east of the Alps, Graz is protected by western winds, which makes
the weather in Graz have Mediterranean influences
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