Graz - the multifaceted capital of Styria

Graz - the multifaceted capital of Styria

Immerse yourself in Austria‘s second largest city: Graz - the multifaceted capital of Styria! There are many outstanding sights and excursion destinations to be explored around the city, a wide variety of exciting events, as well as culinary highlights and regional delicacies to be savoured. Although the old town of Graz is pretty accessible and can be comfortably explored on foot, you can also easily fill a long weekend with great activities and you definitely won‘t be short of things to do.

FCC UNESCO Graz the main squareThe main square is the centre of the beautiful, historic and winding old town, with the most conspicuous building undoubtedly being the impressive Town Hall, which is complemented by the other Baroque and Biedermeier house facades that decorate the old town all around. From here, the illustrious Herrengasse leads you south toward the Iron Gate. On this historic street you can find lots of modern shops, but if you want to browse some smaller, unique independent shops - then just a take a turn off into Herrengasse’s pretty side streets, which lie on either side.

Graz - the former European Capital of Culture - certainly hasn’t lost its reputation in this regard and offers a wide range of art, music, theatre and more. On the Mur (the main river that runs through the heart of the city) you can find a small island in its centre, the so-called „Murinsel“, which was built to celebrate Graz being awarded the title of Cultural Capital of Europe. This shell-shaped platform island which floats on the Mur can be reached from both banks by a footbridge and the island also has a cosy little café for light refreshments. Located directly opposite the Murinsel, on the banks of the Mur, is the Kunsthaus Graz. Due to the extraordinary architecture of this futuristic building, the Kunsthaus is definitely a must-see, with some saying that it resembles a baby hippopotamus, others a sea snail, a porcupine, a spaceship or even an alien! It is widely regarded as a modern landmark of Graz and its architect‘s clear intention was that the building should conspicuously stand out from the red roof-topped landscape of the city. We also recommend a visit to the Kunsthaus to enjoy its exciting, contemporary works of art.

In Graz, greenery and relaxation can also be found „up above“. Schlossberg Hill, including the Graz Clock Tower, is the city‘s most well-known landmark. Standing on the hill, high above the city, this 28 meter tall 13th century bell-tower is surrounded by magnificent parks, where you will find the best places to relax with impressive views of Graz and its surroundings. It is perhaps most beautiful in the late evening, as the sunset creates a perfect backdrop to the city below. From the old town you can reach the clock tower either by elevator, cable car, or via the Felsenstieg stairway with its 260 steps, and this short, invigorating ascent is rewarded with a wonderful panorama view of the city. Alternatively, the parks on the Schlossberg can also be reached on hiking trails. Since February 2019, the Schlossberg has housed the highest indoor slide in the world, sliding down the 170 metre long stainless steel construction you can reach speeds of up to 30km/h.

The Lendplatz, while not the most well-known attraction, is regarded as something of an insider‘s tip and particularly popular among locals. A farmer's market is held there daily (except sundays), which starts at about 6AM, with market stands offering wonderful, regional delicacies.

Just outside the centre of Graz, in the west of the city, is the most famous Baroque castle in Styria: The Schloss Eggenberg. This castle dates back to the 17th century, and, a small detail about the building’s history - the structure of the castle features examples of fascinating numerical symbolism, for example; the castle has exactly 365 outside windows (corresponding to 365 days a year). Schloss Eggenberg is located in a spacious park which is popular with both locals and tourists alike who want to take a relaxing stroll in beautiful scenery. If you do come for a visit, it probably won't be long before you cross paths with of one of the trusty peacocks that reside in the castle‘s park!

FCC Environment in Graz 

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG has a branch near Graz, from where all of our customers in the Graz area, as well as in southern and western Styria, are served. The main focus of this branch is logistics, and, in addition to a modern fleet of vehicles the branch also houses infrastructure facilities such as; office buildings, weighbridges, transfer points and interim storage facilities for all recyclables as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste, baling presses, free and covered manipulation areas, railway connections and much more.

Containers at FCC location in Graz 

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