So here’s the story: My last trip 2020 and my first official trip 2021 took me to the same Austrian city, Graz! Coincidence? No. Graz really is for life! I have already been fascinated with the Mediterranean flair of Austria’s second-largest city way back when the Styrian capital became European capital city of culture almost twenty years ago. For the past ten years, and ever since its official award as “Genusshauptstadt” (Austria’s foodie capital city), I have visited Graz at least once or twice a year. Graz is a city to come and enjoy all over again, as you will learn from reading my blog posts about the city’s annual foodlover event, the Graz Truffle Festival or the Graz Beer Walk ..! So much #GrazLove to discover!
Why not discover Graz the sporty way? #LetsGoGraz & #7SummitsGraz may have just what you are looking for!
“Dear Elena! You’ve already been to Graz many times. But, do you know about our ‘Seven Summits’ ..? No? Ah, you must come and join me, then”, says Susanne Höller of the city of Graz marketing. She has got my attention: What on earth is meant by the hashtag expression #7SummitsGraz ?
“Launching our own ‘7 Summits Graz’ is actually a result of the pandemic”, Su explains. “Everybody started to climb our iconic hill, the Schlossberg in the city centre of Graz. But there are many more little hills and summits all around Graz. To encourage their use as day hike destinations with top views over Graz, we’ve created the platform Seven Summits Graz“.
What a nice idea! Our hike up and down the Plabutsch – Fürstenstand hill has actually been really easy-going. Climbing the local Seven Summits of Graz has nothing to do with their “true cousins”, climbing the seven highest summits on each continent! After all, it wouldn’t be Graz if it wasn’t, once again, all about food and drinks, too. Check this out.
Don’t travel to Graz without indulging in at least one of these foodie travel delights!
Culinary delights are on, then! Together with my fellow Austrian travel writers, we have finally been able to meet and eat together again after many months of lockdown and forced shutdowns of bars, restaurants and hotels. It was SO LOVELY! And I can definitely recommend the place we chose for our reunion: The renowned Graz restaurant Landhauskeller.
If typical fried chicken (Backhendl) is what you’re after, I can recommend you visit the iconic restaurant “Der Steirer”. Why iconic? They are known for having created an array of typical Styrian tapas, one more delicious than the other! My tip for you: Do try their Styrian salad as a side, and order a glass of white wine from the nearby South Styrian wine district. It’s also a good idea to book a table ahead, as places fill up quickly. Enjoy!
My third and final tip for you as a foodie traveller is to book a picnic basket filled with local products by Frankowitsch, one of the best delicatessen in town. Check out this page about Graz listing all picnic spots to go to, and how to book a picnic basket for you and your family, friends or group of travellers. A truly worthwhile experience!
Talking about guided tours in Graz: Should you follow an app, take a ride with the open air bus or make a complete discovery of the iconic Schlossberg hill?
Why not all three! Let’s start with the Schlossberg hill. It is not only worth the climb for having a picnic at the top, as we did. Book yourself a guided tour of the Schlossberg, such as one offered by Sigrid Alber of the certified Graz Guides. She tells us many fascinating historical aspects of the original settlement and development of this central part of Graz, from the iconic clock tower to the Turkish Well and all the way to the bell tower and its “Liesl”. I have never seen neither the bell tower nor the bell “Liesl” before!
Last but not least, I can recommend you download the Locandy app and try the self-guided tour called “Grazer Grazien“. It includes a quiz about the historical facts you discover, and is – in my opinion – especially suitable for travelling with friends or kids! I have also loved my spontaneous decision to board the open air city bus tour in Graz, taking us a little further out than what you would normally see of Graz on a typical city tour. There’s that rumour that it soon runs with food on board, too!
We have actually spent our days in Graz being hosted by the family-run Parkhotel Graz, a place I can recommend not only for its excellent location within Graz. It has a chandelier in its fitness area 😉 a nice big pool and a small, lovely wellness area to relax in after spending the day exploring the city. The restaurant and its food offer is great for both breakfasts and dinner, as we’ve experienced both! Check out more about the Parkhotel in my Instagram stories.
I have published even more travel photos from Graz on Flickr:
When will be your turn to #VisitGraz?
Disclaimer: I have been invited by the city of Graz to come on this trip. All opinions are my own.