10 Wonderful Facts About Graz

Facts About Graz

  1. Graz is the second biggest city in Austria and the capital of Styria.
  2. The oldest reference to Graz in historical documents is from 1128.
  3. Graz was designated the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003 and became a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.
  4. In 1999, the city’s historic center was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
  5. Graz is twinned with: Montclair, New Jersey, United States; Coventry, England, United Kingdom; Groningen, Netherlands; Darmstadt, Germany; Trondheim, Norway; Pula, Croatia; Trieste, Italy; Timişoara, Romania; Maribor, Slovenia; Pécs, Hungary; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Ljubljana, Slovenia & Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  6. The Population of Graz is 439,236, as of 2018.
  7. The Roman Empire used Graz as a stronghold to defend against enemies on the southeast.
  8. Graz hosts the annual festival of classical music Styriarte, founded in 1985 to tie conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt closer to his hometown.
  9. The oldest settlement on the ground of the modern city of Graz dates back to the Copper Age. However, no historical continuity exists of a settlement before the Middle Ages.
  10. Graz is situated on both sides of the Mur river in southeast Austria.

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