Graz is a small city and you only need one or two days to see the most famous things. But Graz is also a city full of secrets and unusual things, and if you don’t know where to look, you might miss a lot!
Even people living in Graz their whole lives haven’t visited some of the places listed here, or even knew they existed!
So check out here 10 unusual places to visit in Graz, that are not part of a traditional tour of the city.
The Kalvarienberg is a hill in Lend next to the Mur river. It is meant to be a copy of the via Dolorosa of the Golgota cruxifiction hill of Jerusalem. It is quite an unusual thing to visit and there are nice views over Graz from there.
2. The snowman
In Graz there is a snowman that doesn’t melt. It has its home in the Priesterseminar and was created by Manfred Erjautz in 2005. The real name of the sculpture is Das Erforschen der Dauer (searching into permanence).
3. Flying turk
If you walk up the Sporgasse in Graz and blink, you might miss it. The flying turk is placed on top of the door of Palau Sarau. There are many different legends as to how it got up there. One says that the Turkish army was celebrating in the palace at dinner. They had a big chicken at one end of the table, but as someone pushed down on the other side, the chicken went flying out of the window. One of the Turks ran for it and jumped to the window to catch it. Since he was so full from eating, he got stuck through the window and there he stayed.
4. Burgruine Gösting
The Burgruine Gösting is a ruined castle on top of a hill just outside of Graz. There is one small bar inside it but you can only get room temperature drinks, as they do not have any electricity. It’s a nice destination for a hike!
The Skupturenpark (park of modern sculptures) is just outside of Graz and you can get there by car or by bus. It is a very nice place to explore and spend a couple of hours on a nice day. It’s near the Schwarzlsee and you can combine it with a swimming trip in summer.
In the heart of Mariatrost, the Rettenbachklamm is a beautiful hiking route in the midst of waterfalls.
7. Museum of locks and keys
The Schell Collection in Lend is a museum with a collection of 1300 locks, boxes and keys from many different historical eras and everywhere in the world.
Entry to the museum is 8€. Find more info on their website.
8. Herz Jesu Kirche
The Herz Jesu Kirche (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a beautiful neogothic church in the centre of Graz. It has the third tallest bell tower in Austria and can be seen also from the Schloßberg.
9. Mussolini and Hitler glass window
Inside the Stadtpfarrkirche there is a curious depiction of Mussolini and Hitler on stained glass. Go to the end of the church and you will find three tall glass windows, on the left one and at the top right you will see the two unmistakable figures next to each other.
10. Arnold Schwarznegger Museum and Birth House
Not directly in Graz, but very close, is a museum dedicated to arguably the most famous person from this area: Arnold Schwarznegger. Here you can see where he used to live and work out before he found fame in the USA.