Graz is a lovely city in the south-east of Austria. It has 280,000 inhabitants, with around 430,000 in the surrounding area.
Graz is Austria’s second largest city. Its location in the centre of south-east-Europe means that it plays a very important role connecting east and west. As the capital city of Styria, it is often called the “gateway to the east”.
Our city lies at the crossroads of European culture. Romanic, Slavic, Hungarian and Alpine-Germanic influences have all mingled to form a city with a unique character. This is reflected in our buildings, which range from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Historicism to Art Nouveau in the old town.
In 1999, the Graz city centre became a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Graz also achieved the title “UNESCO City of Design”. In 2003, it was the “Cultural Capital of Europe”. The city also has the biggest medieval armoury in the world, with about 30,000 single pieces of arms and armoury.
Graz and Styria are called Austria's great “technology-plant”, because every third high-tech-innovation in Austria is created in this region. Forty per cent of employees in this area work in technology.
Graz has eight institutions of higher education with 60,000 students. These include four universities:
There are also two universities of applied sciences and two teacher training colleges.
Graz is a “City of Human Rights”. It has several institutions that ensure the city has a peaceful environment.