The Uhrturm (Watchtower) is not only beautiful to look at, but it is home to one of the oldest bells in the country. And, it ... More
The Uhrturm (Watchtower) is not only beautiful to look at, but it is home to one of the oldest bells in the country. And, it doesn't just stop at that. It serves a practical function. The hands of the clock work the other way round; the small hand shows the minutes and the big one the hours, making it much easier to read. The Uhrturm was constructed in 1560 and the bell rung to announce impending executions; later it indicated the closing hour for pubs and cafes.
I went here on a camp when I was eleven twice.
It was amazing. I'd definitely go back! The view was AMAZING. I would not suggest very small children if you decide to take the stairs, but the stairs are the best way to experience this wonderful sight.
An old city with lots of history - great little streets to wander and drink great coffee, cold beers or champagne! Had the best schnitzel ever, coated with pumpkin seeds which is the local favorite. Try the pumpkin seed oil on salads too. Very nutty taste, a change from the same old olive oil! I brought several bottles home only to find some in a local Euro deli shop!! Look for the very unique statue of the soldiers leg sticking out of the top of one of the downtown buildings. It is said to represent the battle in which the Austrians defeated the Turks and this leg was a copy of the last Turkish leg as it ran out of Graz!! Not sure how any local Turks would feel about that!! Drove out of town about 1 hour and found many wineries close to the Hungarian border. Great places where you can sample the wine and have lunch at the same time in beautiful surroundings. Have fun, Graz is a great place to spend several days.
The Schlossberg is the center of Graz. The view from the top is beautiful! 3 ways to get to the top: 1)You can take an elevator for a small fee 2) a cable car- no extra charge if you already have a bus pass 3) or you can climb the 200-300+ stairs. There is an outdoor concert venue, a traditional restaurant, a modern restaurant, and a cafe, not to mention the Uhrturm, breathtaking gardens, and winding paths.
The view from the top, at the clock tower, is a magnificent sight, all of Graz its below you. The tower was originally part of a fortress but was destroyed as part of an agreement with Napolean and the clock tower is all that is left. Its a beautiful sight and I highly recommend it as a great place to go to see all of Graz.