House signs

Crescent with a face in Graz

A house sign with moon showing a face

This house sign in a lane in Graz depicts a bird as well as a star and crescent combination. If you look carefully you’ll see the moon is showing a face. This sign is located on a 17th-century portal at the address Schmiedgasse 20 in Graz.


Schell Collection in Graz

Renaissance figurine at the Schell Collection

At the Schell Collection, also known as Museum of Keys (Schlüsselmuseum), you can learn a lot about keys, locks, chests and jewellery boxes. Another focus is on decorative ironwork used for house signs, grave crosses, windows and doors.


Group Décor Sonore in Graz

Décor Sonore playing a traffic sign in Graz, Austria

At the beginning of the festival La Strada, I watched the French group Décor Sonore playing in the streets of the city using handrails, barriers, traffic signs and even balcony rails as instruments. By the way, the German word for beginning is ‘Anfang’.


Pumpkin seed oil tasting in Graz

Pumpkin seed oil degustation in Graz, Austria

During summer 2013 the organization Steirisches Kürbiskernöl g.g.A. (Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil P.D.O.) offers a tasting for pumpkin seed oil in a traditional restaurant of Graz. Opposite to other tastings of products this event doesn’t present different types of pumpkin seed oil for selling but explain the difference between Styrian pumpkin seed oil and other oils from abroad.


Grazer Burg in Graz

Grazer Burg in Graz, Austria

The construction of the Grazer Burg (Graz Castle) started in 1438 by Duke Friedrich V. The photo above was taken from the Burggarten, a hidden park just outside the old walls of Graz.


Restaurant ‘Speisesaal’ in Graz

Restaurant 'Speisesaal' in Graz, Austria

Restaurant Speisesaal is located on the ground floor of Hotel Wiesler. Personally, I’d consider it as a venue for having a good time while eating a huge burger or steak and listening to music presented by a DJ.


Learning about the architecture of Graz

Old and modern architecture combined in Graz, AustriaIn Graz there is a special offer provided by the Graz Guides and VeloVital. By a guided e-bike tour of three hours one can learn about different forms of architecture located in the city. As the tour is performed by e-bikes one come across a lot of different places scattered all over the city. More…

Accommodations Hotels

Hotel Wiesler in Graz

Hotel Wiesler in Graz, AustriaHotel Wiesler is located next to the centre of Graz. After a short walk, guests reach the Kunsthaus (Museum of Contemporary Art) or the central marketplace. From many rooms, one has a fine view of the landmark of Graz, the Uhrturm (a clock tower).


McIntosh apples in Graz

McIntosh apple at a farmer market in Graz, Austria

At the Kaiser-Josef-Markt – the oldest farmer market of Graz – I saw this offer for McIntosh apples. Well, the spelling on this label is wrong but the story of these apples is interesting. I was told the famous computer model Apple Macintosh is named after this apple.


Selection of Styrian delicacies

Selection of Styrian delicacies

On a tour through Graz guided by the Graz Guides I had this selection of Styrian delicacies at the restaurant Eckstein. By the way did you know that Graz is also known as Austria’s Capital of Culinary Delights? More…


The cat at the ice cream shop

Cat at ice cream shop in Graz, Austria

Cute! A cat observing people in front of an ice cream shop in my native town Graz, Austria. I wonder what it is thinking right at that moment. Any ideas?


Elevator up to the clock tower of Graz

Elevator inside a rock in Graz, Austria

A special way to go up to the clock tower on top of a rock in the centre of Graz is taking this elevator. The lift connects a tunnel inside the rock with the plateau next to the clock tower. While going up in this glazed cab one have an exciting view of the elevator shaft taught in a strange blue light.