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Sleep, eat and drink in Graz

Graz is a great place for a mini-break. The second-largest city in Austria has many sights to discover, cool activities, century-old history and modern art. Now add stylish accommodation, excellent food and the most remarkable places for a drink to the equation I listed below.

 

Hotel Wiesler, somewhere between soul and art nouveau

Gustav Klimt Hotel Wiesler

A work of art by Gustav Klimt decorates one of the dining rooms, while cheerful hand-painted Mexican washbasins brighten up the bedrooms. This funky hotel has five stars. The light-flooded building has been a hotel for over a hundred years.

Famous guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, the Dalai Lama and Jennifer Lawrence have been guests here. The bedrooms have wooden floors, comfortable beds and all the comfort you expect from a five-star hotel, such as hairdryers, a safe fridge, a television and air conditioning.

View prices and availability here.

Wiesler hotel Graz washbasin

A five-star breakfast buffet

If the hotel is above your budget, try at least the breakfast buffet. It includes fresh fruit, yoghurt, salmon (yum yum), all kinds of bread, jam, cheeses and a chocolate fountain. Yes,  that’s right, a chocolate fountain.

Hotel Wiesler buffet
Wiesler restaurant Graz

Location Hotel Wiesler Graz

The hotel is located at the river Mur in the historic city centre of Graz, within walking distance of the most important sights and restaurants.

Grieskai 4-8, Gries, 8020 Graz

Hotel Wiesler breakfast

Lendhotel, modern comfort

Lend Hotel Graz art

The Lendhotel sits in a modern building where art is omnipresent in the communal areas. But, on the other hand, the spacious bedrooms are decorated in 50 shades of grey.

Their roof terrace is ideal for a sundowner whilst enjoying a 360º view of the city. On the same floor, you will find a well-equipped gym.

View prices and availability here.

Lend hotel Graz restaurant

A la carte breakfast

The Lend hotel serves an ‘a la carte’ breakfast with locally produced ingredients from the nearby farmers market.

Try the ‘Lendfrühstück’ (photo) with delicious bread, scrambled eggs, different types of cheese, yogurt, jam, ham, fresh orange juice, fruit and coffee or tea.

Success guaranteed.

Lend Hotel Graz Gym

Location Lendhotel

This hotel is in the trendy Lend district. That is approximately a 1-kilometre walk from the clock tower and the old town of Graz.

Grüne Gasse 2, Lend, 8020 Graz

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Lend hotel Graz breakfast

The best restaurants in Graz and surroundings

The capital of culinary delights

The yearly highlight is in August when the city celebrates its gastronomic status with a ‘long table‘. A ticket for an evening filled with culinary delights, music and regional top wines will set you back 140 euros. That is if you happen to be one of the 750 lucky ones. Tickets at the long table with the Schlossberg, the clock tower, and the historic town hall in the background are sold out well in advance.

Luckily there is plenty of choice during the rest of the year. The better restaurants in the Styria region use regional products. Some places only serve traditional dishes; others boast a more innovative cuisine.

Eating out in Graz

Aiola is represented by various restaurants in Graz. These restaurants operate at the top of the market in terms of price range, dishes and especially locations.

Graz Scholssberg restaurant Aiola

Aiola Upstairs

The main reason to visit Aiola Upstairs is the prime location. From the Schlossberg terrace, you can view the entire city and the iconic clock tower. Start at 9 a.m with breakfast or indulge in a sumptuous dinner til midnight.

The restaurant is quite large, with 60 seats inside and 120 outside. Keep in mind that the service can be a bit slow. Count on around 25 euros for the main course. 3.50 pp is added to the bill for service costs.

Location

Schloßberg 2, 8010 Graz

Lam Schlossberg
tuna carpaccio Schlossberg
Restaurant Aiola Graz im Schloss

Aiola im Schloss

Slightly outside the city centre is the spectacular Aiola im Schloss. The ‘Schloss’ is one of the favourite wedding locations in Graz. In the summer months, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail on the terrace. In the winter, start with a local red wine by a roaring fire.

Location

Andritzer Reichsstrasse 144 8046 Graz

salad Aiola
Drinks Aiola garden
Dessert restaurant Aiola

Beef Bar in Frohnleiten

If you have transportation and a little more time, go to the town of Frohnleiten, a picturesque village 30 km from Graz. Here you will find the Beer Bar. The restaurant’s inside wall dates back to 1615.

The Beef Bar is a tiny restaurant that specializes in, yes, beef. To be honest, I would normally choose fish or a vegetarian dish over meat, but for this restaurant, I gladly make an exception. The meat is cooked on green eggs. It is delicious, juicy and tender.

It is open Wednesday to Friday from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Frohnleiten fountain

Location

Hauptplatz 20
A-8130 Frohnleiten

beef bar

Cafés in Graz

gemütlichkeit beer

Terraces, bars and cafes in Graz

The regional capital of the Styria province has a variety of terraces, cafés and other places of entertainment. In addition, the historic centre of Graz has countless possibilities to grab a beer. It becomes challenging to choose the best. And we don’t want that on a break.

Therefore, I have listed below my two favourite locations for a bit of social lubrication.

 Schlossberg Biergarten

Schlossberg Biergarten

The Schlossberg Biergarten is surrounded by greenery, has a relaxed atmosphere, fantastic views over the city (because of Schlossberg) and, of course, plenty of beer. From April to October, you can regularly enjoy live ‘Austropop’. The entrance is free.

Location

Schloßberg 6a, 8010 Graz
Mur Insel Graz

Murinsel, island in the Mur

The Mur insel is island, café, bridge and artwork, all in one,  after a design by Vito Acconci. Enjoy an apple strudel with coffee on, or should I say, in the water. 

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location

The address of this cafe is … Murinsel. 

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