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Sleep, eat and drink in Graz

Graz is a great place for a mini break. The second largest city of Austria has many sights to discover, cool activities, century old history and modern art. Now just add trendy accommodation, excellent food and the coolest places for a drink to the equation, which 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. The hotel has five stars, is funky and hip. The light-flooded building has been used as 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, safe, fridge, 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, yogurt, 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

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

Grieskai 4-8, Gries, 8020 Graz

Hotel Wiesler breakfast

Lendhotel, modern comfort

Lend Hotel Graz art

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

Their roof terrace is the ideal place 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

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

Grüne Gasse 2, Lend, 8020 Graz

View prices and availability here.

Lend hotel Graz breakfast

The best restaurants in Graz and surroundings

What better place to dine than in ‘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, 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 Styria region use regional products. Some places only serve traditional dishes, others boast a more innovative cuisine.

Aiola is represented with 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 terrace on the Schlossberg you have a view of 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 a 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

If you have transportation and a little more time, go to the town of Frohnleiten. This is a picturesque town 30 km from Graz. Here you will find the Beer Bar. The restaurant is built in a wall that 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

The regional capital of the Styria province has a variety of terraces, cafés and other places of entertainment. The historic centre of Graz has countless possibilities to grab a beer. Really this is a problem of overload. 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 Schlossberg) and of course plenty of beer. From April to October you can regularly enjoy live ‘austropop’. 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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