CITY OF KNOWLEDGE
GRAZ HAS BEEN A UNIVERSITY TOWN SINCE 1585
Know-how from Graz goes international. Six universities with more than 16 faculties form the basis of the excellent international reputation of Graz as a research and academical location. Research institutions in aerospace and automotive technology, in biotechnology and plant design are located in Graz. The same holds true for private hightech businesses that export their products worldwide.
CITY OF CONTRASTS
Graz, the exciting city of culture, and particularly its historic city centre, offers the ideal location to stage seminars, trade fairs or conferences.It is not by chance that Graz is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. For centuries, in the historic city centre around Schlossberg hill, a townscape has been growing that is worthy of protection. Since the Middle Ages, the unique and well preserved architectural styles spanning from Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Art Nouveau and, of course, the modern, have not only seen an increase in value but are also indicative of a sense of tradition and art.
In fact, contemporary art and architecture enrich the cultural scene as much as classical culture: the Graz Opera House, theatres and festivals of classical music. In 2003, Graz was also acclaimed European Capital of Culture. “The friendly alien” art centre and the Island in the Mur still bear witness to that year of celebration.
CONFERENCE VENUE GRAZ
WHERE SCIENCE MEETS ART, CULTURE AND PASSION
Organisers of scientific conferences in particular have appreciated Graz as a conference destination for many years. Being Austria’s second largest city as well as an important research and business location, Graz has, with good reason, evolved into a renowned conference venue that enjoys an excellent international reputation. Every year, approximately 45000 conference guests make use of the historic and modern congress centres. They appreciate the city’s easy accessibility, as much as its sophisticated cuisine and famous Austrian hospitality. A variety of supporting programmes and day excursions, served with Styrian delicacies and regional wines, add culinary value to any event. Worth mentioning is the pleasant size of the Styrian capital. In fact, many of the excellent hotels are within walking distance of the conference centres. The rich choice of sights and cultural events is another decisive reason for choosing Graz.
CAPITAL OF CULINARY DELIGHTS
MEET WITH DELIGHT
With Styrian pumpkin seed oil, Käferbohnen beans, Grazer Krauthäuptel lettuce, awardwinning wines and a gift for enjoying, Graz people are well ahead of those from other cities. That Mediterranean panache is everywhere.
Sunny spots in cheery beer gardens, promenades in the historic city centre and narrow, atmospheric alleyways, combined with over 2,300 hours of sunshine convey a southern European atmosphere.