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Austria’s 2nd largest city Graz, is also the World Cultural Heritage, is another pleasant surprise for us. While exploring the narrow lanes and inner courtyards, we fully indulged ourselves in the atmosphere of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, in contrast with futuristic architecture. Graz’s trademark: “The synthesis between tradition and modernity.”

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‘Grazer Kunsthaus – an exhibition centre Kunsthaus, nicknamed “the friendly alien”, an architectural must-see designed by renown architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier.’ Graz Tourist Information.

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‘Murinsel (Island in the mur) – one of the main architectural projects of the Cultural Capital year 2003. Designed by New York artist Vito Acconci, the Murinsel resembles an giant open mussel, connected with the shores by two walkways. Conceived as a meeting place for young and old, it holds a cafe, an amphithetre and a playground.’ Graz Tourist Information.

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“Graz is Central Europe’s best preserved historical city centre.” Written on a pamphlet we picked up from Graz Tourist Information Center. The pamphlet contents useful information pointing out the highlights of the city and provided us a few self-guided walking tour around the city. A great way to start.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Graz…

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