Graz was first mentioned in 12th century as ''gradec'' (etymologically from Slovene), which basically means "little fortress". It's the second largest city in Austria.
Above: View from the bridge over Mur river. The hill in the back is Schlossberg with Clock Tower on the right. The church tower belongs to Franciscan monastery church.
Above: The City Hall (Rathaus) is just breathtaking. On 14th March 2010 Graz became a UNESCO City of Design. I can see why.
Above: The other side of the City Hall. Oh, the architecture!
Above: In the centre of Hauptplatz there's a fountain/monument dedicated to Archduke Johann. It features statues of four women symbolising the rivers Mur, Enns, Drava and Sann. It's great to sit on the stairs under the fountain and watch the people and buildings around it. I think that's so European. XD
Above: The stairs to the Schlossberg (which literally means ''castle mountain'') and Tower Clock.
I want to go back to Graz as soon as possible. But next time I'll be ready. I'll write down all the sights and streets, so I don't get lost, like the last time. XD Did I mention Graz is a great city for shopping?
Thanks for looking!