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This is the interior of an interesting museum called "Neue Galerie"in the very centre of Graz, and even when you are not at all interested in the quite frequently changing exhibitions, this Gallery might be of interest for you, as it has a unique baroque staircase and a really beautiful fresco on top of these stairs.
Just enter the house, NO need at all to care about the ticket-box next to the entrance, the exhibitions are on 1st and 2nd floor and the stair-case may be entered freely and without restrictions during the day !! - You will need an extra-wideange-lense in order to get a picture of that rather narrow staircase.
It is the street leading from Hauptplatz to Kriegsteig.
The exhibitions of the museum in Neue Galerie are open :
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m., thursday untill 08.00p.m.
Stift Rein - 18km north of Graz
Stift Rein / Rein monastery is in a distance of 18km north of Graz and it makes certainly a great day-excursion, maybe in connection with the pilgrim-church in Strassengel and the open-air-museum in Stübing !
Stift Rein is the oldest Zistersienser-monastery in the world, dating back to the year 1129. It is a boarding school today and well known for the beautiful interior of its basilica, the library and a few beautifully decorated rooms inside the monastery. You may enter the basilica freely and without restrictions, BUT all the rest of the monastery may be visited only by a guided tour - mostly at 11.30a.m. - BUT you better check in advance with the telephone-number indicated below !
private "Watzke-bus" Nr.110 / 111 / 120 leaving at Lendplatz in Graz
and leave the bus at Rein-Gemeindeamt !
You may get there by your own car - 18km north of the city of Graz !
Kanonenbastei & Garnisonsmuseum on Schlossberg
The Kanonenbastei / Cannon-hut on Schlossberg dates back to the year 1544 and it was built according to plans made by Domenico Dell' Allio. Today you may visit a small museum inside this part of Schloßberg and these cannons have first served its purpose here on this very spot in oder to fight against enemies... later they were used also in order to warn the population of Graz of approaching enemies and of fire. Some of the cannons may be seen from outside of the museum, I also made my picture from the terrace in front of the Garnisonsmuseum.
tuesday-sunday 10.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.
Palais Saurau & a turque warrior in the facade
Palais Saurau Goess is an interesting building in Sporgasse 25 :
This building dates back to the year 1566 and first of all you might see an interesting sculpture at the top of the facade : a turque with a sword and a shield, who seems to be looking out of a window on top. Make sure, you will not miss this lovely decoration - you will pass by it on the left of Sporgasse, shortly before Karmeliterplatz, where the steep part of Sporgasse is finished and the street gets rather flat again.
Palais Saurau is in private posession, but during the day you may also take a quick look into the beautiful innercourt with plenty of nice medieval arcades freely and without restrictions.
K&K Hofbäckerei Edegger Tax
K&K Hofbäckerei Edegger Tax is a traditional bakery and confectionary in Graz / Hofgasse with a long tradition :
Don't miss this great traditional bakery - HOFbäckerei is a title that only those backeries were allowed to use, that were delivering their goods to the royal court, and of course the taste of the emperor was a certain guarantee for perfect goods and service !
Specialities like "Sissi-Busserl" and "Kaiser-Zwieback" may be tasted there still today !
Hofbäckerei Edegger Tax with the golden royal eagle on top of their entrance-gate - that is certainly the most beautiful of all shop-facades in Graz. When you enlarge my picture, you may see some of the fine wooden decorations and inlaids, the whole facade was recently restored.
Be prepared that this bakery is a bit more expensive than others in that area !
The adress is : Hofbäckerei Edegger A 8010 Graz Hofgasse 6
Other Contact: %B%CBFax +43 316 83 02 30-13
Phone: +43 316 83 02 30-0
Herzoghof in Herrengasse Nr.3
Herzoghof - also called Gemaltes Haus is the name of the building on my picture and it has certainly one of the most beautiful facades in Herrengasse ! The building dates back to the year 1360 and was used by the Habsburg family, in 1742 the facade of today was made by Johann Mayer and shows gods of the roman and greek mythology ! When you click on my picture you may see the fine details of the frescos that actually cover all of the building's front facade.
Herzoghof is in Herrengasse Nr. 3, just about 100 meters from the Hauptplatz / main-square and the Rathaus, but at the opposite side of the street.
Best time to make a photograph of Herzoghof is the afternoon, when the sun will shine directely on most of the facade and maybe at night, when it is lighted.
open-air-museum Stübing - 18km north of Graz
Just 18km north of Graz you may find one of the most interesting open-air-museums in Austria :
In a large area in a side-valley you will find 90 traditional buildings from all parts of Austria, that were re-constructed again in Stübing. All of these buildings are fully furnished and after having payed the entrance-fee of 7,50 Euros, you may walk around on your own. - The whole tour takes more than 2 hours.
You may take the "Watzke"bus #110 or bus #131 from Lendplatz in Graz, or you may drive a few Km on the highway - direction Bruck an der Mur and leave at the 2nd exit of the highway !
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: +43(0)93124 53700
Strassengel - 9km north of Graz
Strassengel is an interesting pilgrim-church 9km north of Graz.The pilgrim-church dates back to the 14th century and was built on top of a small hill overlooking the landscape. There are some nice gothic details in the facade of the church and great gothic windows .One of the towers is made like a small-scale imitation of the spire of Stephansdom / St.Stephen cathedral in Vienna.
Sometimes the village is also called "Judendorf - Strassengel "
You may get to A-8111 Judendorf-Strassengel by train - it is 9km north of Hauptbahnhof. Or you take your car : drive towards Bruck an der Mur and leave the highway again at the very 1st exit.
Phone: +43(0)3124 51255
The Open Air Theatre on Schlossberg
On Schloßberg you will find this interesting open-air-theatre, that was recently built into the medieval Casematten (the living-quaters of the soldiers)
That theatre offers a wide stage and it has plenty of small balconies and another 300 seats to watch the performances.
During nice weather-conditions the roof could be slided away. When you click on my picture, you may see that the boxes / balconies are quite simple and without seats, maybe the visitors will stand there or come with their private camping-chairs.
During the day you may walk inside that theatre, and when you are lucky you will find one of the boxes unlocked.
a great inner-court in Sporgasse 22
Sporgasse is one of the most interesting small streets in the pedestrian area of Graz and it leads from Herrengasse and Hauptplatz towards the Schlossberg (castle). Whenever you are walking through Graz,you should not hesitate to take a look for the innercourts, whenever you find an open door - this style in architecture reminds me a lot of the courts of my hometown Steyr ( no wonder - Steiermark used to belong to Steyr and many architects simply might have copied the medieval houses of the "hometown" Steyr...
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