"Influenced by the Mediterranean." Graz by Jerelis

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On the southside of the Alps.

In my childhood I stayed with my parents in the small village of Hinterstoder. On a heavily cloudy day they decided to go the city of Graz, and we was not sorry for that. Due to its position southeast of the Alps, Graz is shielded from the prevailing westerly winds and the weather is thus influenced by the Mediterranean. It has more hours of sunshine per year than any other city. We witnessed it immediately, because at the moment we entered the city the sky opened up and the sun did arrive! The reason why my parents wanted to go to Graz was rather simple, it is the second-largest city of Austria after Vienna. So their conclusion was that there had to be something of interest to see? And indeed there was ...

It dates back to the Copper Age.

The oldest settlement on the ground of the modern city of Graz dates back to the Copper Age. However, there is no historical continuity of a settlement before the Middle Ages. Graz was often unsuccessfully assaulted by the Hungarians and by the Ottoman Turks. It owes its rich history of fortified buildings due to this historical time. The contrast with today is magnificent as in the last few years some strikingly modern new public buildings have been erected in the city.

  • Last visit to Graz: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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