Graz is the capital of Styria and the second largest city in Austria. It is situated in southeast Austria and about 200 km southwest of Vienna.
Over 900 years of living history has left its traces in Graz – you will find here architecture of all styles, from the Middle Ages through to the 21st century. The city centre of Graz was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999 and extended by the "Schloss Eggenberg" in 2010.
Around 60,000 students live in Graz and attend the six universities of the city. The Karl-Franzens University of Graz, founded in 1585, has the longest tradition. The Graz University of Technology has produced many internationally renowned architects in the past and present and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz has the oldest jazz department in Europe.
Graz is also known for its prosperous economy. The capital of Styria is the seat of top international companies, for example Magna Steyr, AVL etc. Graz especially supports the development in the following economic sectors: mobility, human and biotechnology, energy and environmental technology, creative industry and tourism. Numerous institutions for science and research are based in Graz.
Cultural events such as the steirischer herbst dedicated to avant garde arts and the Styriarte - festival focusing on Early music, Baroque music as well as music of the Classical period and adopting new approaches, are internationally recognized. For the European Capital of Culture award in 2003, two famous architecture projects were completed: the Kunsthaus Graz (called "The friendly alien") by Peter Cook / Colin Fournier and the "Island in the Mur" designed by artist Vito Acconci.
2001 - first Human Rights City in Europe
2003 - European Capital of Culture
2011 - City of Design