Old and new in harmony

On the traces of a successful synthesis

It is not just the gem of the almost fully preserved historical city center that makes Graz so special – it is due to the successful combination of old and new. The UNESCO Cultural Heritage and contemporary amendments – “self-confident” buildings, skillfully added to the cityscape, all of the highest quality. International competitions bring famous names as Nieto Sobejano to Graz. This is how the city keeps itself young and lively.

Program options:

Glazed elevator Through the mountain to the very center of Graz - Reiner Schmid (2000)

Island in the Mur Floating island in the river, flagship of the European Capital of Culture 2003 - Vito Acconci (2003)

Kunsthaus The “Friendly Alien“ for contemporary art - Cook & Fournier (2003)

Residence Silberner Elefant Typical for Graz: new penthouses on old walls - Domenig & Wallner (2010)

Office building Nikolaiplatz A solitary building with an award for successful amendment in the context - Bramberger & Pucher (2010)

Visitor´s center Joanneumsviertel A subterranean access to two museums and a library, flooded with light - Nieto Sobejano + eep architects (2012)

Kastner & Öhler 125 years long history of a very special department store, latest extension by Nieto Sobejano (2010)

Old University From the Jesuit´s University to a representative event location - Bramberger Architects (2007) 

Tour angeboten als:

Short tour: 2.5 – 3.0 hours
Extended Tour: 4.0 hours (with overview and introduction on the Castel Mountain)


We recommend this tour as the first steps of a Graz visit, easily to combine with each thematic tour. Best to walk or with the city tramline.