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Graz Private Walking Tour

1. Graz Private Walking Tour

Welcome to charming Graz, an exciting place with many nicknames like “UNESCO City of Design”, “City of Human Rights” or the “Culinary Capital City of Austria”. You will discover the harmonious contrast of old and new, its history and importance as an imperial residence of the Habsburg dynasty, and all of its legends. Begin your adventure into history, architecture and modern art, starting from a view of the Schlossberg hill above the city, a testimony of the Middle Ages, when Graz was home to Slavic merchants and traders. Today the Town Hall dominates the market square. Other notable buildings include the 17th-century Luegg House and its impressive stucco façade, the five-story White House with a sandstone relief of the Virgin Mary, the 16th-century Eagle Pharmacy, the 14th century Palais Sturgkh, and the fountain and statue of Archduke Johann dating from 1878. Admire the Landhaushof and its remarkable Renaissance courtyard, the first one in the city. You will be back into the 21st century at the Kunsthaus, Graz's newest exhibition place, and its blob-like ultramodern architecture. Stroll along the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, one of the best-preserved districts in all of central Europe. The romantic alleys and unique architectural legacy of the imperial days leave an impression of Graz, which name actually means “small city” in old Slavic language.

Graz: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

2. Graz: Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Get to know Graz inside out with a Licensed Local Guide. Explore the historic center, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and discover its most important monuments. Immerse yourself in local history and legends! Choose the 2-hour option to discover the best selected highlights of Graz. On this walking tour you will explore the beautiful churches, palaces and monuments of the Old Town, such as the Church of Trinity and Palais Khuenburg. Feel the lively atmosphere of the old Market Square and admire Rathaus while learning about the political, social and economic life of Graz. You will see the famous Oper Graz, which is the second largest opera house in Austria, the 17th century Mausoleum of Kaiser Ferdinands II, and the 15th century Cathedral. The guide will help you find a secret double staircase in the Burg, which you can climb up to enjoy an optical illusion and views. The tour will end at the elegant Sporgasse street Choose the 3-hour option to enter the Graz Cathedral, the crown jewel of churches in Graz. This is your chance to discover the cathedral's amazing royal-imperial architecture, inconspicuous from the outside but with many treasures hidden inside. Admire its rare Gothic fresco paintings and other artworks. On this extended tour you will also head uphill to the iconic Clock Tower, one of the most important symbols of Graz. For an additional fee, your Licensed Guide can take you to the top of the tower for unparalleled views of the city. 4-hours version will give you an unique opportunity of exploring the fascinating collections of the Landeszeughaus. Avoid long queues easily with skip-the-line ticket. Discover the exhibitions on four floors and approximately 2,000 square meters of space to see 32,000 exhibits dating back from the 15th to 18th centuries. It's a really fascinating experience, not only for history lovers! Join 6-hours version to visit the Schlossberg branch of the Graz Museum and learn the history of the Graz even more thoroughly. This fascinating place has a very wide and varied collection of exhibits, so discover the fascinating secrets of the city! Walk around the Schlossberg and have an additional visit at the Burggarten as well. Wander through the idyllic parks and explore the garden’s main highlight - the beautiful Orangery.

Graz Jewish Quarter & Old Town Private Tour

3. Graz Jewish Quarter & Old Town Private Tour

Devastating events from the past changed the Jewish community irreversibly. After World War II, only 110 Graz Jews survived. Follow the path of traces of Jewish culture, history and science. Enjoy the sightseeing of best Old Town sites as well, and find out why it was inscribed on the UNESCO list. Start this unique walking tour by meeting your Private Guide in an easy-finding spot. Explore the University of Graz, the second largest university in Styria. Hear about famous Jewish alumnus, Otto Loewi, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1936. See the fascinating Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. This imperial place of rest impresses with its turquoise domes and majestic appearance. Admire the beauty of Graz Cathedral and discover the Graz Castle. It hides a Jewish gravestone with a poignant epitaph. Walk along the bustling Sporgasse, and reach the Hauptplatz, a charming square surrounded by many historical buildings. Take a stroll through the Herrengasse, where the former Jewish Quarter was located. Finally, explore the modern building of the Graz Synagogue and hear the fascinating history of the former one, destroyed during the Kristallnacht. Did you know that bricks from the old synagogue were used for construction of the new one? This one-of-a-kind tour will give you a unique opportunity to learn everything about Austrian Jews and Jewish Community in Graz. Your Expert-Guide will make sure you get the most of your experience and will provide important, but extremely interesting information about the sites

Graz: Whatsapp Murder Mystery Interactive City Tour

4. Graz: Whatsapp Murder Mystery Interactive City Tour

Solve a murder and at the same time see all the highlights of the city center of Graz. Play this unique game with a group of friends or your family. You will receive instructions, a photo frame and an answer form in advance via email. You'll also receive a map of the city where the murder took place. The center is divided into sections where you have to look for a location where you can take a group selfie. Once you've located the spot, send a selfie via WhatsApp to your game instructor. If the location's correct, they'll send you the next clue about the murder. As you walk along the nicest places in the centre of the city, you will collect more and more clues about the murder. During the game you will have enough time to enter a cafe or shop that you pass and to admire some of the highlights of Graz.

Graz Crime Experience: self-guided crime tour

5. Graz Crime Experience: self-guided crime tour

If you are looking for the perfect mix between an outdoor escape game and a scavenger hunt, Crime-Trails are for you! Take over the investigation to find the culprit in a fictitious crime case. You will solve treacherous murders, crafty robberies, or shrewd kidnappings – the options are endless. Equipped with your smartphones, a case file, and a code for the arrest warrant, you and your family, friends or partner in crime begin the investigation at the scene of crime. It is up to you to decide which clues to follow first. Crime-Trails are designed for young as well as experienced hobby detectives from 12 years and up. 1. Purchasing a Crime-Trail After the purchase has been completed, you will receive a voucher code that gives you access to the case file along with a code to generate your arrest warrant at the end of the game. Once you have downloaded the case file, you can start the game whenever you like. There is no further preregistration needed. The case file includes an introductions as well as instructions to your mission. Note: Print the case file for a better overview during the game! 2. Locating the Scene of Crime To begin your investigation, find the location marked “scene of crime” in your case file. Once you arrive at the scene, familiarize yourselves with the case, scan the QR code on the crime file to get started and solve the first question. During the game you will communicate with the Crime-Trails headquarters to send out your answers to receive more and more clues as you move through the case. Note: All Crime-Trails can be played whenever you want to start your investigation! It does not matter when you purchase your crime file, it does not expire. 3. Starting the Investigation After you have solved the first question and established communication with the headquarters, you can visit the locations marked on the map in any order. Throughout the Crime-Trail you will stay in touch with the headquarters in order to receive further clues that help you solve the case. We do advice that you visit all locations, so you do not miss any important information. There will be no guide or organizer on site. In case you have any problems or questions, you can request a hint from the headquarters. Since the Crime-Trails are played outdoors and in individual groups, they are compatible with any Covid-19 restrictions. 4. Catching the Culprit Once you have solved all riddles and identified the culprit, you will be able to arrest this person and see weather you solved the case correctly or missed out any details.

Graz: Schlossberg Private Guided Tour

6. Graz: Schlossberg Private Guided Tour

This charming Austrian town takes its name from a castle that was built more than 1000 years ago on a hill in the middle of the city, Schlossberg. The name Graz emerged from the Slavic word ""Gradec"" meaning ""little castle"". The city offers a bunch of great attractions, so discover the best spots and fascinating legends on a Private Walking Tour with 5-Stars Guide. Choose 2-hour tour to climb the Schlossberg Hill, a heart of Graz. Discover its true essence by walking among charming greenery and listening to interesting stories and facts from your Expert Guide. Visit the Clock Tower, and discover Graz's oldest historic bells and coats of arms. Sit and relax while enjoying the unique view of the city. Time goes slower there! Walk along the paths of the park and discover many wonderful places. See the off-the-beaten-track Chinese Pavilion. This little inconspicuous building offers another breath-taking view of the city. Explore the Schlossberg’s picturesque towers and monuments while admiring captivating nature. Extend your tour to 3-hours and have an additional visit at the Graz Museum. Explore the various collection of exhibits and learn even more fascinating facts and information. The museum offers 15 collections and 100,000 exhibits waiting for you to discover them! See some Old Town highlights as well. Stroll through the Hauptplatz and admire beautiful fountains and surrounding historical buildings. Walk along the Sporgasse, a bustling shopping street, and see the one of a kind Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. Last but not least climb up the phenomenal double spiral Gothic staircase at the Graz Castle. It’s a Must See while in Graz!

Special Christmas Tour Around Graz

7. Special Christmas Tour Around Graz

Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places and markets. How does Graz celebrate Christmas? How many Christmas markets are in Graz? Discover a wide variety of Styrian traditions and customs, which include a wide range of seasonal products, including the traditional Glühwein. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year!  You will experience the capital of Styria in a different perspective: filled with colors with its traditional offerings and particular vibes. The Christmas and Advent special times brings magic to Graz main square.

Graz WWII Themed Old Town Tour with Graz Museum

8. Graz WWII Themed Old Town Tour with Graz Museum

During World War II Graz was bombed and strongly devastated. Most of the Old Town buildings survived, so they are now authentic traces of turbulent history. Get to know the history of Graz during war and see connected places. Explore the most popular Old Town sights as well and have and additional visit at the Graz Museum to see WWII themed exhibitions. During 2-hours you will have a comprehensive tour led by an Expert-Guide. Discover the WWII history and how the city was damaged and rebuilt. Be guided by the best highlights of Old Town as well. Stroll through the bustling Sporgasse while admiring surrounding historical buildings, then explore the Graz Castle and climb up the dizzying double spiral stairs. Marvel at the stunning Graz Cathedral and Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II with its remarkable turquoise domes. See the Glockenspiel and if you lucky, you’ll hear the carillon melody played three times a day. During World War II the bells stopped chiming. They were made into arms and renewed only in 1956. Stroll through the Hauptplatz, the city’s main square and take a moment to look at the Franciscan Church, which was significantly damaged in WWII. At last, discover the foot of the Schlossberg hill. It hides an extensive system of tunnels below, created during WWII to protect the civilian population of Graz from aerial bombing. Extend your tour to 3-hours and enjoy an additional visit at the Graz Museum. Follow your 5-Stars Guide and learn even more interesting facts and stories. Museum’s exhibitions show important events from the past, including the World War II. In five rooms visitors can explore a diverse collection of historical evidence and important events from the history of Graz.

Private Graz Walking Tour for Couples

9. Private Graz Walking Tour for Couples

Experience a romantic two-hour walking tour in Graz, where you’ll discover the enchanting Hauptplatz and its iconic landmarks. Admire the magnificent Ayuntamiento and the impressive Landeszeughaus (Styrian Armory). Listen to the delightful sounds of the Glockenspiel and witness the historic Mausoleum Kaiser Ferdinands II. Marvel at the grandeur of Graz Cathedral and take a leisurely stroll along the charming Sporgasse. Explore the serene Franciscan Church and be captivated by the unique architecture of the Murinsel. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to see the renowned Uhrturm and enjoy a memorable time together.

Private Full Day Trip to Zagreb from Vienna

10. Private Full Day Trip to Zagreb from Vienna

Your trip will begin with an early pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in Vienna. As you sit back, enjoy beautiful landscapes on your way South. Our first stop will be Graz, a charming town where you will have time for breakfast and coffee. After Graz, we continue our ride through beautiful Slovenia and then we arrive to Croatia's capital Zagreb. Enjoy ample free time to explore Zagreb on your own. Visit famous sites such as Ban Jelacic Square dedicated to the governor from the middle of the 19th century, who abolished serfdom and convened the first elections for the Croatian Parliament. Continue your walk to Tkalciceva Street to see Cathedral, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, Zrinjevac, and many more. Try out local cuisines at one of the many restaurants in the city center. Your tour concludes with transportation back to your hotel/accommodation in Vienna.

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based on 10 reviews

What a varied, exciting and amusing old town tour that Leo Engelmayer offered us in Graz! We were very enthusiastic about his great knowledge and valuable tips, which we were able to use very well not only for our onward journey through Styria, but also for the detour to Maribor. We can recommend our competent and nice guide to everyone with conviction! Thank you again and we hope to see you again!

The guide was terrific. The only issue was the meeting point at “the old Romanian church.” Much too obscure. Even tourist office uncertain where it was. The guide agreed. Should meet at Hautplatz at the statue. Unmistakable.

Awesome private tour in Graz! We saw sights that only an experienced guide coujd show us! I highly recommend this tour!