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Green areas and avant- garde buildings, design and cultural events. All to be discovered in Austria’s second largest city for Europe’s oldest art festival With 300,000 inhabitants, Graz is manageable in size, has plenty of green and is home to over 45,000 students. Once dubbed ‘ Pensioner- ville’, its year as European Culture Capital in 2003 gave it new appeal and growing international style. Its cultural offerings are very varied, not just during Steirischer Herbst, the annual international contemporary art festival, but also for the Designmonat Graz festival and the Designforum Steiermark. Museums and art galleries Kunsthaus Graz is the epicentre of the local art scene. Built to celebrate the city’s year as European Culture Capital, it has stimulated the development of the Lendplatz district. Today, you can discover private galleries and exhibition venues, boutiques, coffee shops and hotels. Architecture and design Guenther Domenig ( 1934— 2012) is the most famous local architect, the author of many buildings in the city. These include the Augarten Art Hotel, marked by its exterior in steel and glass, with atmospheric interiors, design furnishings and a collection of about 400 artworks. New talent Many up- andcoming names in the local architecture scene learnt the ropes
at the studio of Thomas Pucher: Anna Jurkiewicz and Robert Lamprecht, professionally known as Superfuturegroup, are one of these. Food Plenty of famous coffee shops, such as Kunsthauscafé, where you can sample homemade schnitzels and desserts. The Frankowitsch confectioner’s delights its customers with traditional cakes, while the Eisperle ice cream parlour combines traditional artisanal fare with design.
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