Recently dubbed the “cultural capital of Europe,” the Austrian city of Graz is home to numerous museums and historic attractions.
The Museum of the Castle Garrison, or Garnisonmuseum, is the city’s large military museum and it offers exhibits from nearly 2000 years of history in the region, with some of the most impressive collections of Austrian and Austro-Hungarian uniforms anywhere in Europe. The museum is open from the middle of May through the middle of October, Tuesdays through Sunday from 11:30am until 4:30pm. More of the military might of the Habsburgs can be seen at the
Landeszeughaus Amoury of Styria,
which once housed the arms and armor of the area’s forces. While somewhat in disarray, no attempt has been made to create exhibits… rather the items are as they always were, ready to fend off the next invasion.
While the Teddy Bear is truly an American invention you wouldn’t know it from the various exhibits at the Graz Pichler’s Toy Museum (Spilzeugmuseum), which features collections of toys through the ages. The museum is open year round, Monday through Saturday from 4pm until 7pm.
The city’s fairly new
House of Architecture
was founded to promote contemporary architecture in Austria and around the world. It is open Monday through Friday from 10am until 6pm. More fascinating, and unique designs can be seen that the
Austrian Sculpture Park
, which is located about four miles outside the city. It is open from April through October, and includes more than 50 works from a range of Austrian artists.