Graz was founded at the spot where the river Mur (see also
Murradweg) flows into a wide plain, after flowing down from a hilly, narrow region.
The city's past and present development was significantly influenced by the area's existing geological and geographical features. The River Mur, which flows from north to south cuts the city in half, and hilly regions flank the north, east and west of the city. The Schlossberg mountain in the city centre is only a short distance away from the river.
The streets that surround the city centre stretch out in all directions and are connected by small alleys, between which buildings fill up the web-like structure. Seventeen districts surround the city in a circular...
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Graz is a great place to stay because it's easy to make day trips into the countryside from here, and there's plenty to see and do. Visit the Schlossberg (castle), go hiking or hot-air ballooning, or visit one of the museums. If you're here in the fall, you might want to attend the Steierischer Herbst (Styrian Autumn) festival, which features contemporary art, music, and literature. The arts festival has a reputation for being...
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