For Graz's designation as Europe's Cultural Capital for 2003, the Island in the Mur (tel. 0699/13090013) was created in the shape of a dome and a bowl. The "isle" appeals to locals and visitors alike, and its glass and metal structure features an amphitheater, playground, and cafe/bar, called Insel. In the words of its Brooklyn-based architect, Vito Acconci, the island "takes the city into the river and the river into the city." Frankly, we think the whole attraction evokes a utopian spaceship. The cafe/bar, for example, is submerged under a water roof and reached through a spiraling pathway that includes two access ramps and tubes linking the island with both riverbanks. The island rests on a floating platform.
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