Low-cost flights to Graz (GRZ) in Austria inspire sightseeing fans and culture lovers alike. In 1979, the latter founded the Austrian Aviation Museum at the airport at their own expense; as well as a notable collection of aircraft of different eras, the museum also houses a small shop. Graz Airport is a good starting point for a journey to nearby wine-growing regions, such as Deutschlandsberg, Voitsberg, Stainz and St. Stefan. Other holiday regions such as Carinthia and Slovenia are easily accessible from Graz Airport. Airlines such as SunExpress also fly you to a particularly popular destination, the Turkish Riviera at Antalya (AYT).
In addition to the restaurant, the service facilities include several cafés, a bank and a supermarket. In the outdoor area, the family-friendly airport provides a playground for children.
Styria’s capital enchants visitors with its distinctive Old Town, where baroque splendour and modern buildings mingle to create a coherent ensemble. The centre of the city is the main square and the impressive town hall. Not far away is the Herrengasse pedestrian mall with the Landhaus, a highlight for all culture buffs – this Renaissance building with its idyllic arcaded courtyard serves as a setting for concerts and festivals. The best view of the city is from the terraces of the Schlossberg, where you can see the old landmark of the city, the clock tower. This clock has a quirky feature: the big hand indicates the hour, the small hand the minute.
Modern architecture has also found a home alongside traditional architecture in Austria’s second-largest city on the Mur River. A testimony to this is the futuristic Kunsthaus von Graz, built in 2003. The building is also called Freundlicher Fremdling (friendly stranger) because of its unusual construction. The Kunsthaus is renowned for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Nearby, you can see the modern landmark of the metropolis, the Grazer Murinsel. This artificial island in the shape of a shell is reached via two bridges, houses a café and has been floating on the river Mur since 2013. The view of the island is particularly impressive at night when it shines in the darkness with the glow of blue lights.
Regardless of the season, a low-cost flight to Graz reveals the charm of this city located on the south-eastern edge of the Alps. In the spring and during the summer months, when the temperatures are between 22 °C and 27 °C, the parks of the green state capital are inviting for families with children to take a walk. The Afritschgarten adventure playground in the Gabelsbergerstraße is very popular with young visitors. As well as the municipal park, the extensive landscaped garden of the baroque Eggenberg Castle is also worth a visit.
The Styrian capital is also a worthwhile destination in winter. If you want to experience the Christmas atmosphere, you should book the outward flight in the Advent season and the return flight before Christmas. Travellers are guaranteed to find Christmas gifts for family and friends at one of the 14 Christmas markets. Each market is different and it is worth allowing plenty of time for them. The starting point for a walk through the Grazer Advent is the main square with its magnificent Christmas tree, a delight for young and old alike. There is also a lovingly planned children’s Christmas market for the next generation; a classic feature is the ice crib made of 50 tonnes of ice, which can be admired every year at the Landhaushof.
Graz Airport (GRZ) is centrally located in the south of Graz, about 9km from the city centre, so it is convenient for both leisure and business travellers. Travellers can reach the city centre easily by public transport, thanks to the convenient location of the airport. Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport and there are computers with internet access in four internet terminals. Various companies also offer rental cars. There is a communication area in the VIP lounge and a work area with writing desks is available.