Autumn in Graz: 13 great tips for the Styrian capital
Author: Hannes Wagner, 01.10.2021
Author: Hannes Wagner, 01.10.2021
Are you new to the city or do you simply want to discover Graz from a completely new perspective? Great! The capital of Styria offers many different types of (city) tours that show you new neighbourhoods, bars and beautiful locations. But you don’t want a boring city tour filled with details and historical facts? Neither does Graz! That’s why our first tip isn’t a history lesson but a mini adventure! How about a beer tour (every Friday from 5pm), where you can taste a big variety of beers in Graz? Maybe you want to participate in the Veggie Walk where you get to know the best vegetarian hotspots in Graz (every Wednesday from 5-8pm). You want to get the perfect overview of the city? Then hop onto a convertible bus tour on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays). They even offer special full moon bus tours!
In autumn, everyone drinks Sturm. Sturm is “new wine” (grape must that has just started to ferment). Whether you drink red or white Sturm, be aware that its alcohol content will hit you like a storm (hence the name Sturm). There is a special and typically Styrian type of Sturm called “Schilchersturm”. It’s made from Blaue Wildbacher grapes and impresses with its light red colour and sweet taste. Sturm tastes best when served cold. By the way, Sturm is only in season from the beginning of September to the end of October. So, you better be quick!
Aufsteirern is a Styrian folk culture festival that takes place every year on the first Sunday after school starts and is the largest folk cultural event in Austria with over 100,000 visitors. Folk dance, folk costume and folk music are essential components of this event. Since it was hardly possible to organise large events this year, there are the so-called “Aufsteirern – Hofkonzerte”.
This solution makes sure that everybody gets their dose of Styrian folk culture. For this event, the city centre of Graz will be filled with a folk-cultural programme. Where will it take place? In the Landhaushof, Burghof and in the courtyard of the Chamber of Agriculture, among other places. Here you can find more information about Aufsteirern.
The Autumn Fair takes place in Graz from 30 September to 4 October. Here you can enjoy design, tradition, entertainment and, of course, culinary delights every day between 10am and 6pm. Whether you visit the amusement park, the art pavilion or take a stroll among the countless fair stands, you’ll get your money’s worth here.
When the nights get longer and the weather turns colder, the countless bars in Graz invite you to have a drink. Whether you go to the famous scene bar “Die Scherbe” or settle down at “Brot und Spiele” to end the evening with a round of snooker, billiards, darts or chess is entirely up to you. You don’t know your way around Graz yet? Don’t worry, here you’ll find the best student pubs in Graz.
If the weather throws a spanner in the works and a visit to the Buschenschank or Spritzerstand falls into the water, Graz offers countless alternatives to make the most of a rainy day. For example, a visit to the Kunsthaus Graz. The “Friendly Alien” has become one of Graz’s architectural landmarks and invites you to engage with contemporary art. Here you can find more ideas for the perfect bad weather programme in Graz.
Another autumn excursion tip around Graz is a visit to the Zotter Chocolate Manufactory. Enjoyment is a top priority here. You can taste your way through many chocolates on a chocolate enjoyment tour or learn more about the production of chocolate in the chocolate shop theatre. Afterwards you can choose from around 500 different chocolates in the Zotter shop.
Opening hours: Mon to Sat, 9am – 7pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays)
Many different hiking routes and even a cable car lead up to the local mountain of Graz. But you can’t just hike on the Schöckl, you can also paraglide and hang glide, climb to dizzy heights in the climbing park or ride your mountain bike in the trail area.
Another tip for all athletes and bike fans: the Mur Cycle Path runs right past Graz and offers you a varied, sporty autumn programme. Whether you’re planning a long bike ride with friends or want to go for a quick run after university, the Murradweg is the perfect location!
Convertible bus tour, autumn fair or court concert… As you can see, Graz offers a wide range of activities in autumn. Art, culture and sport offer you a colourful and extensive programme to enjoy the last rays of sunshine and to get through the first grey days of autumn!
Want to have more inspiration and tips? Here you can find some free activities in Graz!