City of Graz
Graz, is the capital of Styria, and the Austria’s second largest city with a population of about 250,000 inhabitants. Its geographical coordinates are 47°N and 15°E, the city lies at 353 metres above mean sea level. The highest point – the Plabutsch – rises 763 meters above mean sea level. The Schlossberg rises 473 metres, dominating the town and site of the landmark Uhrturm – the clock tower. The city is divided into 17 districts and covers an area of 127 square kilometers. The character of the city has been influenced by European cultures of Romanesque, Slavic, Magyar and Germanic-alpine origin. The historic center of Graz – today – is one of the largest remaining contiguous ensembles in the German-speaking world.
Graz hosts universities, convention and exhibition centers, thus bridges relationships with the Central and Southern European region. Approximately 42,000 students study at its three universities. Graz provides plenty of space for meetings, conferences and cultural events, at the convention center or at the town hall. During the summer, several courtyards within the old town allow for an exclusive setting for theater and concert performances, such as styriarte, classics in the city and La Strada. Each year the Graz avant-garde organizes the steirischer herbst, a series of events that originally emerged from the Forum Stadtpark. The cultural significance of Graz was recognized through the 2003 European Capital of Culture award.