Graz 2012

The place to be for in fall for all of you Marathon Lovers is the Styrian Capital Graz! The Graz Marathon course gives you two laps of a lovely city sightseeing tour! The 42.1km marathon starts at 10:00 am in front of the Opera house. There will also be a Half Marathon and a City Run (11 km) for those who do not need two laps to absorb the beauty of the city.

But you should know about Graz:

Nowhere else you can lose ones way so pleasurably without straying: Just wander and get surprised. There will be discoveries like hidden alleys, romantic patios, beautiful facades and magnificent buildings just waiting to be found.    UNESCO admitted the well preserved city core to the world cultural heritage for good reason.

 The Graz Art House is situated right in the historic centre of Graz. The “friendly alien“as it has become known has become an attraction for art lovers and the culturally minded from all over the world. But it has also become an essential landmark in the urban identity of the city of Graz.



The UNESCO world cultural heritage, contemporary art, the world-famous collection of arms where you can follow the tracks of the knights, the small and keen galleries in its narrow streets, the famous clock tower, the modern emblem like the island in the river Mur, or the art house – Graz has much going for everybody.    


 The “Schlossberg“is surrounded by wood land and rises up from the historic center. It gives delightful views over the city.  The old city hall is situated in the historic center. Not far from here is the cathedral from 1438. The façade of the “Painted House” (1742) illustrates gods of the Greco-roman mythology. The city is an artwork itself. One of the most beautiful buildings of the city is the neo-
baroque Opera house (1899) 

Graz, the Styrian Tuscany, the green heart of Austria, is close by the Dachstein Mountains in the north and an impressive environment of mountains including around 800 Two-Thousands, 3500 alps, 6 Nature Parks and a National Park.

The Alley of Castles and many apple plantations grace the green of the east. The west is known for its pumpkin seed oil, the “green gold” of Styria, and the birthplace of the famous Lipizzan Horses. The sunny location of vineyards in the south affords some international known wine.

We will discover the south Styrian land of wine with our tour guide and Rotarian friend, the current Governor Herbert Ederer. It is going to be a culinary tour of chestnut, Federweisser, an inspection of a wine cellar and a wine tasting with local folk music. You can even chance your partner in “Schuhpatteln-Dancing” – No risk no fun.

The south of Styrian is the biggest wine growing district of the federal state. The hilly wine landscape is typical for this region. You can see grape varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay/Morillon, Müller Thurgau and Zweigelt. The most famous Wine growing districts are Berghausen, Eichberg-Trautenburg, Gamlitz, Glanz, Ratsch, Spielfeld, Kitzeck, Sulztal.

Our Fellowship group is staying at the Mercure City Hotel:

The exclusive 4-star Mercure Graz City Hotel is located in the center of Graz-the City of Design-near the old town, the farmers' market, the Schlossberg and the Graz conference center. It offers a fitness center with sauna and infrared cabin free of charge, business corner with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, and a public indoor car park (for a small fee). The Graz City Hotel is perfect for city or business trips and is the ideal location for the Marathon.