I can almost call it “my annual December trip to Graz”, considering how this is the third year in a row that I was visiting the city, haha! It’s not that far from where I live so it’s a pretty logical destination for when you want to go somewhere pretty, but you don’t want to travel too long. A 2,5 hour bus ride is pretty ideal – you can take a decent nap, but it’s not too long so your back won’t start to hurt and your legs won’t get all stiff and uncomfortable. :)
Anyway, I went to Graz last weekend, spent a lovely day roaming around the city and sightseeing. I took my mother this year, it was sort of an early Christmas present for her (although I’m sure I’ll find something small to put under her Christmas tree anyway ;)) It was pretty fun, and we had so much luck with the weather (again) – it was rather warm and it did not rain. Perfect!
I wanted to buy special postcards to send to people, but I only got home with a few. The crowd was so big it was impossible to take time and browse through the postcard racks, so I just pulled a few that looked decent. (Sorry the pictures are crappy. I’m sitting under the blanket with my laptop in my lap, so far from the scanner…….)
This first postcard is showing the clock tower on Schlossberg. Wikipedia says that Schlossberg (Schloßberg, or in English: Castle Hill) is the site of a fortress, located in the centre of Graz. Now it’s a public park and a place with wonderful, almost 360° view of the city, but it dates all the way to the 10th century. There was once a castle on this location, but it was largely demolished by the Napoleonic forces in the 1809, although it was never actually conquired. The clock tower and the bell tower (not in the postcard picture) were saved after the citizens paid the ransom for its preservation.
Also, I can’t repeat the story word by word, but apparently there was some mishap with the clock itself so now the big (minute) hand is actually showing the hours, and a little (hour) hand is showing minutes. Many people don’t know about it and just think it’s showing the wrong time. :)
This is the wintery view of the city from Schlossberg. I can’t tell whether it’s during the Advent time – I think there would be more lights and decorations if it were. By the way, the historic centre of Graz is under the UNESCO protection since 1999.
Also, this is probably my favorite postcard I found there – “no kangaroos in Austria”. I find it rather funny, considering how similar the names “Austria” and “Australia” are. I bet there is some confusion for people who aren’t that into geography, haha! :D