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Graz, Austria Luxury Travel Guide

The final stop in Austria is Graz, the second-largest city in Austria and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Graz is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, with the Kunsthaus Graz and annual events such as the Styriarte Festival and Elevate Festival. The city is also famous for its culinary traditions, particularly its association with the pumpkin, which is celebrated at the annual Styrian Pumpkin Festival each October. Visitors can explore the charming streets of the old town, visit the famous Schlossberg, and indulge in the city’s excellent food.

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Luxury Stays

Grand Hôtel Wiesler

GHW BetriebsgesmbH

Grieskai 4-8, 8020 Graz, Austria

+43 316 70 66 0

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Situated just a 5-minute walk from Hauptplatz, the main square of Graz, and steps away from the Congress Graz conference center, Grand Hôtel Wiesler is a meticulously restored Art Nouveau establishment that offers both luxury and comfort to leisure and business travelers alike.

Under the ownership and management of the Weitzer family, this stylish and trendy hotel boasts a splendid view of the Mur River and the magnificent Schlossberg. Its esteemed list of past guests includes icons such as Mick Jagger and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Upon entering the hotel lobby, guests are greeted by a contemporary art installation composed of painted wooden slats, a creation by the Austrian artist Clemens Hollerer. The hotel provides spacious rooms across a wide range of categories, ensuring a comfortable stay for all visitors. Additionally, it offers event spaces suitable for various business occasions, top-notch service, on-site parking, a fitness center, and more.

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Hotel Grand Wiesler features 102 generously sized rooms, including the Junior Suite, Royal Oak, and Grande Suite. Each room is characterized by its spacious layout, wooden floors, high ceilings, and modern freestanding bathtubs. As expected from a luxury establishment, Hotel Grand Wiesler provides all the modern amenities necessary for an indulgent stay.

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Within the hotel premises, Salon Marie ( presents a sophisticated and relaxed dining experience. This uniquely adorned restaurant features a captivating bar known as the “Perrier-Jouët bar,” which offers an extensive selection of wines from both local and international vineyards, including a wide array of champagnes. Salon Marie’s menu encompasses a range of culinary delights, from exquisite Cordon Bleu, French steak frites, and grilled octopus to delectable desserts like crema catalana. The restaurant serves breakfast, dinner, and hosts a special Sunday Grand Brunch.

Schlossberg Hotel

Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Kai 30

8010 Graz, Austria

+43 316 80700

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The Schlossberghotel - Das Kunsthotel offers luxury stay within the heart of the old city. The property features an array of carefully curated contemporary original arts and beautifully restored architecture and furnishings. Within its confines, 49 rooms, 4 suites, and 8 apartments harmoniously blend original artworks and valuable antiques, creating a warm and inviting ambiance that entices guests to return time and time again.

The Schlossberghotel also offers a venue for events and business gatherings, boasting three distinct rooms capable of accommodating up to 60 attendees. Additionally, notable amenities include an outdoor pool available during the summer months, a sauna, a fitness center, and a delightful Schlossberg-terrace.

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Conveniently located just across from the main building at the Domenig-Spitz, eight apartments await those seeking short or long-term accommodations. Adorned with contemporary artworks, modern living designs, antique furnishings, and fully equipped kitchenettes, these apartments provide the perfect setting for a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Aiola Upstairs, Restaurant

Schloßberg 2, 8010 Graz, Austria

+43 316 818797

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Situated in Graz’s most breathtaking locale, aiola upstairs restaurant is a must experience destination offering panoramic 360-degree views of boundless vistas. Designed by architectural firm Frank Reper, this modern glass structure harmoniously melds with the lush natural surroundings, creating a sanctuary that transcends mere culinary delights.

While aiola upstairs delights diners with its array of delectable offerings like frittata soup and hamachi, it caters to all palates. Expect meticulously crafted dishes prepared using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

Complementing the culinary experience is an extensive selection of Styrian regional wines. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, aiola upstairs promises a memorable gastronomic journey.

Beyond the confines of the restaurant, aiola encompasses “aiola living,” a versatile space that encompasses a charming café, a boutique hotel, and an interior design store, all nestled in the city’s vibrant heart. Plus, don’t miss the captivating aiola living magazine, a biannual publication that embodies the passions of the Aiola family, celebrating beauty, inspiring stories, remarkable individuals, and curated treasures.

By Markin Abras, Senior Travel Editor

Images provided by each mentioned venue on this story.


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