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Jun 14, 2019 - Day 31 - Graz

Day 31 - Friday 14 June 19 - Graz Another hot day is in the making as we head out at 0940 hrs. While a light breakfast is the immediate objective, we make a quick visit to the “ Island on the Mur”. This is a space like dome of glass and stainless steel anchored in the river by a walking bridge between the two banks of the River Mur. It contains a cafe and an amphitheatre for showing outdoor movies. It was being used more as a walkway at this time of the morning but I would expect it to be popular for entertainment at other times. The next...

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Jun 13, 2019 - Day 30 - Graz

Day 30 Thursday 13 June 19 - Graz We are staying at the Lend Hotel in Graz; accomodation I booked months ago and with no recollection as to the reason why. The hotel is 1.4km from the Rathaus, I didn’t book breakfast and I now note it is our cheapest nightly accomodation in Austria. Without doubt it is the nicest we have had to date. It is modern with modern colourful art throughout and the room facilities have been well thought through. While we are comfortable with our accomodation we are really here in Graz to explore the city. This...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Day 29 - Graz

Day 29 - Wednesday 12 June 19 - Graz We had planned to visit Hochosterwitz Castle on our 149 km drive to Austria’s second largest city Graz. To arrive by the opening time of 1000 hrs, we departed Portschach at 0935hrs for the 33 km drive. Approaching the castle it appeared majestic perched on high in isolation of the low lying rolling landscape. At its base sits a ticket office, souvenir shop restaurant and even more significant a furnicular running to the upper castle. We took the funicular to the top and wandered the museum and the...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Riechenau to Palfau

What a surprise! We arrived at our campsite for tonight by 2pm even after an extended, early (11am) lunch, a coffee stop and numerous stops to admire the scenery and take a few photos. In addition we have had our first sprinkles of rain - very light and intermittent. Just after I had finished my laundry and hung it out in the wind the showers came and went. Each time the washing was almost dry a sprinkle came and dampened it all again. Fortunately the forecast for tonight is no more rain. Our day began with a 6km climb up Priener Gscheid to...

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Jul 25, 2018 - A drive north of Graz

Our final day in Graz saw us driving north out of the city. We visited Rein Abbey which is the oldest existing Cistercian abbey in the world as monks have lived here since 1129. The church as usual was ornate but artistically pleasing. From there we drove through wooded hills and found the start of a walk through Kesselfallklamm but the path was poor and there were ladders which Daisy could not manage. So, we gave that up as a bad job. We eventually found the lovely small town of Frohnleiten and enjoyed a walk by the Mur and explored the...

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Jul 24, 2018 - Second visit in Graz

After a day of rain/rest we made a second visit into Graz. This time we started on the western side of the Mur River where ever since 2003 when Graz was the cultural capital of Europe the “friendly alien” Kunsthaus has made its home. It certainly stood out nestled between the old houses. Crossing the Mur there was another piece of modern architecture the “Murinsel” which takes the form of a floating shell linked by footbridges to the banks. Interesting! Once across the river we decided we would go up to the top of the 473m Schlossberg. We...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Schloss Eggenberg

Much cooler day today thank goodness. After Daisy’s exciting visit yesterday and a cool day we left daisy at the coach ( a very rare occasion) to visit Schloss Eggenberg on the outskirts of Graz. The palace owes its name to its famous owner; Prince Hans Ulrich von Eggenberg (1568-1634) who rose from being the son of a provincial patrician to becoming one of the most powerful statesmen of his times. He was a close confident of Emperor Ferdinand II and steered the political fortunes of the Austrian/Hungarian Empire at the start of the Thirty...

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Jul 21, 2018 - Piber Lipizzaner Stud Farm

Today we visited the Piber Lipizzaner Stud Farm where the famous Vienna Spanish Riding School horses are reared and also where they enjoy their retirement. We were surprised that they allowed dogs at the stud but they said the horses loved having dogs around so Daisy came along too. With an excellent audio-guide we toured the stud and Daisy met he horses. We learnt some interest facts. - The Lipizzaner foals are not born white but it can take up to three years before they change colour. - The young stallion foals spend their summers on the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Stübling Austrian Open-Air Museum

Another hot day so we headed out to Stübling Open Air Museum. This museum was a wander across the regions of Austria, from Burgenland to Vorarlberg in terms of the history of farming and a rural way of life . There was over 90 historic buildings and a couple of museums giving an insight into rural traditions and processes. The only downside was there was very little in English. However, the whole site was in woodlands so it was a good place to explore on a hot day.

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Jul 19, 2018 - Drive in the surrounding countryside and a visit to Burg Riegersburg.

After a day in the city and it was forecast to be very hot we decided we would take a drive into the surrounding countryside. It was a mixture of vineyards and arable farming with rolling hills and dales. Our main stop on our drive was the 850 year old Riegersburg Castle which sits on top of a 482m extinct volcano. A modern inclined elevator took us up to the castle which had spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. We also visited the Kornberg Castle which was in much better state of repair.

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Jul 18, 2018 - First visit to Graz

On arriving at the stellplatz we had been given a lot of information produced by the Graz tourist information. One leaflet had three suggested walks around Graz. We drove into the town and thanks once again to the tourist map quickly found a car park. We then started walking following the Graz historic centre walking tour. Graz was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 for its best-preserved city centre of Central Europe. We started at the Landhaus Courtyard , a beautiful arched inner courtyard of the Italian Renaissance The...

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Jul 17, 2018 - Move to Graz

We headed further east and slightly north to the second largest city in Austria- Graz. We had a good journey and arrived at the stellplatz on the edge of Graz. We had reserved and when we arrived the manager gave us a choice of several sites which we could easily get on. The motorhome service point was excellent, designed with good access and to cope with three or four motorhomes at one time. As always in a stellplatz, the pitches are always close together but this one felt more like a campground. It was united European nations- German,...

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