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City information: Graz is the provincial capital of Styria and is the second largest city of Austria.Graz was for centuries an impregnable fortress against repeated attacks from the E. In the 15th cent. it became the imperial capital, the residence of the Emperor Frederic III, and a centre of culture. It stills retains an old-world charm, and is notable for its arcaded buildings with their painted fagades; for its gardens and parks; for the clock tower that dominates the town from the7 Schlossberg (Castle Hill); for drama' and concerts; and for good shops and important museums. Among these last is the Joanneum, a group of museums devoted to natural history collections, , coins, and works of art, which include i paintings by Jan and Pieter Brueghel.
Graz has a surprising variety of entertainment, including tennis, riding, gliding, and several swimming-baths. The excellence and scope of wintersports facilities in the neighbourhood are equally surprising, and there are attractive, inexpensive hotels at Deutschlandsberg, Trahiitten, and elsewhere in the Koralpc and adjoining ranges. Styrians, like all Austrians, love bathing and, where there are no lakes, have fine swimming-pools in most towns and resorts.
The country South of Graz is richly agricultural and is noted for its wines. Among the hills in the East is Bad Gleichenberg, a noted spa, and the massive, square Castle of Riegersburg, perched on a high rock.
Between Graz and Bruck-an-der Mur, 35 miles northwards, are the vast, illuminated Lurgotte Caves, the Rabenstein Castle, and (near Mixnitz) the Barenschutzklamm Gorge with its impressive waterfalls. Tucked away in the mountains some 37 m. N. of Bruck, is Mariazell, a winter-sports and summer resort with two picturesque lakes nearby and a cable-car up to the top of Burgeralpe. It is also an important pilgrimage centre famous for its torchlight processions.
Nearly 50 m. W., just S. of Hieflau road junction, is Leopoldsteincrsee, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. In marked contrast, a few miles further on, is the famous Erzberg, a mountain of solid iron ore that feeds the nearby iron and steel industry.
The road West from Hieflau passes through the impressive Gesause Gorge, where the River Enns rushes between
high mountains to Admont, another winter and summer resort, specially celebrated for its abbey library. Further on still, in the NW. corner of Styria, is the large spa of Bad :lussee. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the glistening Dachstein Glacier, with three nearby lakes (Altausseersee, Grundlsee, and tiny Toplitzsee), it is popular for winter sports and makes a very pleasant summer holiday centre.
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