About Graz

Graz is the capital of Styria and second-largest city in Austria after Vienna.

Graz has a long tradition as a "university town": its six universities have more than 44,000 students. Its "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe.

The City of Graz aims to combine an excellent historic preserved center (designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with a modern “City of Design“ and mediterranean flair. A southeast European hub with a dynamic economy, Graz is an internationally recognized location for research and education.

Yet Graz is a growing city with limited building land. Due to its topographic location in a basin, the city faces considerable climatic challenges. . Thus its new official urban development concept revolves around the low-emissions, resource-saving and energy-efficient “Smart City Graz,“ which will first be implemented in the western part of the city.

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