The sun always shines in Graz! Of course, that’s not entirely true. What’s true, though, is that the weather gods mostly smile upon the provincial capital of Styria. After all, there’s a reason why the city is known for its southern flair.
Nevertheless, even in the Graz Adventure Region it can happen that the weather is not so friendly. Then the varied alternative programme is in demand, which makes the region exciting even on rainy days.
For example, you don't have to miss out on a city stroll in Graz even when it's raining. After all, there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. Plus, the region also offers plenty of indoor options for stay-inside weather.
In the region of Graz, it’s easy to keep a sunny mood on rainy days. That’s thanks to the numerous great sights and indoor activities waiting for adventure-loving visitors in and around the Styrian capital.
The theatres and stages of Graz are fine places to visit in any kind of weather. They present a varied programme of operas, theatre plays, cabarets, concerts and more.
Numerous churches offer a serene refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. For instance, don’t miss the impressive Graz Cathedral , the Parish Church of the Holy Blood , the Stiegenkirche (Church of the Stairs), the Franciscan Church and the Church of Our Lady of Succour!
Sauna, indoor pool and wellness, what could be better in bad weather? Bad zu Sonne and Auster are the city's best spas.
For even more action, we recommend the FLIP LAB – the trampoline park at Center West, and the climbing and boulder hall .
The fact that Graz's museums are anything but old-fashiones and dusty is often evident from the outside, as with the Joanneumsviertel or the Kunsthaus. Speaking of art: the many galleries also provide surprising insights into art creation and events.
If you or your kids are looking for some action on a rainy day, why not head to the city’s landmark mountain, the Schlossberg? Ride to the top with the Schlossberg lift and swoosh down the Schlossberg slide . Afterwards, head deep inside the mountain with the Fairytale Express and discover the fairytale forest and the robber’s cave!
For movie moments in any kind of weather, at any season and for any age, visit the cinemas of Graz.
If you’re looking for culinary delights, look no further than the many restaurants, cafés, wine shops and bars of the ”capital of delight”!
FRida & freD children’s museum is a highlight for kids from the age of six. For older kids and adults, we recommend the new Center of Science Activities, in short CoSA, where you can experience technology and natural sciences in a hands-on and entertaining way.
Nothing goes together like a city stroll and a shopping spree! Amble through the romantic lanes of the Old Town and discover small design shops alongside charming patisseries, jewellers and shops selling anything from shoes to flowers, decorative items and books. Or, if you prefer everything under one roof, try the traditional Kastner & Öhler department store in the heart of the Old Town or the shopping malls of Citypark, Murpark, Center West or Shopping Nord.
Connected to history and so close to heaven are the numerous churches and monasteries in the region of Graz.
At Rein Abbey, the oldest Cistercian monastery in the world, you can take a look behind the monastery walls and visit the baroque basilica and the library of the abbey.
With its cosy inn, parsonage, prelate’s house and the distinctive Pilgrimage church of Maria Straßengel, the Kirchberg in Gratwein-Straßengel is a heavenly place. The church is one of Austria’s most prestigious High Gothic sacral buildings and is also affectionately called “Styria’s Steffl” (referring to Vienna’s famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral).
A different kind of church: The inside of Thal’s Parish Church explodes with colour. The masterpiece designed by renowned Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs is full of mythical symbols.
With its baroque high altar, miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, its treasury and the Antoniuskapelle chapel, the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Lankowitz is the not-so-hidden gem of Styria’s second largest pilgrimage site. Sacred silence fills the church and monastery at Holy Mountain in Bärnbach. A power place that hasn’t lost any of its appeal or energy over the years.
Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Museum in Thal: He is known the world over! In the house where Arnold Schwarzenegger was born, you can find out more about the milestones of his extraordinary career, from his infancy and childhood to his body building and movie star days to his time as a governor.
Stölzle Glas-Center, Bärnbach glass museum: Happiness is as brittle as glass. The current exhibition at the glass museum of Glashütte Stölzle is dedicated to the importance of glass through the ages. The factory sale is open all year.
Kernbuam-Museum in Voitsberg: Get to know the fascinating story of the Original Kern Buam, former Austrian folk music stars. Have you heard of their „Der Steirischen Brauch“?
It’s an unforgettable experience to enter the fascinating and bizarre world of caves. Learn about sinter formations, stalactites, mighty rock domes and subterranean canyons at Austria’s largest active water cave, the Lurgrotte, with ists two entraces at Peggau and Semriach.
When the weather is lousy, we long for warmth and relaxation. And what better place to find it than at Therme NOVA spa in Köflach with its sauna landscape, indoor sports pool, restaurant and café? Your little ones can splash about in the children’s area with its thermal water pool and water slide, mirror wall and fairytale tower. A great place to play, laugh and dance!
Die Kleinen sollten sich so richtig austoben, springen und hüpfen! Die großzügige Trampolinlandschaft von Jump25 in Kalsdorf bei Graz bietet unterschiedliche Angebote mit vielen Highlights wie Abenteuerpark, free jump area, Schnitzelgruben, Airbag Trampoline. Die Großen entspannen inzwischen im Gastrobereich.
Egal, ob Outdoor oder Indoor, Fahrer oder Zuschauer, jung oder junggeblieben, Frauen oder Männer, bei Styria Karting in Kalsdorf bei Graz findet jeder zum Kartsport. Aber Achtung: Die Faszination des Kartfahrens hat schon viele nicht mehr losgelassen!
Minigolf auf Betonplätzen war gestern, es lebe Abenteuer Minigolf! Ob in der Minigolfhalle in Voitsberg oder in der Indoor-Minigolf Anlage in Graz, spiel und Spaß bei Schlechtwetter ist für die ganze Familie garantiert!
The region of Graz offers plenty of great shopping opportunities. It’s fun to stroll through picturesque towns and villages and hunt for bargains. In addition, the region’s weatherproof shopping malls such as ShoppingCity Seiersberg offer short distances, exceptional variety and a pleasant ambiance.
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Laugh, eat and experience together. Here you can find even more inspiration for a stay in Graz Region: