Day 1 - The beginning of the road trip. First stop: Graz

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Graz Rathaus

Early in the morning, already with the car prepared, we got to the road, as from Brno until Ljubljana we had a few more than 500km ahead of us. I know that we planed this trip to "stop whenever", "no reservations in advance", ..., but the truth is that "at least in the first day we'll have the hotel reserved". Looking back now, some things we should had done in a different way, but... we learn in every trip.

Let's move on then! We decided to skip the motorway, so was a nice experience cross the rural Austria, from North to South. So far, our horizons only had led us until Wien, so a first stop in Graz, seemed to be a nice plan. First, because the city center is a UNESCO site, and also because was almost lunch time. And no disappointment at all! Is true that is not the size of the capital, but is easy walkable, and very pleasant to visit.

Graz Schlossberg
We dropped the car in a park near by, and just walking in the streets in direction to city hall area, discovering the beautiful architecture at every corner that we turned. And of course, "there is a castle in the top of the hill. Let's go!". I should say that the climbing until the castle allowed us to discover a tunnel that was used in the past for shelter and other purposes. At the moment, there is an elevator stop, and seems that somethimes there are concerts, using the acoustic of the place. But we turned back and continue our climb until the top of the hill.

The first sight is the clock tower. And from here, a nice view to Graz downtown, the river and the Opera house. Exploring a little bit more the castle area, in a typical park area style, made us to have a good rest, before going down again, stop for a "wurst" (after all we are in Austria), and pick up the car.

A few kms outside of Graz, the other UNESCO site: the Schloss Eggenberg. A Baroque palace where we can spend more time, but we still need to go until Slovenia.

Schloss Eggenberg.

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Posted on: Aug 11, 2017
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Graz Rathaus
Graz Rathaus
Graz Schlossberg
Graz Schlossberg
Schloss Eggenberg
Schloss Eggenberg
Graz
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