Graz: famous 'Uhrturm'
Graz is the capital city of Styria, a region
in the southeast corner of Austria. The city of Graz
is located in between rolling hills, to the north, east and
west, only open to the south. The first settlements date back
to 800 AD and through the medieval times, the Styrian landowners,
took over the city and turned it into a flourishing trading
center. Because of its easily fortified and nearly invulnerable
Schlossberg in the heart of the city, Graz has always
been a very important strategic location. Throughout the reign
of the Babenbergers and the Habsburgs, the city was considered
to be the second capital of Austria.
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