Around the World in One Day: Minimundus

On our last day of our Eastern Europe trip (disclaimer: we want to head further east than this in the future!), we stopped by Graz and Klagenfurt, Austria.  Austria is probably our favorite country in Europe, outside of Italy of course, because of its breathtaking beauty and ‘relatively’ affordable lodging and food.   The drive from Slovenia to Austria was amazing.  We got up early in the morning and headed north, where the foliage became more and more colorful.  Did I mention that autumn is my favorite season?  Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, is known as a large university town.  It has 6 universities and over 44,000 students.  I did laugh at this though, because I am an alumnus from a university that has 50,000+ on one campus! :)  The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved Old Town and in 2003, it was Europe’s City of Culture.  When a city gets selected to be the City of Culture, it often builds new structures to welcome tourists.  It’s kind of like getting chosen for the Olympics in this respect, just on a much smaller scale.  You can see this influence with two very interesting and very modern structures: the Kunsthaus Graz (a modern art museum) and Murinsel (a floating platform/amphitheater in the middle of the river).

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