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The only explanation for the extraordinary architectural homogeneity of Graz's Old Town is that the city's people have always cherished their historic buildings.

For centuries now the original town center, nestled at the foot of the Schlossberg with its famous Clock Tower, has been a repository of the architectural styles of each era, from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to historical eclecticism and Jugendstil. For a vivid insight into life in the Middle Ages, visit the renowned Armoury , the city's renowned armoury. But each of the lanes and streets of the Old Town bear witness to the long-standing cultural pre-eminence of a city which, though its political heyday was short-lived, has always fostered a way of life in which art and culture set the tone.

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The view from the Schlossberg down over the maze of narrow lanes tucked under the sprawling pattern of red-tiled roofs will give you a foretaste of the world beneath that lies waiting to be explored - a pageant of tiny side streets and courtyards, passageways and concealed nooks and crannies.

Apostrophised "Austria's Undeclared Love", Graz will be the sole European Cultural Capital in 2003.

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Festivals & Events

Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is one of Austria's most known attractions. Please note that seating as well as standing room at the Imperial Palace Home of the Spanish Riding School is limited.
Tel: (+431) 533 90 31
Fax: (+431) 533 90 32 40

Vienna Boys' Choir
(Wiener Sängerknaben)

An Austrian cultural institution, the Vienna Boys Choir can usually be heard Sunday mornings at the Imperial Palace Chapel and various concert performances.

Bruckner Festival Linz
September 15 - October 6

Numerous classical concerts with world renown orchestras and soloists in Anton Bruckners hometown. The Festival is ushered in each year by the Linz Cloud of Sounds.
Tel: ++43-732-77 52 30

Vienna Music Film Festival
Annually in July and August

Famous opera performances on screen, masterful concert interpretations every evening under the stars with the splendid backdrop of Vienna's City Hall Free admission nightly during the summer months.
Vienna City Hall Park

Music Festival
(as part of the Vienna Festival)
May 1 to June 16
The Vienna Festival concerts are the highlights of Vienna's concert season. The world's most renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists will be performing, among them in 2002: the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Claudio Abbado and the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) directed by Sir Simon Rattle.

Osterklang Wien
Annually around Easter time

The music festival is opened by Bach's "Passion of St. Mathews" performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein. Concerts at the Musikverein, the Konzerthaus and the Hofburgkapelle, a scenic oratorio performed at Odeon and an Easter Night concert at St. Stephen's cathedral round off the program.

Vienna State Opera

One of the most famous opera houses in the world, program runs from September through June each year.
Tel: ++43-1-513 1 513 (ticket sales one month prior to desired performance)

Melk Abbey
Lower Austria
Mid April to Mid November

This Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1089 and is a major representation of Austrian Baroque architecture. Melk Abbey is overlooking the Danube River and can easily be visited during any Wachau Valley excursions.
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