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Graz Clock Tower (Grazer Uhrturm)
Graz Clock Tower (Grazer Uhrturm)

Graz Clock Tower (Grazer Uhrturm)

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Schlossberg, Graz

The basics

A look at the Clock Tower is a must for any visitor to Graz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of Graz Old Town sometimes include a ride up to the Schlossberg to view the 16th-century structure. Besides the quirky clock faces, still operated by a mechanism dating back to 1712, the tower houses three different bells: one to chime the hours; one to warn of fire; and one that announced executions and (later) curfews.

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Things to know before you go

  • The Schlossberg offers a number of eateries at price points from cafés to fine dining.
  • There is a small charge to ride the Schlossberglift elevator and the Schlossberg funicular.
  • The funicular, elevator, and area around the clocktower are easy to enjoy in a wheelchair or with a stroller. Parents should note that kids must be at least 4 feet 3 inches (1.3 meters) to ride the slide down.
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How to get there

Graz Clock Tower sits in the far south of the Schlossberg, a green hill above Graz Old Town that’s now a public park. The Schlossberglift elevator whisks you up through the interior of the mountain to the Uhrturm in double-quick time. It starts from the Schlossbergplatz square, as do the funicular and the 260 steps that comprise the quickest walking route.

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When to get there

The Schlossberg is open 24 hours a day, but the lift and funicular close around midnight. The golden hour after sunrise but before the lift and funicular start running offers the best chance of an uncrowded, well-lit shot of the Clock Tower.

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Must-See Sights in Graz

Less busy than Salzburg or Vienna, Austria’s second city has tons to offer the traveler. Don’t miss the Cathedral, a Gothic affair with a grimly beautiful medieval fresco depicting the plague; the extraordinary Kunsthaus Graz modern art museum, which crash-landed like an alien spacecraft amid the historic city; and Eggenberg Palace, a masterpiece of 17th-century baroque architecture.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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