Being home to almost a quarter of a Million citizens, Graz is the second largest city in the country and the Capital of Styria (Steiermark), one of the nine federal states and – as the most densely wooded of them (60% of Styrian land is covered in trees) – called the ‘Green Heart’ of Austria.
Graz is located around 150 kilometres south of Vienna, the federal capital of Austria and a convenient 2.5 hrs direct railroad connection is linking the two cities through the ‘Semmering Pass’.
The Styrian Capital is a vibrant University city (60.000 students), has been chosen a ‘City of Human Rights’ and was awarded the ‘Europe Prize’, highest European distinction, by the Council of Europe for its openness toward Europe. The Old Town and the Castle ‘Eggenberg’ are listed as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
The federal state of Styria (Steiermark) is embedded in the heart of Austria. Only 145 km (second shortest after Vienna) of its external frontier in the south is bordering a foreign country – Slovenia.