The Graz City Park is a precious and highly valued recreational space in the heart of the city with about 2.000 trees. The idea of preserving an open space in the city and use it as green oasis comes from 1868. Back then the mayor of Graz decided that the green areas in front of the city walls were no longer needed for the defense of the city. Instead, the idea was to turn the space into a park that all citizens of Austria’s second largest city could enjoy for free. A corresponding request was introduced by the mayor in the municipal council and accepted immediately.
Today, the Graz City Park is home to numerous species of trees. The white-flowered horse-chestnut tree is the most strongly represented tree species with a total of 830 trees. Furthermore, there are an additional 150 different genera, species and varieties of different origins and families in the Graz city park.
Spend a Relaxed Day at Graz City Park
The “Stadtpark” is home to numerous monuments, memorial plaques and sculptures. Due to its close proximity to Graz University it is also a favorite spot for many students. On a sunny day you can see people resting or playing on the park’s meadows. There’s also a pub in the park. In summer afternoons they play live music there. However, make sure to come early as it tends to get crowded quickly.
As you can see from the map, the Graz City Park is actually connected to two other parks, the Burggarten Park and the Schloss Park. Together they build a huge green oasis in the very heart of the city with many hidden places that wait to be explored.