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7 Tips for Living in Graz

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Graz or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Graz or thinking about moving there.

As an expat or digital nomad, moving to a new city can be both exciting and challenging. Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, is a vibrant city with a rich history, stunning architecture, and a lively arts scene. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate and enjoy your new life in Graz.

1. Learn the Local Language

While many Austrians speak English, learning German will make your life in Graz much easier. It will help you in daily tasks like shopping, ordering food, and understanding public transportation. Plus, locals will appreciate your effort to learn their language. There are many language schools in Graz, such as the Deutsch im Trend and the Deutsch Akademie, where you can take German classes.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Graz is divided into 17 districts, each with its own unique character. Lend is known for its creative scene, with many art galleries and studios. Geidorf is a popular choice for families, with its parks and proximity to the University of Graz. Jakomini is the commercial heart of the city, with many shops and restaurants. Take the time to explore different neighborhoods and find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Austrian cuisine is hearty and delicious, and Graz has many restaurants where you can try local dishes. For traditional Styrian food, visit Der Steirer or Landhauskeller. If you're a vegetarian, don't miss Gasthaus zur Sonne, which offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. For a special treat, try the local dessert, pumpkin seed oil ice cream, at Eis Greissler.

4. Get Around by Bike

Graz is a bike-friendly city, with many dedicated bike lanes and bike-sharing programs. Cycling is not only a great way to get around the city, but also a fun way to explore and stay fit. You can rent a bike from Nextbike or Citybike Graz, or buy a used one from a local bike shop.

5. Visit the Local Attractions

Graz is home to many museums, parks, and historical sites. Don't miss the Kunsthaus Graz, a contemporary art museum with a unique blob-like architecture. For a breath of fresh air, visit the Stadtpark or the Botanical Garden. If you're interested in history, visit the Schlossberg, a hilltop fortress with panoramic views of the city.

6. Embrace the Local Culture

Austrians are known for their love of music, arts, and festivals. In Graz, you can attend concerts at the Opera House, watch plays at the Schauspielhaus, or join the locals in celebrating the annual Steirischer Herbst, a festival of contemporary art and culture. By participating in these cultural activities, you can better understand and appreciate the local way of life.

7. Connect with Other Expats

Finally, don't forget to connect with other expats or digital nomads. They can provide valuable advice, support, and friendship. There are many expat groups and meetups in Graz, which you can find online. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and there are many others who are going through the same experiences.

In conclusion, living in Graz as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By learning the local language, exploring the neighborhoods, enjoying the local cuisine, getting around by bike, visiting the local attractions, embracing the local culture, and connecting with other expats, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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