Graz Interview #1 – Shawna

Interviews with locals and expats offering their own perspectives & recommendations for living in the lovely city of Graz. I’m very pleased to introduce my dear friend Shawna Farrow. She hails from Canada, and moved to Graz for love. Shawna is truly a ray of sunshine (I wrote this before she sent the above photo […]

Ticks – FSME & Borreloise

Spring through Summer is when we all start checking ourselves and our kids for ticks. Unfortunately Graz is in a high risk zone for FSME (tick-borne encephalitis) and Borreloise (Lyme disease). You can read more about these nasty diseases and how to protect yourself in this very informative blog post. If you remove the ticks […]

3 day trips outside Graz

Here are three great places all within an hour’s drive from Graz for some family fun & adventure. Motorikpark Gamlitz is really fun for all ages. It’s a large park filled with obstacle courses, things to balance on, swing on and much more. All designed to improve agility and motoric skills. There’s lots of grassy […]

Day trip – hiking

If you are looking for a gentle hike with amazing views, the Plankogel loop is a great option. It’s in the Almenland region – a beautiful area of alpine countryside about 50 mins from Graz. This is a 6.5 km hike, only 200 meters climbing elevation and took us about 2 hours at a steady […]

Public Transportation

Graz has a good reliable transportation system. Below are some of the ways to get around by bus, tram, train and car sharing. Buses / Trams There are 6 tram lines, 24 bus lines and 8 weekend night buses that run throughout the city of Graz – zone 101. A map can be found here […]

TIM Car Sharing

If you don’t have a car in Graz, TIM is a great car sharing service. Here are all the good reasons to use them. (I have also heard positive reviews from friends). Affordable – there is a €15 registration fee and €7 a month fee for a membership card. If you have a half year […]

Recycling & Trash in Graz

One of the more challenging tasks of living in another country is attempting to work out how to separate the trash. Every country seems to have it’s own system and Graz is no exception! Also if you live in a multi apartment house you will probably hear complaints from your neighbours if you’re not separating […]


It can be challenging to explain to a hairdresser what you are looking for, then trying to do it in a foreign language only makes it harder! Here are two of my favourite hairdressers in Graz who speak good english. Bamboo Hair and Spa is run by a lovely American Darci and her Austrian husband. […]