Ski Season tips

There are a wide choice of ski resorts reachable from Graz between 1 – 2 hours drive. You can see a list of open resorts here. The Steiermark tourism page also has recommendations for ski resorts, including a section on family friendly resorts, plus sledging runs, fun parks for snowboarders, cross country skiing and ski […]

Learning German in Graz

German Classes and Conversation Groups in Graz Start Punkt Deutsch offers a free service offering personalized advice on finding the right German course (includes placement test) plus information on subsidy options. They also list most of the current German courses taking place in Graz on their website.                           […]

Christmas in Graz 2022

Christmas in the center of Graz is a lovely time of year, the streets are decorated with lights, the festive shop windows and the smell of roasted chestnuts all make for a lovely atmosphere. And of course the famous Christmas markets! The Christmas markets (also known as Christkindlmärkte, Weihnachtsmärkte or Adventmärkte ) open November 18 – […]

Schreib.oase co-writing space

Schreib.Oase is a new co-writing space just off Annenstraße, not far from Südtiroler Platz. Writers of all disciplines will receive a warm welcome in German or English from founder Petra Freynhofer. The room is set up as a cozy living room with lots of fun vintage touches to inspire a creative atmosphere. Writers can choose between different areas […]

Finding an apartment to rent

LivingLaVida has a great post all about finding apartments in Graz to rent including for students, which discusses costs, contracts etc. Expatica also has a good article all about renting in Austria, so read these two first. A few additional points below. Currently renters often have to pay a ‘provision’ – real estate agent fee […]

Genuss Ab Hof – local artisan food shop

Genuss Ab Hof have a new shop in a 1700’s building at the foot of the Schlossberg on the road leading up from Karmeliterplatz. Inside you’ll find over 1000 speciality products from over 60 small Austrian farms (2/3 come from Graz or Styria). Including fresh items such bread, fruit & veg, meat, cheese and milk, […]

Austria for Beginners

Austria for Beginners is a new non-profit organisation based in Vienna supporting expats and migrants Austria-wide with their legal needs. Their team of lawyers can assist with a wide ranging of integration issues that often affect newcomers to Austria. They offer legal consultations in English, German and Bulgarian in areas such as: Immigration law Administrative […]

Alles Party Shop

Don’t be deceived by blink-and-miss it entrance to Alles Party at Südtiroler Platz 10 (near the Kunsthaus). Inside is an Aladdin’s cave of party supplies with decorations, accessories and balloons for every occasion. From baby showers, kids birthday parties (all major themes such as harry potter, Gruffelo, Disney princess, Frozen, Paw Patrol starwars, football etc […]

Repair bonus

The Ministry of Climate Protection has just launched an Austrian-wide Repair Bonus subsidy program to encourage people to repair household electrical items instead of throwing them away. Individuals can now claim up to €200 towards 50% of the repair cost or €30 for a cost repair estimate. This can include big items like washing machines […]