Winter Tires

In Austria it is highly recommended to have winter tires on your car between November 1st and April 15th. Driving in good weather with summer tires is still allowed but driving in wintery road conditions without winter tyres or snow chains can incur a fine of € 35. If other road users are endangered as […]

Learning German in Graz

Start Punkt Deutsch is an initiative by the Land Steiermark, Stadt Graz und Österreichischem Integrationsfonds (ÖIF). You can visit their website for a long list of German classes in Graz listed by level, institution and start date. You can also visit their office at Reitschulgasse 19, 8010 Graz for a free personal consultation and get […]

Pregnancy Resources in Graz

Being pregnant in a foreign country can be challenging! Here are some links you might find useful explaining healthcare, maternity leaves & money and where to get support. Family Guide – Services for Family in Austria This very helpful English brochure contains just about everything you need to know about being pregnant in Austria! You can download […]

Social Events for Sept!

Some fun social events for this month where you can meet other international English speaking friendly people! Thursdays, 8 pm – English speaking Stammtish at the Die Herzl, Prokopigasse 12 Held by the English Speakers in Graz – Anglo-Austrian Circle club, this is a regular meet up every Thursday, newcomers welcome! No registration needed, just […]

Frauenservice ‘Whats On’ this autumn

The Frauenservice at Lendplatz 38 offers amazing support for women, both local and foreign. Here are some activities for this fall that may be of interest for those learning German or looking for a job. All are free and no registration required. For information about their free counselling service in many languages see my post […]

Shopping & eating locally in Graz

A few new places to find locally produced food and made-in-Austria products in Graz, plus an on-line Austrian shop offering same day delivery. Genuss Ab Hof have opened a small pop up shop at the bottom of the Schlossberg (Schlossberg 2) selling fresh local farm products and wine. Open Monday – Friday 9 am – […]

Preparing for Volksschule

Starting primary / elementary school in a foreign country is often a challenge. Here are a few tips to help get prepared. School Bag Most Volksschule kids carry a special type of large square backpack called ‘Schulranzen‘. They come in many different patterns – Starwars, dinosaurs, ponies etc and often include a matching sports bag […]

Baumgartner am Paulustor – Garden store

A mini oasis in the middle of the city! The upscale garden store Baumgartner am Paulustor has recently opened in the historic Palais Wildenstein at Paulustorgasse 8 (close to Karmeliterplatz). Full of stylish garden accessories, household wares, decorative items, plant pots and lots more. A pretty courtyard filled with flowers and plants also offers a […]

Shop Local: Maghony Wilson Bikes & Bags

The former owners of Cafe Cultural Exchange have opened a stylish new bike shop & cafe at Körösistrasse 1 (corner of Keplerbrücke) Maghony Bikes & Bags is a full service shop, specialising in custom made vintage bikes, spare parts, service and repairs. Plus they have their own handmade canvas bike bags. Made to last a […]

‘Pick your own’ Strawberry fields in Graz

The start of summer is often signaled by arrival of local strawberries in the farmer markets. For the freshest berries (and a fun family activity), the pick-your-own strawberry fields around Graz are very popular. They usually open from around middle / end of May and the season lasts to until about end of July / […]