Christmas in Graz

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! Christmas Markets The Christmas markets (also knows as Christkindlmärkte, Weihnachtsmärkte or Adventmärkte ) are officially […]

Easy Teichalm hike

This is one of my favourite easy hikes, an hour from Graz, at Teichalm lake. It’s about an hour mostly through the woods with lovely meadows and mountain views. So good for warm days and it’s not very steep so family friendly too. The destination is the Tyrnaueralm hütte, a small rustic hut with simple […]

Mountain adventures (family friendly)

If you are looking for some cool fresh mountain air on hot summer days, Aflenz Bürgeralm is a great family friendly place for gentle hikes. Also for the adventurous with much longer hikes into the Hochschwab mountain range, plus mountain biking paths too. The views really are stunning here with not too much effort! It’s […]

Outdoor Swimming pools in Graz

On hot days Graz’s outdoor swimming pools can be great places to cool off. They are all unheated so the water remains refreshingly cool even on the warmest of days. (But they may also be on the cold side on cooler days or after a big rain storm). There are also several great nature swimming […]

Summer fun for kids in Graz

Now the warmer weather has finally arrived it’s the perfect time to chill in the park with little ones. There are lots of playgrounds to keep them busy. Also keep an eye out for the Grazer Spielmobile which travels to different playgrounds around Graz everyday between May – September. From 15:00 they bring with them […]

Thermal Spas

In winter thermal spas are wonderful places for warming up on cold days. I love floating outside in the hot pools while surrounded by snow. Some thermals are all about relaxation and others are focused on keeping kids happy and have slides & baby pools. In summer many have additional outdoor pools for cooling off […]

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 […]