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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pollen and Allergy Season

Unfortunately, Graz often has high pollen counts due to being surrounded by mountains. Below is a guide on what is blooming each month in Graz. The Austrian Pollen Information Service at the Medical University of Vienna also provides a daily pollen forecast for your neighourhood (in German and English), plus a useful app. If you […]

Free video streaming with your library card

The Arbeiterkammer Bibliothek and Stadtbibliothek have launched a video streaming service ‘filmfriend’ (Links – AK and Stadtbibliothek) as part of their digital library services. Library users can view 3,500 feature and short films, documentaries, series, international arthouse cinema, comedies or dramas. It’s an eclectic collection – think festival award winning European films rather than your […]