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 […]

Österreichischer Alpenverein – mountain club

The Österreichischer Alpenverein is Austria’s biggest alpen club specialising in mountain sports (hiking, mountaineering, climbing, ski touring, mountain biking and other sports). They look after mountain trails, rock climbing routes plus manage and maintain mountains huts where hikers can stay overnight. They also organise a full schedule of activities for kids and adults – including guided […]

Where to buy a christmas tree in Graz

Austrians usually don’t put up their christmas trees until Dec 24th (as Christkind brings and decorates the tree in many homes on this date). So the Christmas stands open later than in other countries (December 10th this year). But it’s possible to find a tree earlier at places like Obi or garden centers. Below are […]

Sport activities & classes for babies & kids

There are a lot of great affordable classes and activities to keep kids active in Graz! Babies & younger children Eltern Kind Zentrum (Petersgasse 44A, 8010) offers a wide range of classes and programs for parents and babies / small kids. Kinderfreundehaus (Schlossergasse 4, 8010) offers classes, parent & kid groups (they welcome international parents) […]

Resources for parents in Graz

Below are some very helpful organisations who can provide support, advice and classes for new parents, daycare options (plus flexible drop off / emergency care options), schools, training and education opportunities  for teenagers and more. New parents The City of Graz has an informative website with lots of resources for families (switch the language in […]

All Saints Day ‘Allerheiligen’ November 1st

For those familar with the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, Austria has a similar tradition, although more somber and less of a party atmosphere! On November 1st All Saints Day ‘Allerheiligen’ in German and November 2nd All Souls Day ‘Allerseelen’ Austrians visit their local cemetery and decorate their relatives’ graves with flowers, wreaths and […]