Graz is the second-largest city in Austria, with a population of about 285,000. Some 40,000 of this population is made up of students, as Graz is home to no less than six universities and is associated with names as illustrious as Johannes Kepler, Erwin Schrödinger and Nikola Tesla. South of the Alps and set in charming surroundings Graz enchants visitors with its almost Mediterranean atmosphere. Possibly it's Austria's most relaxed city, although the large student population helps create a busy nightlife and vibrant arts scene.
The attractive city also boasts bristling green parkland, red rooftops and a small, fast-flowing river gushing through its centre. Graz's "Old Town" is one of the best-preserved city centers in Central Europe. Being situated in a cultural borderland between Central Europe, Italy and the Balkan States, Graz absorbed various influences from the neighbouring regions and thus received its exceptional townscape. In 1999, it was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Furthermore, Graz was sole Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003.
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