The Road to Graz

By Jonathan Spira on 27 December 2009
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Graz, a city of 250,000 inhabitants and six universities, straddles the Mur River in southeastern Austria.  The inner city district is one of the best preserved city centers in Europe.DSC_0997

A World Cultural Heritage Site, Graz is Austria’s second largest city and is the capital and largest city in the province of Steiermark (Styria), a heavily forested region.  Graz was the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003.

Leaving Roßfeld, the drive to Graz takes ca. 3 hours and is reached via a mix of Autobahnen, Bundesstraßen, and Landstraßen.  Only 150 km of the trip are via an Autobahn.

The route takes the 335d from the B999 (Roßfeldstraße) through Gmerk, where we cross the Austrian border and take the Dürrnberg Landesstraße through Hallein and continuing along the Salzachtal-Bundesstraße (B159) and then the Europastraße until reaching the Tauern-Autobahn (A10), which we take in the direction of Graz and Villach.

In the course of a 47-kilometer stretch on the Tauern-Autobahn, we go through five tunnels (Ofenauer Tunnel, Hiefler Tunnel, Brentenberg Tunnel, Zetzenberg Tunnel, and the Helbersberg Tunnel).

We continue on the E651 (which is first the B99 and then the B320) through Liezen, for ca. 75 km and join the Pyhrn-Autobahn (A9), which we take for the remaining 105 km to Graz.  The A9 takes us through the Gleinalmtunnel, with a toll of 7.50 EUR.

Exiting the A9, we reach the city center and the Grand Hotel Wiesler in just a few minutes.

Join us here for the drive.

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