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Graz, the capital of Styria, owes its importance to the defence of central Europe against the Turks. From the 15th century, Graz was permanently under arms, rendering it far more secure than Vienna. During the last years of the Habsburg empire, the city’s mild climate made it a popular retirement choice for officers and civil servants. Nowadays, however, it is the second largest Austrian city with plentyful night-time diversions, lots of cultural events and a population of around 285,000 inhabitants, amongst them some 40,000 students. Despite having been badly bombed during world war two the old town, a UNESCO world culturell heritage site, and the 19th century districts east of the old town are largely still intact. Graz has the most diverse tramride in Austria were tramline no. 1 takes you from the barock jewels of Eggenberg castle on the western edge of the city to Mariatrost Basilika right on the eastern edge of Graz.      

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: www.graz.at

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