Schell Collection in Graz

Schell Collection in Graz, Austria

At the Schell Collection, also known as the Museum of Keys (Schlüsselmuseum), you learn a lot about keys, locks, chests and jewellery boxes. Another focus is on decorative ironwork. So you see a compilation of house signs, grave crosses, windows and doors. [German]


Kunsthaus in Graz

Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria

The Kunsthaus was built in 2003 and shows exhibitions of contemporary art. Because of its remarkable architecture, it is generally known as the “Friendly Alien”. Contrary to a white cube, the interior in the form of an irregular bladder offers the possibility to enjoy bulky sculptures in an appropriate space. [German]


Franciscan Church in Graz

Church of the Franciscan in Graz, Austria

Two beauties of Graz: The landmark of Graz named Uhrturm in the background and the Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche) in the foreground. The church is part of the oldest monastery in the city. Sometimes I walk through the hidden cloister for relaxing from the hurly-burly of the shopping streets in Graz.


Crescent with a face in Graz

House sign with a moon showing a face

This house sign in Graz shows a bird standing on a combination of a star and a crescent. The combination of star and crescent was already known in the Hellenistic period (4th–1st centuries BCE). The crescent represents the moon, and the star represents the sun or the morning star. [German]


Manhole cover in Graz

Manhole cover in Graz, Austria

The manhole covers in Graz show the city arms. It is a Panther with flames from all body openings. The depiction is similar to the Styrian coat of arms. However, the modern Styrian Panther has horns and only one flame from his mouth. [German]