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]

Schwammerlturm in Leoben

Schwammerlturm in Leoben, Austria

Master builder Peter Carlone built this tower in 1615. In the beginning, the name of this building referred to its function. It was called Mautturm (toll tower). After getting its unique roof in 1794, the name Schwammerlturm (mushroom tower) became common.

Summer house of Eggenwald

Eggenwaldsches Gartenhaus in Leoben, Austria

In this summer house formerly owned by Josef von Eggenwald (Eggenwaldsches Gartenhaus), the Peace Treaty of Leoben was signed between the Holy Roman Empire and the First French Republic on April 18th, 1797. This signing was an important event at the end of the “War of the First Coalition”. [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.

Sundial in Bruck an der Mur

Sundial in Bruck an der Mur, Austria

This sundial on a residential building shows two depictions of the Styrian city of Bruck an der Mur. In the upper part, you can see Landskron Castle and parts of the former city walls. In the lower part, several residential buildings represent the modern Bruck an der Mur. At the bottom right, the city arms complete the presentation. [German]