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Blog: With “Open Air Feel­ing” through Graz

© Katharina Hofmann

When the temperatures rise and the sun finally shows its best side, even the Graz public buses take off their clothes. The City of Graz’s convertible bus has been making its rounds again since 3 June – a special experience for visitors to Graz as well as for locals.

Schedule

On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays the tour starts at 11 am in front of the Kunsthaus. From there the tour takes 90 minutes through the city, passing the most important places in Graz. A tour guide will tell you interesting and interesting facts and, if necessary, in two languages (D/E). This is an ideal opportunity for tourists who are only in Graz for a few days to get an overview of the city in a short time.

From July onwards, additional round trips starting at 1 pm will also be offered.

The convertible bus is actually a vehicle formerly used as a public bus that has “cleared the top” for its use. The bus offers 40 reclining passenger seats, variable tables as well as on-board radio and radio microphone for the tour guide. In addition, cold drinks can be ordered from the on-board bar on request.

© Katharina Hofmann
© Katharina Hofmann

My convertible bus experience

At 11 a.m. on the dot, we are warmly welcomed by Manfred, the bus driver. Shortly afterwards the tour begins. At Grieskai along the Mur we head towards Augarten, continue on Grazbachgasse, then past the university, to St. Leonhard and back to the centre. At the end we made a short detour to the right bank of the Mur, where we stopped again in front of the Kunsthaus at 1 p.m. on the dot. The lady who accompanied us on the tour was a real Graz expert. She made the tour incredibly funny and lively and it was fun to listen to the stories about the city. In fact, I heard a lot of things that even I, as a native of Graz, didn’t know.

The city’s convertible bus is not only a great experience for visitors to Graz, but also for all those who would like to learn more about their home. But it’s also nice to just sit in the sun on the upper deck and feel the wind in your face.

© Katharina Hofmann
© Katharina Hofmann
© Katharina Hofmann

Full moon trip

For those who are not so keen on the sun, there is another special. On the full moon tour, which also starts at 20:30 at the Kunsthaus, you can marvel at Graz by night. The programme: a city tour under the full moon followed by a ride up the Schlossberg by train. At the Schlossberg, you can enjoy a glass of wine in the romantic atmosphere of the Aiola Upstairs. Dates in 2021 are 23 and 24 July, 21 and 22 August and 20 and 21 September.

Tickets and prices

The convertible bus tour costs a regular €19.50 for adults and €9.90 for children. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver (up to 30 minutes before the tour) and from Graz Tourismus, Herrengasse 16.

Tickets for the full moon ride cost €29 for adults and children.

Tickets, travel times & Co – All information about the convertible bus can be found here!