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“Sum­mer in the City” at­tracts again

This year, too, summer in Graz will play all the pieces. “Summer in the City” offers lots of leisure time fun for all Graz residents and visitors to our city.

Summer in the City
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“Why wander far and wide? Look, the good lies so near!” – is a saying borrowed from Goethe. As far as Graz is concerned, it’s more than fitting – because this year, too, there are plenty of highlights in our city that will turn the “Summer in the City” into a leisure paradise. 

And Holding Graz is right in the middle of it instead of just being there. Because we don’t just keep Graz running, we also make sure that every leisure need is met.

As in the previous year, Graz is once again under the sign of “Summer in the City”, the City of Graz’s campaign to show how many leisure opportunities our city has to offer. We list some of them here. And we present the “Summer in the City” campaigns of this year, such as the free public transport on Saturdays.

Summer in the City
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In the photo (from left):

Holding Graz marketing director Richard Peer, Holding Graz influencer Katharina Hofmann, Mayor Siegfried Nagl, Deputy Mayor Mario Eustacchio, “Summer in the City” campaign model Janine Weixler, City of Graz head of communications Max Mazelle


Introduction "Summer in the City"

Al­ways on Sat­ur­days: Free trav­el on all pub­lic trans­port until the end of the hol­i­day!

Now all Graz residents and visitors to the city can look forward to a very special offer as part of the campaign: on all Saturdays between 17 July and 11 September 2021 there will be free travel on the city’s public transport lines in zone 101, including the Schloßbergbahn.

An important signal, especially for the accessibility of the city centre, as Mayor Siegfried Nagl emphasises: “Summer is once again the Graz season to experience the city. Graz offers everything it needs for a relaxing holiday. From culinary delights and hearty cuisine to recreation in the parks and leisure facilities to art, culture and shopping experiences, everything is there. With the summer free ride on Saturdays, we want to invite everyone to explore their city for free by public transport.”

The advantages of the Graz holiday are also underlined by Deputy Mayor Mario Eustacchio: “In summer, after long restrictions, our city finally comes back to life! The farmers’ markets in particular are bursting with life again. I would like to invite all residents of our beautiful hometown: Let’s discover our beautiful public spaces together and spend the summer in our city!”

Our swim­ming pools

Holding Graz operates a total of five outdoor pools, a sixth pool (Ragnitzbad) is leased. In addition, there are two indoor pools and one wellness pool. Here is a brief overview of our pools:


The outdoor pools


Pure fun and action between the Augarten and the Mur! Popular meeting place in the middle of the city.


  • 25-metre sports pool with 5-metre diving tower
  • Non-swimmer pool
  • Children’s paddling pool
  • Torrent
  • Floor geysers
  • Massage jets
  • Fountain with waterfall
  • Adventure slide
  • Beach volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Boccia
  • Children’s area with play tower and sand area (barrier-free!)
  • Nudist area

Auster outdoor pool:

No matter whether they are keen on jumping or just in need of recreation: all water rats get their money’s worth at the Auster outdoor pool!


  • 50-metre sports pool with 8 lanes
  • Diving pool with 10-metre tower
  • Beach volleyball court (4 courts)
  • Children’s area with motorbike elements and children’s paddling pool
  • Wide wave and adventure slide


Bad Straßgang:

With a water surface of a proud 11,000 square metres, the natural pool on the outskirts of the city is a real bathing oasis.


  • Beginners’ and non-swimmers’ area
  • Natural pool with natural gravel floor
  • spacious sunbathing areas
  • naturist area with its own bathing area
  • Beach volleyball court and beach soccer court
  • Table tennis
  • Children’s area with paddling pool
  • Adjacent motorhome site (privately operated)



Nestled between beautiful old buildings and not far from the centre, the Margaretenbad offers urban bathing pleasure.


  • 25-metre pool with non-swimmers’ area.
  • Beach volleyball (2 courts)
  • Cobri” children’s slide
  • Children’s area with paddling pool
  • Table tennis



The family-friendly pool in the north of Graz. Especially the little ones get their money’s worth at the Stukitzbad.


  • 25-metre pool with non-swimmers’ area.
  • Giant aquatic animals
  • Cobri” water slide
  • Children’s area for children up to 6 years (300 m2)
  • Water games
  • Sand play area
  • Rocking animals
  • Crawling worm
  • Seesaws for children
  • Relaxation zone for children and parents
  • Baby changing area
  • Table tennis
  • Football
  • Badminton


The indoor swimming pools

Auster Sportbad:

The Auster Sportbad: A training and competition base of aquatic athletes, a paradise for indoor pool fans!


  • 50-metre sports pool (suitable for international competitions)
  • Teaching pool
  • 5-metre diving platform

Bad zur Sonne (closed for maintenance until 27 July):

Also a paradise for non-swimmers and small children. The glass roof, which can also be opened, is impressive.


  • 25-metre swimming pool
  • Teaching swimming area
  • Children’s area with paddling pool


The wellness pool

Auster Wellness Bath:

The Auster wellness pool offers more than 2,000m² of space on two floors to relax, feel good and regenerate.


  • Finnish sauna (indoor and outdoor)
  • Steam bath, herbal bath, salt bath, tepidarium
  • “Auster pearl”: outdoor sauna with room for 100 people
  • Relaxation and recreation zones (some with fireplace)
  • Relax pool with fire grotto
  • Swimming channel to the outside into the wellness garden
  • Bubble and plunge pool
  • Brine pool
  • Ice showers, rain showers
  • Kneipp pool, whirlpools (indoor and outdoor)
  • Wellness garden with Kneipp, recreation and relaxation zones
  • Wellness gastronomy (indoor and outdoor)

All information on the currently valid COVID-19 regulations in our baths can be found here!

Summer in the City
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© Holding Graz/Kernasenko
© Holding Graz/Kernasenko
© Holding Graz/Kernasenko

Shop­ping in the city

Take the public transport to the city centre and then experience pure pleasure. After all, what could be better than enjoying the colourful mix of shops in Graz’s city centre during summertime open-air shopping? Nothing, is there? But there is something even nicer: when you do it all with gift Graz vouchers. This shopping voucher, created by Holding Graz Citymanagement, which can be redeemed like cash in over 700 Graz shops, restaurants and service providers, is ideal as a gift idea for any occasion!

This year there are two great summer promotions by our city management!

Summer Graz Voucher Campaign:

From 10 July to 11 September, many partner businesses will be offering great deals on Graz vouchers. You can find all the information in the “Summer in the City” special edition of the BIG. And as a special service, we offer you the collected promotional vouchers for download and printing in the PDF below.

Children’s play streets with street music


The Holding Graz Citymanagement organises nine temporary playgrounds at different locations in the city centre of Graz in cooperation with the Office for Youth and Family.

The temporary playgrounds allow toddlers and children accompanied by their parents or guardians to play freely. The free play is accompanied by pedagogically experienced play mobile operators from Graz (Fratz Graz, Jakotopia, WIKI and Kinderfreunde Steiermark).

The play streets are always open to children from 10 am to 1 pm.

In addition, there is always great street music at the respective square/street between 11 am and 4 pm with different bands and musicians – organised in cooperation with “Musik Zentral”.

When & Where?

  • Sat., 17.07.21: Schmiedgasse
  • Sat., 24.07.21: Färberplatz
  • Sat., 31.07.21: Mariahilferplatz
  • Sat., 07.08.21: Stempfergasse
  • Sat., 14.08.21: Tummelplatz
  • Sat., 21.08.21: Stubenberggasse
  • Sat., 28.08.21: Kapistran-Pieller-Platz
  • Sat., 04.09.21: Mariahilferstraße
  • Sat., 11.09.21: Hofgasse
Summer in the City
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© Holding Graz/Die Abbilderei
Stocks Graz Gutscheine

Es­cap­ing the heat

Not only on hot summer days, but especially then, a visit to Graz’s local mountain is a very special experience. The Schöckl is much more than just a mountain – it is a real leisure time paradise with a huge range of activities. It can be reached easily and comfortably from St. Radegund – namely with our Schöckl cable car (please note the MNS obligation in the gondolas)!

All this attracts you to the Schöckl:

Attractions for families:

  • Hexenexpress: Our summer toboggan run is fun for young and old!
  • Nature play trail on the Schöckl: Experience alpine nature in a playful way
  • Motor parkour: Healthy and playful exercise for young and old.
  • Wooden ball track: Fun for young and old alike!
  • Disc Golf: The Frisbee hit on the Schöckl plateau
  • Climbing Park: Climbing in the forest for young and old – right next to the valley station!
  • Hiking: More than 40 kilometres of hiking trails await you!
  • Gastro-pleasure: Our Schöckl innkeepers look forward to your visit!
  • Paths for All & Motor Parkour for All: Our Schöckl guarantees barrier-free enjoyment!
  • Schöckl feel-good zone: Four stations on the theme of empathy, belonging, recognition and responsibility.

Attractions for sports enthusiasts:

  • Paragliding & hang gliding: From Schöckl you can take off wonderfully!
  • Biking: Cycle up or leisurely down the Schöckl panoramic cycle circuit!
  • Schöckl Trail Area: Internationally known – our great downhill trail with several variations!
  • Orienteering: Seek and you shall find – running!

Attractions for people with limited mobility:

  • Trails for All & Motor Parkour for All: Our Schöckl guarantees barrier-free fun!

Find out more about the individual Schöckl attractions on our Schöckl page!

© Holding Graz/Lupi Spuma
Motorikparkour Schöckl
Schöckl Motorikparkour
Schöckl Seilbahn
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© Holding Graz/Karelly
Biken Schöckl neu
© Schöckl Seilbahn
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Wandern Schöckl
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The green lungs of the city

Whether it’s the city park, Leechwald with Hilmteich, Thalersee or the many attractions in the newly designed “Mur habitat” with the highlight Augarten Bay: Graz is a city with a very high proportion of green spaces. Green spaces that are more than just the lungs of the city, that invite you to enjoy all kinds of recreation and adventure.

Here are some of the green spaces that invite you to chill out and let off steam, enjoy and explore, especially in summer:

Lebensraum Mur:

The Augarten Bay and many other attractions attract the people of Graz to the banks of the Mur once again. A special highlight this summer: Riverdays Graz.


The green living room of the people of Graz attracts with magnificent avenues and lots of nature.


Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “swimming pool” is currently being revived.


The Leechwald borders on the Hilmteich and is a real natural paradise.


Boating, strolling, gustieren, “kugl’n” across the pond and climbing in the forest: all that is possible here!


It is not only the magnificent view that attracts you to the summit of this green paradise.


One of the most beautiful and quietest places in Graz with a dream view of large parts of the city.

Stadtpark Grünraum
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Luftbild Graz Innenstadt
© Holding Graz/Kernasenko
© Holding Graz/Steurer
Stadt Graz, Kommunikation, Hidden Places, Summer in the City
© Stadt Graz/Fischer

More info about sum­mer in Graz

Fancy some more? For more information on the many attractions this summer, visit the City of Graz’s “Summer in the City” page (link below).