Our holidays have only just begun, my sense of timing is not quite ready yet, we sleep in until seven. Sleep in? Until seven o'clock? Yep. That is just about the standard hour we get up during our holidays. Follow this diary further and you will understand that sleeping longer is really not possible with our program. Sleeping less, would be a better idea every now and then. For example, that morning in Graz, on which I should have gone for my original idea: to be ready for breakfast at 7 am - which will be served from that hour - so that we can get into the city around 8 am.
Now, however, we are later than that, so after some doubts about bringing a raincoat or umbrella (one that my girlfriend found in the Stadtpark the night before, which is handy since she had not brought one herself), it is 9 o'clock when we walk along the plane trees of the Riesstrasse / Elisabethstrasse on the way to the Dom.
Like the previous evening, we pass the Kaiser-Franz-Joseph-Brunnen (German speakers and their tendency to write everything together, if necessary with hyphens ...) - from the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873; the other two parts of the monument are nowadays on the Place de la Concorde in Paris - the Forum Stadtpark (evolved according to our guide from a former dilapidated café to an "influential artist center for modern painting, photography and literature", but as far as I can see meanwhile evolved back to a dilapidated café), and the Künstlerhaus (at the exit of the park).
At the Dom, unlike the previous evening, we first turn right into the Burg. The double Gothic spiral staircase from 1499 that sits in its tower is indeed worth a look. Although you have to be careful that you, like the undersigned, do not step next to the steps while you are watching it.
The rest of the Burg is an almost new construction, but the sculpture garden, including a bust of Viktor Kaplan (inventor of the Kaplan turbine named after him, often used for electricity generation), is at least educational.
The Dom, on the other hand, appears to be closed, as it had been the previous night, in contrast to the Mausoleum, which is open despite the curtains hanging in front of the front door (maybe it is always there?). Although we do not get to the crypt, the rest of the interior is also worthwhile.