The old centre of Graz was designated a World Heritage site by the UNESCO
in 1999 due to its well-preserved inner city. Right in the centre, more or less grown together with the inner city, the Schlossberg rises majestically. It offers a breath-taking view of the red roof landscape whose appearance today is still characterized by the original, in part up to 600-year-old, terracotta roof tiles. The historic houses that nestle close to the Schlossberg offer a sight that is well worth seeing. However, its roofs also mark the boundary to a refuge which, in the most part, evades the turmoil of the city and the gazes of the tourists. The age-old buildings and walls hide studios and workshops, modern apartments, huge attics, sleeping bats and cats. Roof gardens form green valleys in the sea of houses, and domestic gardeners tend their oases between the remainders of the medieval fortress walls. Secret inner courtyards and bricked-up lanes hide their existence, the same as many a house does its access to the private gardens of the Schlossberg rock.
The documentary “Over the roofs of Graz” by Klaus T. Steindl explores the exciting microcosm at the “roof boundary” of Graz and offers insight into an exciting microcosm that cannot be found in any city guide. (Text: 3sat)
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