|Once Again Austrian Airways|
Second time in Austria , First time was Transit to Germany via Vienna by Austrian airways , this time in Austria by Austrian Airways via Vienna. This is 5 day official trip to Graz , 2 days in plane and remaining 3 days at work.
My flight left Tokyo , Narita Airport at 11:30 and I was in Vienna around 15:30 local time, around 8 hr flight. Transfer was easy and fast to Graz by Austrian Airways , took 25 mins only.
|Graz Airport @ 18:00|
Day 1 :
Arrived at Graz airport , nice sunny day at 18:00. Surprised to see my office guys to pick me up there , we ride our rental car towards Hotel Daniel. 2 of my Japanese colleagues and 1 American Colleague they are staying in different hotel. It looks the center of city. We took then Tarm for 2 Euro 40 Cents for oneway ride towards my hotel Wiesler. 2 stop ride , and I found no ticket checker out there just like in Japan usually in countryside place.
Checked in Hotel , per night cost 106 Euro with 16 Euro Breakfast. Room was nice with 2 beds but there is no toothbrush and paste in the hotel. This is my 2nd time finding this in European hotel, I guess this is the way here.
|Morning breakfast , guess what 16 Euro..|
After check-in went back side of hotel for our meal , Austrian beer (PUNTIGAMER) and Austrian food. 500ml beer glass but this beer felt little bitter in taste compared to German beer. Food was delicious , can smell the aroma of cooked potatoes. Fried meat was delicious. We had few starter with Beer , cheese was best. One must try cheese once in Europe.
|Awesome 10 Euro Dish : Wiener SchnitzelIn|
Austria, the most commonly enjoyed meats include beef, chicken and pork. However, the most well known treat, the Wiener Schnitzel, is mostly made of veal.
After finishing meal it was time to go local Casino , day 1 at Casino didn't thought about. 27.5 Euro entry fee and you get 30 Euro worth chips. Today coat was needed so had to rent coat from Casino for 2.5 Euro. First time in Casino playing blackjack , at starting everything was going above head but finally when started trying it , was fun. Went to maximum 50 Euro and then to nothing. My buddy made 60 Euro , I guess day 2, day 3 will be at casino too trying my luck and spend all my 100 Euro change.
Just don`t forget to bring your ID before going to casino.
Day 2 :
Jet-leg is showing it sign , I slept at 22:00 and awake at 2 AM , rolling around in the bed. Nice fried backons, eggs , bread , yogurt salad in morning meal , but 16 Euro too expensive. We ride to work from Hotel Daniel ( next to train station ) in our car. We had nice beef pasta lunch with sparkling apple juice at " Gastof Thomahan " restaurant near our work which our host organised.
|Tradition and a warm welcome are written large at Gasthof Thomahan. And this ever since the 18th century. Its proximity to the city and attractive trip destinations have made the inn a popular starting point for people heading out on trips, on holiday or on business.|
Finished our work around 5pm , just like european style. Everybody have gone home around this time , its nice to see the big difference from Japan working style.
After finishing work , we ride tram to city centre and had dinner there " fillet chips with beef and pork " for 19.5 Euro and big Austrian beer. It was nice tasty dinner and later we had walk around the city , opera house , streets and it nice to see these places , reminds old Europe which we see in TV.
|Main square (Hauptplatz) of Graz : All you need from this (relatively) small town is in Hauptplatz! Pretty buildings, snacks, shopping, drugs, museums...it's like 'all in one'. It is a wonderful time strolling through the heart of Graz.|
As a man who regards himself as a true connoisseur of high class grub..well he was simple blown away..so much so that he wept into his cloth napkin.
|Fillet chips with beef and pork|
|Graz city Centre , best way to see is by walking around streets|
Later once again to our Casino and loosing 30 Euro of the day on blackjack.
Day 3 :
Starts at 5AM , morning breakfast and then at work. Afternoon was again to "Gastof Thomahan " restaurant and had fried chicken with mashed potatoes , delicious.
|Chicken all the way|
Night we had dinner with our host in city centre , 100 year old resturant in front of Kastner & Öhler department store. Today it was Lamb turn , and it turned out one of the best dish I have eaten with 1 dark beer and 1 puntagamer beer , 1 L in total.
|Lamb with Slated Potatoes and beans.. Around 19 Euro dish|
Later we had walk around city in streets , full of restaurants opened filled with people.
Day 4 :
Last day at work , so big food from morning to night , I am sure I gained 5Kg in just 3 days , I can feel it. 1L beer everyday , morning big breakfast , lunch getting bigger and dinner HUGE. Our Lunch was at same place "Wiener SchnitzelIn", delicious as expected on first look.
We finished our work early so while driving back home we had to visit to Arnold Schwarzenegger thal bei Graz ( The House of Arnold Schwarzenegger ). It is just 20 min from Graz into the mountains in countryside. Entry fee of 6.5 Euro and see the inside of Arnold`s childhood to manhood. He is the guy every guy to wish be with big muscles " The Terminator ".
“I'll be back”
|The House of Arnold|
Open from 10:00 to 17:00 , Entry Fee for Adult : 6.5 Euro
|Arnie Childhood House|