The war was lost, the city destroyed, the country occupied. In the first post-war period, the people of Graz found themselves confronted with completely new challenges and “neighbors”, the British. As part of the British occupation zone, Graz experienced its first cultural and social upswing, despite all the privations. The reconstruction and the fight for bare survival in 1945 finally led to Jazz, tea time and Valentine’s Day in the 1950s. In the words of Commander Colonel Alex Wilkinson, from his weekly radio speeches: “Keep smiling, Steirer”.
We want to tell the almost forgotten, but incredibly important, history of the British occupation of Graz. How much British is in us Grazers and how much Styrian do the British understand? An exciting city tour full of quotes, photos and funny clichés.
“´The oak´ newspaper 1945”
What is a “Young Tour”?
Our Young Tours are customizable thematic tours. The contents couldn’t be more diverse and our guests are too. In this case ‘young’ does of course less refer to the age of the visitor than to the age of the guide and the young-spirited walks around our city. But what’s best – our Young Tours may be combined, extended, and altered – please feel free to specify the date, time, meeting point etc. We will try to make it all possible, after a short talk with you. We will gladly advise you and make sure we find exactly what you need for your company outing, family meeting, birthday, hen’s or stag’s night, or any other occasion. We are the youngest guides in Graz and rock the city with our fresh, wild walking tours and ideas.
NB: Unlike our Free Tours, our Young Tours are not held free of charge but instead customized to your liking.
How to find the guide?
The guide will wait at the arranged place and time, wearing a discover Graz bag or t-shirt, and will walk up to you. For the arranged meeting point, please refer to our website or to our confirmation e-mail.
What do we mean by “upon request”?
You may book any tour upon your own wishes for a fixed rate. Please give us the date, time, and number of persons you wish to bring and we will arrange the rest together. Discover Graz will be pleased to inform you about what best suits you and your group’s needs and wishes. There is no minimum for the number of participants but we do have an upper limit that will, however, vary according to the type of tour you book.