Back in the Middle Ages, the city of Graz was a center of commerce and trade in central Europe and its main square – the Hauptplaz – was home to dozens of traders, hosting weekly markets. The size of the trapezoidal shaped square was cut in half by the addition of the town hall in the 16th century. Today, the town hall dominates the southern part of the square while other notable buildings include the 17th century Luegg House with an impressive stucco façade, the five-story White House with a sandstone relief of the Virgin Mary, the 16th century Eagle Pharmacy and the 14th century Palais Sturgkh. A fountain and statue of Archduke Johann was added in 1878 and today the stalls surrounding the fountain are a throwback to the square’s medieval origins. In 2002, the square was redesigned to add a large open area in front of the town hall that is used for events throughout the year.
Graz Main Square is in the center of the city where several streets come together: Sporgasse, Herrengasse, Schmiedgasse, Murgasse and Sackstrasse. To get there, take tram 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 13 to Hauptplaz/Congress.