Graz, the capital of Styria, is the second largest city in Austria with about 293,000 inhabitants. It is an attractive and cosmopolitan city, where people from 160 different nations live. The city of Graz hosts four universities and two universities of applied sciences with over 50,000 students. Graz is located in the foothills of the Alps at the river Mur and impresses you with its southern flair and the nearby vineyards of the famous southern Styrian wine region. The historic city centre, which is placed around the Schlossberg with the well-known clock tower ‘Uhrturm‘, and the castle Schloss Eggenberg have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Graz was European Capital of Culture in 2003 and has become a UNESCO City of Design in 2011.