Sep 2021 Graz Austria

Graz was a pretty random choice; I wanted to get into Europe and found that, at the time, I was able to enter Austria without requiring self isolation. Being that I’ve already been to Vienna I thought seeing a new city would be nice. It turned out to be a great choice on many levels. Some of this was personal business I was able to take care of, but it’s also a beautiful city with a lot of character and charm. I personally love how walkable it is, but there is also great public transportation if you prefer a bit less walking. 

This was an 18-night stay…

  • Accommodation –  $1,434.46* (additional information below)
  • Getting around locally – $0
  • Living expenses – $457.97 (groceries and eating out)
  • Activities – $2.37 (Entry to Eggenberg Palace)
  • Mobile phone/data  – $65.40 (I use Google Fi providing service in most countries)
  • Medical insurance = $41.47 (I’m using SafetyWing)

Total $2,001.67 / 18 nights = $111.21 per

Transportation to and from varies too much, so I’ve left it out along with most incidental/one-time personal costs. All other standard day to day expenses are included to give an idea of how much basic living costs in the area are. Groceries will sometimes include basic personal care items (i.e. toothpaste, deodorant, etc.).


  • The first week was a last minute booking through at The Strasser. The hotel had just been acquired by an operator in the Best Western group a couple of weeks before and they were making upgrades while I was there. Being I wasn’t 100% sure how everything was going to go with traveling internationally I waited until I was past all checkpoints and officially in Austria to book. I went with the smaller room to save some money and because I thought I’d just be staying for the week; the 7 night total came out to about US $543.
  • The rest of the stay I booked through the Best Western website which by being a member gave me a free upgrade to a larger room with a full size bed. The 11 night total was approximately US $875.

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