The city of Linz is home to a vibrant music and arts scene, seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary arts.

    Edgy and Authentic

    Linz is a little bit different. This “City of Smart Tourism” has historic beauty aplenty: its expansive main square – located right by the Danube, and one of the largest in Central Europe – and its quaint Old Town have a relaxed and authentic feel. Linz’s Old City is ideal for a stroll through charming cobblestone streets, past centuries-old architecture. One of Europe's steepest traction railways takes you on a leisurely ride up Pöstlingberg for a panoramic view of the city with sweeping views of the Alps, and afterwards you can take a boat ride on the beautiful Danube river.

    But despite this historic charm, Linz is also defined by a constant desire for change and innovation. Once primarily an industrial centre, Linz has become a pioneer when it comes to culture, art, and technology. Home to a harbour that doubles as one of Europe’s biggest graffiti galleries and the cutting-edge art-slash-technology museum Ars Electronica Center, Linz is a destination for travellers looking for the unfamiliar.

    Ars Electronica Festival in Linz

    Culture in Linz is extraordinarily diverse. Across the Danube is the Ars Electronica Center, architectural masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries are on display in the striking glass-and-steel Lentos Museum of Art. Enjoy world-class music and performances in the Brucknerhaus and the Landestheater, leading-edge offerings in the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, and exhibitions in the Museums of the Province of Upper Austria. In April 2013, the Musiktheater lifted the curtain as Europe's most advanced opera house.

    Linz offers international art and culture for every taste.

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      Christmas Markets in Linz & Upper Austria

      The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas markets, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.

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