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 its quaint Old Town have a relaxed and authentic feel.
But 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.
We sent BFFs Joanna and Emily from London on a mission: Visit Linz and bring back the perfect selfie. But their visit turned into much more than that – they discovered a city full of creative energy and surprises. See for yourself (and find out more about the places they visited here):
Culture in Linz is extraordinarily diverse. There’s interactive art in the virtual worlds of the Ars Electronica Center. On the opposite bank of the Danube, masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries are on display in the striking glass-and-steel Lentos Museum of Art. The art museum’s collection is comprehensive; the most significant are paintings by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, as well as sculptures and graphics from Warhol, Haring and Export.
You can enjoy world-class music and drama 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 addition, in April 2013, the new Musiktheater lifted the curtain as Europe's most advanced opera house.
Big events highlight the cultural calendar in Linz. The Pflasterspektakel Festival of Street Art, Danube Summer, Ars Electronica Festival, Linzer Klangwolken (Cloud of Sound), Brucknerfest, Linzer Advent and Winter Culture offer regional and international art and culture for every taste.
Linz’s Old Town is the ideal setting for strolls through charming cobblestone streets and past centuries-old architecture. Its spacious Main Square is one of the largest in Central Europe. The continent’s steepest traction railway takes you on a leisurely ride up Pöstlingberg for a panoramic view of the city. When the visibility’s good, you can see all the way to the Alps. And what better way to follow that up than with a boat ride on the beautiful blue Danube?
Needless to say, culture and scenery aren’t all that Linz has to offer. One of Austria's most popular shopping districts is right in the heart of downtown Linz. And when you’re ready for a refreshing break, consider dropping in on one of Linz’s many cafés and trying a world-famous Linzer Torte!
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