Linz City Guide


The third largest city in Austria, Linz is considered the center of Austria’s second strongest economic region. Located near river Donau in Upper Austria, Linz has its own airport and has Intercity and Eurocity trains that connect it with Salzburg and Vienna. Although it is primarily an industrial city, it sure has something to offer to tourists of different kinds. Some of these structures date back to 799. It also houses numerous museums that make it a favorite destination for art enthusiasts and collectors. To bring tourists closer to nature, the strategic location of the city allows tourists to take boat excursions. River Donau is also linked to Rhine and Main. A trip to the Botanic gardens would also be another delight for nature lovers. As it hosts the International Festival for Electronic Art, otherwise referred to as Ars Electronica Festival, the city gets a lot of international media attention. Other than that, Klangwolke that translates to sound-cloud is another spectacle that is no less than a pleasant treat for the senses. This open air event held every September is a big cultural affair with modern and traditional music accompanied by a big light show. Probably, each of these contributed to the city becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2009. The city is not left behind as a shopping destination. On top of the modern artworks for sale all year round, a random selection of trinkets and antiquities would be on display at the Linzer flea market. This flea market would be open every Saturday from March to mid November on the Hauptplatz. Not unless stocks are depleted, the small shops would start as early as 7 in the morning and wrap up at around 2 in the afternoon. Those who do not wish to go home empty handed would enjoy browsing through the limitless options. There are also a lot of local handicrafts available including pewters, elaborately-crafted silver and rustic ceramic pots. All of these can be taken home to be given as gifts or be treasured as a part of interior décor back home. There would also be a lot of slippers, dresses and dressmaking fabrics that can also interest cosmopolites. Nightlife in Linz caters to a vast population and can be shortly described as a gastronomic delight made interesting with classic, modern and homegrown music. There are a number of cafes and restaurants that have eat all you can events for spaghetti and local desserts. There are bars for those who are inclined to blues and jazz. There are also karaoke nights for a more playful twist. There is the Landestheater which hold classic productions including ballet, opera and musicals. Raves and eclectic line of music can be enjoyed at Posthof for a truly avant-garde Linz experience. For hip-hop, electro and funk enthusiasts, they have Strom and Stadtwerk for ultimate partygoers and clubbers. Just the same there is Thüsen Tak for the rock and rollers. There, they serve good beer along with the seriously good rock music. Linz virtually has something for everyone.

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