Tourist tips and local attractions
The European Cultural Capital of 2009 is genuinely unique:
Linz is home to Europe‘s most modern opera house and a vibrant contemporary culture scene, as well as having a flourishing economy with leading international companies. The superbly-preserved Old Town isn’t the only place where the connection between this legendarily eco-friendly city and its long history is evident. Yet people in Linz prefer to look to the future – and find the joy of living in the here and now.

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Ars Electronica Center

AEC This museum of the future and technology with its interactive adventure world has an illuminated facade, which is visible far and wide, and houses exciting exhibitions on the integration of digital art and technology into our everyday lives.


voestalpine Stahlwelt

Stahlwelt A multimedia adventure world on the theme of steel.
Our steel plant is the cleanest and most innovative in the world. A claim many steel plants make – but how many give anyone a glimpse of what’s on the other side of the factory gate? voestalpine does, and even goes one step further: After you visit the exhibition in the voestalpine Stahlwelt, you’re in for an exciting plant tour.
Multimedia buses will transport you deep inside the plant grounds covering 5.2 square kilometers. Directly to the production facilities, where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the steel-making process.


Schlossmuseum Linz

Schlossmuseum The Old Town of Linz, with its shops and pubs, is a wonderful place to relax. The most eye-catching feature of the historical center is Austria’s largest universal museum in the Linz Castle, which presents permanent exhibitions on nature and technology in Upper Austria.
Unforgettable: the view from the terrace over the rooftops of the city.


Hauptplatz and Landstraße

Landstrasse With its baroque facades and the Trinity Column, the largest urban square in Europe is the ideal starting point for a city stroll along Landstraße. After Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, it is the most frequented shopping street in Austria.


Old Buildings & new Architecture

Musiktheater No other Austrian city has changed as much as Linz in the last 100 years, while at the same time preserving its identity. While the Second World War, the success as a business location and the year as European Capital of Culture may have shaped the city, they have in no way reduced the quality of life – more than 50 % green areas. The tobacco factory by Peter Behrens / Alexander Popp, the Solar City residential project, the award-winning station district and cultural buildings along the Danube are the areas where the change is really noticeable. So come and see. Discover old and new buildings and take a look at the changes in Linz.


Pöstlingberg & the Pöstlingberg tram

Pöstlingberg One of the emblems of the city. The striking pilgrimage basilica crowns Linz picturesquely, easily accessible via the steepest adhesion railway on the continent. Linz’s zoo, the popular fairy-tale world of the grotto railway, and a magnificent view of Linz await visitors on the hill.

This historical railway, which is Europe’s steepest adhesion railway, has been gently modernised and extended with additional disability accessible carriages. Board the train and enjoy the ride up to Pöstlingberg, Linz’s local mountain– with the new mountain railway, or the retro railway carriages (in summer only), departing at intervals of 30 minutes directly from Hauptplatz.


Linzer Torte

Linzer Torte The sweet ambassador. The earliest recipe dates from the year 1653, making it the oldest gateau recipe in the world.


Linz City Walking Tour

Linz Rundgang Austria Guides are the city’s insiders and invite you on an entertaining journey through time: You can discover stories of change, perspectives for the future, and experiences of the latest city events on the 1.5-hour walking tour.


Mariendom – new cathedral

Mariendom Austria. This neo-Gothic work of art is all the more impressive due to its tower, which stands just a few meters lower than Stephansdom in Vienna.


Lentos – Kunstmuseum Linz

Lentos The museum of contemporary art. The impressive exhibition space, flooded with natural light, houses one of Austria’s finest art collections.

Linz tips
Have you ever asked what it means for a city to be by the longest river in Europe? How a river like that shapes a city? In 2014 and 2015, Linz is looking for answers to that. Exhibitions, installations, and events of all kinds show art, nature, and industry, and make the developments on the banks of the Danube comprehensible. Feel the force of the waves on a boat trip, hike or bike along the banks. Strengthened by regional specialties and a slice of Linzer Torte, we dare you to try something new, and to discover the culture of the region. Because there’s lots to explore and enjoy.

Boat trip
Escape the hustle and bustle, experience leisureliness and relaxation first hand – on a boat trip on the Danube.

The Upper Austrian experience
Linz lies not only at the centre of Europe, but also in the heart of Upper Austria, surrounded by the partner areas Salzkammergut, Phyrn-Priel and Danube-Region. Many excursion destinations can thus be easily reached in a very short time. In addition, there are 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a radius of 200 km.

Danube-Vltava Region
The culture of remembrance - Mauthausen Memorial

For further information see:
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