Linz is Austria’s third largest city (after Vienna and Graz). About 205,000 inhabitants live here permanently, and the whole city covers an area of about 96 square kilometers. It lies on the Danube River, which you can not miss in any case when visiting this city due to its size. Throughout Europe, it is a very important transport hub, both motorway and rail. In addition, it is also the largest port in Austria.
In addition to regular flights to European capitals, the local airport also handles many charter flights.
But Linz is definitely worth a visit, not just as a waypoint. For example, the largest church in Austria is worth a visit. This breathtaking neo-Gothic sandstone building still has some unfinished details.
Transport to Linz
You can also easily get to Linz by long-distance bus. For example, Flixbus will take you here from many European cities without a transfer
The railway is in a similar position. T. Trains run basically several times a day. In addition, the main Linz railway station is located right in the city center, which is especially convenient for day trips. Travelling by train is understandably much more comfortable than a bus.
As in any major European city, urban transport works very well here. And especially if you don’t know much here, it can make it much easier for you to move around Linz.
The main pillar of public transport in this city is trams. Of course, this mode of transport is very friendly to the air right in the city and so wherever it is possible, they rely on them. But as elsewhere, trams need to be supplemented with buses and trolleybuses due to the need to run the tracks. In some parts of the city, it is not possible to lay the tracks for various reasons, or it would be disproportionately expensive.
Monuments in Linz
Pilgrimage church – Pöstlingberg Basilica – a very interesting church, which was built between 1738 and 1774, which is considered by the locals to be a real symbol of the city. This is also due to the fact that it is located on a hill above the city, at a height of 539 meters.
Mariendom – the new Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. This interesting neo-Gothic building is the largest in terms of capacity in the whole of Austria. It will attract not only admirers of beautiful colorful stained glass, but also a relatively modern looking altar.
Hauptplatz – the largest square on the Danube. You can see here a very nice town hall Alten Rathaus and especially the Holy Trinity Column from 1717.
Culture in Linz
Open Air Gallery Mural Harbor – a large outdoor gallery of artistic graffiti that attracts not only admirers of spraying. On the walls up to 50 meters high you can find more than a hundred of them.
Musiktheater – a modern building of musical theatre (opened in 2013), where musicals, as well as operas and dance performances are at home.
OÖ Kulturquartier – an interesting Upper Austrian cultural center, where, in addition to restaurants or cinemas, you can find almost continuously some of the exhibitions of modern art. You can find it at OK Platz 1, the current program can be found on the web.
Lentos Kunstmuseum – a well-known and frequently visited museum, which can be found in a very modern building right on the banks of the Danube. You can see modern and contemporary art, if you are interested in the works of Klimt or Kokoschka, you must not miss this visit. Promenade 1, the website then www.lentos.at . It is open every day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Thursdays only until 6 p.m. Admission for an adult is 8 Eur, children under seven years of age have admission completely free. With the Linz Card you have free admission.
Altstadt und Schlossmuseum – the famous castle museum, where all visitors will find beautiful exhibitions of cultural, natural and artistic history of the entire Upper Austria region. It lies right in the “old” city.
Ars Electronica Center – Museum of the Future, this is probably the most apt phrase characterizing this building. Interactive exhibition that focuses on the world of tomorrow. You can recognize the building at a glance and you can find it at Ars-Electronica-Straße 1. It is open every day except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The price of full admission is 11.5 Eur, students pay 9 Eur, children under 6 years of age have a visit for free.
Experiences in Linz:
Voestalpine Stahlwelt – a thematic experiential “world”, in this case with a clear steel theme. Except sunday, it is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults e 10 Euro, for children from six years of age then you pay 8 Euro. But you can also take advantage of discounted admission thanks to the Linz Card. Discounts are also available to organized groups.
Linz – Card
For tourists who want to enjoy the maximum of culture, entertainment and knowledge in the city, there is an interesting opportunity to save some money. The card has a version for adults and children, the children’s version can only be used for other adults.
Thanks to the card, you have free access to museums within the city and also the city transport Linz AG Linien is included in the price. Someone will surely enjoy the cultural bonus of 10 Euros.
A one-day card for an adult can be purchased for 16, a two-day card for 27 and a three-day card for 35 Euros. From this it is clear that you can save a lot when actively used. The children’s card is intended for children aged 6 – 14.99 years and prices are 9, 15 and 19 Eur (one-day, two-day or three-day version).
You can even buy the card online and save it in the mobile application, but if you do not have confidence in modern technologies and payment in advance then of course directly on the spot.