Linz Austria Tourist attractions

Linz Travel Guide

Linz is scenically situated in the north centre of Austria, on both sides of the river Danube, approximately 18.64 miles south of the Czech border and just 116.19 miles from Vienna. Linz has the largest port on the Danube and has three major bridges that connect it to the left bank of the river, the suburb of Urfahr.

Linz history dates back to the 1st century A.D. It was the site of a Roman castle and settlement. Largely due to its ideal position on the river, the city had become a major economic hub by the Middle Ages and eventually became a major industrial and manufacturing centre.

Linz Tourist Attractions

Today, Linz is one of Austria's foremost cultural centers for tourists. Sharing a title with Vilnius, Linz was the European Capital of Culture in 2009. The city's music history is so rich that Beethoven actually composed his Eight Symphony in Linz, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Symphony No. 36 and dedicated it to his glorious Linz. The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene with classical music being the standout favourite.

On of the most impressive and most prestigious theaters in Linz is the historic Landes Theatre. Since 1670, this theatre has been home to the local opera company and has seen truly extraordinary performances over the years. The Untere Donaulände theatre is a more contemporary venue, although the majority of the performances are devoted to the works of Mozart and Beethoven. The Brucknerhaus is another important hall in Linz and is home to the Bruckner Orchestra.

The city also possesses a youthful energy. Many of the local youngsters like to meet and mingle in Donaulände - a park that lies alongside the river. Besides being a summer hangout, Donaulände is also the home of concerts and music festivals, including the Ars Electronica Festival.

Linz Nightlife

At night, Linz transforms into a thrilling night spot. Every type of music is represented in the plethora of clubs that are sprinkled throughout the city. The Casino Léger and the Linzer Casino are opened late into the night for those interested in hitting the slot machines or in trying their luck at the roulette wheel.

Although Linz is an extremely safe travel destination, we strongly encourage you to obtain travel insurance prior to your holiday. A comprehensive travel insurance policy will be invaluable if you have an accident or a medical emergency.