Want to go on holiday but can't choose between the mountains and the water? Well, Austria has the answer. The city of Linz awaits tourists, offering both the beauty of mountain scenery and the splendour of the Danube. Here you will find unique scenery, culture, but also the combination of tradition and modernity.
You can get around the city by public transport, which is very well structured and a ticket costs €2.3. Here (https://ontheworldmap.com/austria/city/linz/linz-public-transport-map.html) is the map you can use to guide you between sights. Other options are by taxi (at €1.2/km) or you can hire your own car (here the prices are higher, around €100 for a day).
To benefit from the most advantageous offers you should consider buying a tourist card (https://www.linztourismus.at/en/leisure/plan-a-trip/city-cards/linzcard/ ). For €35 you will get free entry to a long list of attractions, free public transport and discounts on organised tours and activities on all 3 days.
For accommodation you will pay from €60 per night for a double room in a good area, and depending on your expectations, for higher prices you can also find 3 or 4 star hotels.
Some of our recommendations are:
- Hotel "Wilder Mann" is centrally located, making it easy to reach the sights, and remains an affordable option, with 2-person rooms starting from €65.
- Hotel Schillerpark is rated 4 stars, which is also reflected in the price as a 2-person room starts at €100. It offers luxurious facilities such as a sauna, gym, private garage, casino, restaurant and convenient location.
- apartments in Linz are another interesting option, especially if you want to feel "at home" or travel in larger groups. Most can be found on Airbnb, and this one deserves special attention: https://www.airbnb.com.ro/rooms/656600336340835413which can be rented for just €120 per night, and offers guests a high degree of comfort.
If you want to make the most of your time here, it's best to leave with a well-established plan of what you want to see. To do this, we have prepared a itinerary for your city break, which you can follow.
- Linz Castle
- Ars Electronica Centre
- New Cathedral
It's best to time your flight so that you arrive early in the day in the city, to leave time to visit a few sights.
Linz Castle (Schlossmuseum Linz) may be the perfect place to start your exploration, a medieval fortress that hides both historical and artistic highlights, with collections of artefacts from various periods and modern exhibitions. Plus, it's on the banks of the Danube, so you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the water. A ticket costs €6.50 (free with a tourist card), and access is open from 10am-6pm every day except Mondays.
Ars Electronica Centre
And while you're on the banks of the Danube, don't miss the iconic Ars Electronica Centre (Museum of the Future), where you'll have the chance to learn more about technology, and see exhibits that look like something out of a movie set in the future: robots, 8K screens, even a virtual ping-pong game. Admission is €11.50 (free with a tourist card, however), and opening hours are 10am-5pm, closed Mondays. In the evening you can admire an amazing light show here.
You can then take a stroll through the historic city centre, and about 15-20 minutes' walk away is New Cathedralwhere you really have to stop. It stands out for its detailed and intricately detailed Negotic-style exterior, and inside you can admire the columns, spires and stained glass windows, including the Linz Window, which showcases the city's history. It is open daily from 8am-7pm.
- Pöstlingberg Hill
- Aussichts Platform
- Pöstlingberg Church
- Mauthausen Memorial
This can be the day to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, so you can't miss a hike up the hill Pöstlingbergon the outskirts of the city. You can get here by bus 50, which leaves the city centre every 20 minutes.
For starters you can enjoy the view of the area from the suspended platform Aussichtsand a little further up the hill, right on top of the hill, is the church Pöstlingberg. There is also a very attractive zoo nearby.
The most interesting place remains Grottenbahn, the land of fairies, dwarves and fairy-tale dragons, a destination adored by children and adults alike. Admission to the amusement park costs €5.90 (or €4.70 with a tourist card), and is open daily from 10am-6pm.
Depending on the time you finish exploring the hill, you can set aside the other half of the day for a visit to Mauthausen Memorial. Although outside the city, you should not leave Linz without visiting the former Nazi concentration camp, a place that will anchor you in the tragedy of the 20th century. The museum succeeds in drawing attention to the unaltered dramatic details, and is internationally recognized. You can get here by bus 361 from Linz, or by taxi, the distance is 20 km, and the museum is open from 9am-5.30pm daily.
You will return to the city in the evening, and in the remaining hours we advise you to enjoy the nightlife of the city, exploring the beautiful bars and streets.
- Boat ride on the Danube
- Botanical Garden
Although this is the day you'll be leaving, you can't leave town without enjoying a boat ride on the Danube, to better admire the city and enjoy the scenery, peace and relaxation.
If you still have time, you can include a visit to Botanical Garden in Linz, considered to be among the most beautiful in Europe. It is home to over 10,000 different plant species, some even grouped thematically (as in the Japanese Garden), and the price of admission is insignificant, just €3.70 (reduced to €2.70 with the tourist card). It's open from 9am-7pm.
What to eat in Linz?
Austrian cuisine is often confused with German cuisine, but even though some of the things on the menus will sound familiar, we advise you to try them! You can try an Viennese schnitzel, perhaps accompanied by a side of potatoes, or Tafelspitz, a traditional dish with boiled beef and vegetables. The town even has its own cake recipe: Linzer torte (The world's oldest even), which contains nuts and cinnamon, so don't miss your chance to try it while you're here.
For a short guide to places worth visiting, we recommend Die Börserie, a restaurant with Austrian flair, and affordable prices, between 10-30€, and delicious food. PAULS Steak&Veggi is a bar and restaurant in the city centre with a perfect atmosphere for young people. The menu includes options for vegans, vegetarians, or gluten-free eaters, so it's suitable for anyone, and prices are moderate.
So Linz is a must-visit city, a place that amazes by the contrast of the elements it perfectly combines (history and modernity, nature and technology, mountain and water), making it a perfect place for everyone! A city break here guarantees a few days of peace and quiet, in which to discover many interesting and even unique places!
In case you are thinking about a possible holiday in Linz, we will leave you a list of links to help you with the organisation of your trip: