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Lying on both sides of the famous Danube (hence making it a busy Danube port), the city of Linz is Austria's third largest city. Not only is the city one of Austria's most important industrial centers (iron, VOEST steel, chemicals), it is also a city full of history, art, technological advances and many cultural gems. The city's roots stretch back to before the time of the Romans, whose records mention "Lentia" for the first time in AD 410. The name is of Celtic origin, and it is even claimed that the site was settled in Neolithic times.

Within the city, the attractive historic part of town has preserved its mostly Baroque appearance and Biedermeier façades, and as a result, it's a perfect place to just meander through the many side streets and the explore the huge Hauptplatz (main square) which is the largest enclosed square in Austria. Also great is just relaxing at one of the many cafés!

Outside the city center, you find many things to see as well. The area surrounding Linz has many historic sites, excellent trails for hiking and biking, and countless towns with cultural treasures of their own. As the capital of the Upper Austrian province, it serves as an administrative center. While an administrative center and industrious city may not sound like the ideal places to visit, Linz makes up for it greatly by being at the forefront of new art and new technology as well as preserving its historical wealth. It is truly a lovely city on the Danube and well worth a visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:New meets old in Linz and it's a pedestrian paradise!
  • Cons:The belching smoke stacks do detract from the city's beauty.
  • In a nutshell:Arguably one of Austria's most charming cities!
  • Last visit to Linz: May 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2008 at 8:20 AM

    Nice page on a lovely city.The whole of Austria is so amazingly beautiful.

  • antistar's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2005 at 4:53 PM

    Great tips! Much better than mine :).

  • morgenhund's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2005 at 3:57 PM

    I realised that currently only Linz has eluded me in terms of visits to the capitals of Austria's provinces - possibly Kishon saying "Linz is most famous for... being called Linz" has deterred me - I will have to make amends! Mike

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2005 at 11:53 PM

    in Linz beginnts.... (Oberösterreichisches Sprichwort) - great updates, Drew & 24 excellent tips already ! I agree about Mangolds, I liked it a lot before, maybe I was even there when E.was working there :-))

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2005 at 11:02 AM

    Drew, great page with fantastic photos...a pity that your visit of Mangold didn't meet your expectations...it is a funny story anyway. Keep up the good work ... :o)

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2005 at 10:31 PM

    I have great memories of this city. Good tips.


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