Linz, capital of Upper Austria was european capital of culture in 2009. The city is a symbiosis of culture, nature and economy. For visitors it wants to open up minds, give overview and provide a special well-beeing atmosphere....

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SAY LINZ, SAY CHANGE (Linz.Verändert,)

Linz, the European Capital of Culture 2009 is situated directly on the Danube. The main square is only a view steps away from the river-banks and the danube cycle path passes the city centre, as well as the danube hiking-trail “Donausteig”.
The river Danube always played a very important role in Linz’ history: From the romans, who initiated Linz’s name, coming from LENTOS (=for “the river-bending”), over the travel-route of kings and emperors throughout the centuries, the trading coming along the river making Linz an important market-place, as well as the cultural connection it caused for the whole region and Europe. An still, the Danube riverbanks are the places where music is performed, where people enjoy themselves, where ships bring in guests and it symbolizes the connection to Europe.

Linz is flowing like the river Danube itself – a sense for contemporary art, successful economy, prospering nature and a special spirit that covers the whole city, that is dominated by future and innovation. That’s what differentiates Linz from the imperial Austrian cities. But nevertheless it stayed a place to be, a place to enjoy beautiful landscape, to find a relaxed lifestyle, to try culinary art and hospitality – to be surprised! So don’t forget to try the LINZER TORTE, where it tastes the best. It is the oldest cake in the world, after a recipe that counts over 360 years.                                            
2014 the Danube will play a special role in Linz. It will be the special topic for the whole year, dominating cultural program and sightseeing – Events and concerts at the river-banks, nature-exhibitions in museums and nature protected areas, artist from the danube area shown in galleries. Discover the charms of Linz!

Top 10 Linz-Attractions
• Linzer Torte.
The sweet ambassador. The first recipe originated in 1653, making it the oldest cake recipe in the world.
• Linz Castle Museum / Historic center.
The largest universal museum in Austria accommodates permanent exhibitions of nature and technology, current special exhibitions.
• St. Mary's Cathedral.
The largest church in Austria. The neo-Gothic church impresses with its tower, which is only a few feet lower than the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
• Musiktheater.
Europe’s latest music theatre opens in April. Experience musical masterpieces in breathtaking ambiance.
• Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.
The museum of contemporary art. The most impressive, natural light equipped showroom in Austria with one of the best art collections in the Republic.
• voestalpine Stahlwelt.
Interactive, multimedia experience based on the world steel. A walk-in work of art, a place of encounter where technology and people meet.
• Main square and Landstraße.
The largest urban square in Europe is a perfect starting point for a stroll along the Landstraße, one of the most important shopping promenades in Austria.
• Ars Electronica Center.
The interactive experience. Exciting exhibitions of digital art and technology are at home here in the building with its brightly lit animated façade.
• Pöstlingberg.
One of the landmarks of the city. The distinctive Wallfahrtsbasilika stands picturesquely above Linz, easily accessible via the steepest mountain railway on the continent.
• Botanical Garden.
This is one of the most beautiful in Europe. 10,000 different plant species can be seen on 4.2 ha. A unique collection of cacti and a remarkable collection of orchids, in all their splendour, are displayed in five greenhouses.
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For questions please contact our City Tourist Board
Hauptplatz 1, A-4020 Linz
phone: +43 732 7070 2009
fax: +43 732 7070 54 2009

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