Friday, August 23, 2013

Spending Quality Time in Linz






The majority of tourists looking to enjoy a city-break in Austria will head to the nation’s capital and largest city, Vienna. Perhaps the next choice would be Salzburg, due to its links with the classic film ‘The Sound of Music’ and being the birthplace of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Although both cities undeniably have a great deal to offer, why not broaden your horizons and spend some time in Austria’s third largest city, Linz.

Located to the north-east of Austria, close to its border with the Czech Republic, Linz is well worth discovering. The city’s most obvious tourist attractions are its imposing castle and the Postlinberg-Kirche, an impressive pilgrimage church strategically located high on a hilltop, with commanding views over the city and beyond. The main shopping streets of Landstrasse and Blumauerplatz will provide the ideal opportunities for a spot of retail therapy; whilst a locally crafted souvenir may be picked up in the Taubenmarkt, which translates as Pigeon Market! 

Although generally associated with Vienna, the mighty Danube also flows through Linz. I would highly recommend a pleasure boat cruise, taking in all the sights and attractions of Linz from such a unique vantage point.

Linz is home to a lively and vibrant music scene, which is reflected in its annual Ars Electronica and Linz Festfestivals. Culture-vultures will also be pleased to discover that the city boasts a thriving arts scene. The majority of its numerous galleries and institutions, including the impressive Lentos Art Museum, are to be found along the Donaulande, often locally referred to as Kulturmeile, or the ‘culture mile’. 

So, if I’ve whetted your appetite for a city-break to Linz, feel free to check-out this website address: http://www.linz.at/english/tourism/kec where all the information and advice you will ever need on planning your trip to this interesting city can be found.