Visit Linz: Austria’s Baroque capital | Private jet charter
Austria’s third largest city – and a former European Capital of Culture – Linz is ideally located between Vienna and Salzburg. It’s Altstadt Baroque architecture makes a visit to Linz a must, as well as its famous Linzer Torte, world-class museums and churches, and an eclectic arts program combining the modern and historic. The surrounding countryside provides a tranquil escape from the city.
Höhenrausch – a walk on the city rooftops
An extraordinary experience, the Höhenrausch circuit is an artistic walk among art spaces, attics, bridges, stairs and walkways high above Linz. The focus for 2018 is water with more than 40 artists’ work on show representing this most volatile of elements. This unmissable exhibition runs until October 24.
Lovers of stained glass will appreciate the Mariendom’s beautiful windows – especially the Linz and Emperor stained glass. The Mariendom is the largest church in Austria and can hold a staggering 20,000 people in its majestic interior. Uniquely the cathedral rents out a room in its tower for visitors who wish to retreat yet join in silent prayer for the service just after midday.
Linz is well blessed with its markets: 10 food and farmers’ markets, a weekly flea market on Saturdays in the Hauptplatz and two popular Christmas markets. Once the epicentre of Linz Old Town’s market area, the former Markthalle now houses a supermarket, located in a charming Baroque-filled square.
Ars Electronica Center
With an impressive location on the north bank of the Danube, the iconic Ars Electronica Centre contains six floors of tech attractions, interactive exhibits, screenings, tours and workshops, with its focus firmly on the future. Head over the bridge at night to see the Center’s illuminations.
Linz Botanical Garden
Relax and recharge in the 43,000m² gardens located in the heart of Linz. The botanical gardens is home to more than 10,000 plant varieties as well as five massive greenhouses that house exotic plants and a special cacti collection – each in their own natural habitat. Cultural events are popular in the summer and there are also sculptures by Austrian artists.
For further panoramic views of Linz, head for Pöstlingberg on the left bank of the Danube. Either hike to the viewing platform at 539m or rest your legs and ascend via tram from Linz main square. In action for more than a century, the tram stops halfway up the mountain at the Zoological gardens.
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