Linz, the seat of the province of Upper Austria, is almost halfway between Salzburg and Vienna on the banks of the Danube. The nearest national park is Kalkalpen National Park, located south of the city. An unmissable destination if you are in the area. Baroque buildings, charming streets, modern museums and fresh air await everyone.

Linz is the third-most populous city after Vienna and Graz. It has long been called the "steel city" because of its steel industry, but in recent decades, locals have worked hard to make tourists aware of its culture.

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Let's not forget that the cake called Linzer also comes from here - so don’t forget to sample this local delicacy. And if you like it, bring some as a souvenir.

Map - Where is Linz located?

Linz is one o the most populous town in Austria. The city is located in the province of Upper Austria, roughly in the middle of the Linz Basin. The Pre-Alps begin south of the city, so it's part of the Alps. Its river is the Danube, which divides the city in two - but the southern part is much larger.

Not far from the city are Wels and Steyr, major cities in Upper Austria. The Czech border is less than an hour away, and the German Passau is 1.5 hours away.

  • Vienna distance: 180 km / 2 hours
  • Salzburg distance: 140 km / 1.5 hours
  • Munich distance: 240 km / 3 hours
Linz map - Vienna distance

Attractions

It is worth knowing about Linz that you can see mainly museums and churches in the city. There are very few natural attractions in the city. We find parks and a zoo, but if you want to hike, you must travel a bit.

Attraction map of Linz

In addition to the sights, it is worth paying for a cruise (Danube), during which you will have a fabulous experience.

Boat / Cruise map of Linz
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Tip: There is a tram in the city, so you can get to major attractions quickly.

Tram system of Linz

#1 Hauptplatz (Main Square)

Distance from the centre: 0 km

Linz's main square and city centre are almost the same. The Schlossmuseum is within walking distance of Hauptplatz, not far from the banks of the Danube. There is also a market in the square, with plenty of restaurants and hotels. Here, you will find a 17th-century memorial column in the middle.

  • Address: Hauptpl., 4020 Linz, Austria

#2 Cathedral

Distance from the centre: 0 km

Linz also has two cathedrals: the New Cathedral and the Old Cathedral. None is an avoidable attraction if you want to spend a day in the city centre near the main square. You should visit at least one of them or admire it from the outside.

  • The Old and New Cathedrals are also next to the main square, just 700 meters apart.
  • Old Cathedral: Alter Dom, Ignatiuskirche (Domgasse 3, 4020 Linz, Austria)
  • New Cathedral: Linzer Mariendom (HerrenstraĂźe 26, 4020 Linz, Austria)

#3 Schlossmuseum Linz

Distance from the centre: 450 m

You can learn more about the cultural history and nature of Upper Austria and the city at the Schlossmuseum Linz. There are several exhibition and demonstration rooms in the area of ​​10,000 m2.

  • Address: Schlossberg 1, 4020 Linz, Austria
  • Season: Jan - Dec, every day except Monday
  • Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00
Linz, Schloccmuseum

#4 Ars Electronica Center

Distance from the centre: 300 m

If you are standing in the main square, on the other side of the Danube, you have to walk barely 300 meters to admire the Ars Electronica Museum. The vast glass building is illuminated in parade colours in the evening. You can see modern, unusual exhibitions and presentations.

  • Address: Ars-Electronica-StraĂźe 1, 4040 Linz, Austria
  • Season: Jan - Dec (closed on Mondays)
  • Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 / 18:00 / 19:00
  • Admission: 12 - 9 euros

#5 Botanical Garden

Distance from the centre: 2 km

Nearly 10,000 different plants await visitors to the city’s vast botanical garden. Covering an area of ​​4.2 hectares, it contains 5 greenhouses in which almost every plant, flower and shrub is an exotic specimen.

Special exhibitions and programs are held here several times during the year. In the garden, we have a permanent sculpture exhibition where we can see the works of Austrian artists.

  • Address: RoseggerstraĂźe 20, 4020 Linz, Austria
  • Season: Jan - Dec, every day
  • Admission: 3 - 4 euros
  • Website

#6 Linz Zoo

Distance from the centre: 2.3 km

Kangaroos, zebras, roe deer, red pandas and many other species of animals await visitors to the Linz Zoo. It is a must-see program for children, just 2.3 km from the city centre.

Linz zoo map
  • Address: Windflachweg 1, 4040 Linz, Austria
  • Season: Jan - Dec, every day
  • Opening hours: 09:00 - 17:00 / 18:00
  • Admission: 7 - 5 euros

#7 Pöstlingberg & Grottenbahn

Distance from the centre: 4.6 km

The Pöstlingbergbahn (tram) leaves from Linz's main square, taking passengers to Pöstlingberg, where the Grottenbahn - the underground fairytale world - is located. An actual child-friendly program for families.

  • Address: Am Pöstlingberg 16, 4040 Linz, Austria
  • Season: Jan - Dec, every day
  • Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 / 18:00
Linz, Grottenbahn and Pöstlingberg Source: website

#8 Pleschinger See

Distance from the centre: 8 km

Pleschinger See is located north of Linz, only 16 km from the centre. In summer, the lake is most popular when the locals come here to swim. Of course, during the rest of the year, it’s also worth a visit here, a walk or a picnic by the lake.

Pleschingersee, Linz

#9 Motorikpark Ansfelden

Distance from the centre: 18 km

The outdoor exercise centre is just 18 km south of the city centre. The dexterity and movement tools in the park are designed to develop - and maintain motor reflexes. The path has been designed (by competent professionals) so that all ages can find tasks for their physique. There are about 100 free tools in the park.

Motorikpark Ansfelden | Source: Linzland
  • Address: Nettingsdorfer Str., 4053 Ansfelden, Austria
  • Admission: free
  • Season: Jan - Dec, 0-24 hours every day

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