The capital of Upper Austria is located 30 km (19 miles) from the Czech border on the river Danube – the main tourism and transport connection.
The city of Linz was founded by the Romans (who called it Lentia) and served as a main trading port connecting several important routs. During a short period of time in the XV century this city was considered to be the most important in the whole Roman Empire, mainly because the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years there. Other famous inhabitant of Linz was Johannes Kepler as well as Anton Bruckner, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Adolf Hitler.
Today, the “European Capital of Culture” is a great place to visit, a magical place for creating memories that will stay with you forever. The Mariendom Linz is the biggest cathedral in Austria and quite a landmark. It was build in the first third of the 20-th century in Neo Gothic style, designed by the Cologne cathedral builder Vinzenz Statz. The cathedral tower stands out in front with its impressive 134 meters (the height was limited because it was not permitted to surpass St. Stephen in Vienna). Mariendom was opened to the general public in 1926 and it can accommodate 20.000 worshipers.
The town square or Hauptplatz is one the biggest in Europe measuring 13.140 m². It has a special appeal surrounded with baroque architecture that draws million of tourist. Here you can find the famous Baroque Trinity / Plague Column dedicated to all who lost their lives by this dreadful disease.
The Church of St Martin is one of the oldest in Austria (some parts date from the VIII century with exposed Roman inscriptions) and certainly worth a visit. Here you can find the famous copy of the “Volto santo” painting.
Linz Castle (Linzer Schloss) was built back in 799 during the reign of Charlemagne. Today its Austria’s largest universal museum where visitors can see various exhibitions from Gothic art and paintings to collection of arms and armors as well as different objects from the popular culture of Upper Austria.
The Mozart`s House is a three-storey high Renaissance house where in 1873 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart resided as a guest of the Count of Thun. It was here that Mozart composed one of his best works the “Linz Symphony”. Another famous resident of this house is the designer of the Pöstlingbergbahn (the world steepest mountain railway), Josef Urbanski.
Another great attraction in Linz is the most important museum of modern art in all of Austria – the Lentos Art Museum. It owns over 1.500 works from different areas of painting and object art, over 10.000 works on paper and more than 850 photographs.
At the end let’s not forget about the delicious Linzer Torte ( Linzer cake) – a holiday classic in Austria, German, Swiss and Tirolean traditions. It said to be the oldest cake in the world.
Linz definitely promises an unforgettable experience with its capturing blend of cultural pursuits and many sightseeing attractions. Just writing about it I can picture myself strolling around in the lovely old town quarter and soaking up the atmosphere of the Baroque downtown square…