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The 20 Best Things to do in Linz, Austria

Kepler Salon Cultural Center

Linz is a famous city in upper Austria located between Vienna and Salzburg along the Danube River. The city is famous for its cultural activities, fine churches, and historical museums. German is the official language in the city, and it is considered a safe place to visit for tourists. If you plan to visit the city, here are the 20 best things to do in Linz, Austria.

Postlingberg Aussichtspunkt

20. Start your day by visiting Postlingberg Aussichtspunkt

You can kick start your day by visiting Linz's local mountain. A hike to Postlingberg will leave you with an unforgettable experience and beautiful memories. From the mountain top, you can view the city and see the majestic Danube River as it peacefully flows. There are numerous activities for the children and the entire family. Families can tour places like the viewing platform, the pilgrimage basilica, the Hartlauer photo gallery, and a zoo that will make you reminisce about fairy tales and dwarves.

Botanischer Garten

19. Relax at the Botanischer Garten

After a long hike at Postlingberg, head over to Botanischer Garten to breathe fresh air and relax. According to Planetware, the garden is a peaceful botanical garden located about 1.7 km southwest of the city center. There are 10,000 species of different plants like rhododendrons, native alpine plants, orchids, and tropical palms. The garden also hosts the most extensive cacti collection in Europe. The locals hold exhibitions and concerts in the garden throughout the year.

Grottenbahn Amusement Park

18. Take your kids to Grottenbahn Amusement Park

The amusement park is found at the top of Postlingberg. If you love cult kitsch, this is the place to visit. There are numerous activities for kids and every family. The park is open in summer, spring, and fall from 10 am to 6 pm. They charge five euros for adults and three euros for kids. Tourists visit the park for activities like boarding the dragon train.

Café Jindrak

17. Have a dessert at Café Jindrak

If you are a sweet tooth Café, Jindrak is the place to be. You can join hundreds of locals who visit this famous café for delicious cakes. The café was established in 1929, and it currently boasts nine-strong branches. Jindrak is known for its famous Linzer Torte, and it produces about 100,000 annually. According to Tripadvisor, the café set a Guinness world record in 1999 by baking the largest 650kg Torte.

Visit Martinskirche, the oldest church in Austria

16. Visit Martinskirche, the oldest church in Austria

If you want to travel hundreds of years into history, visit Martinskirche, one of the oldest churches in Austria, constructed in 799 AD. The ancient building is located on Roemerstrasse and is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm. The church is home to ancient paintings that date back to the 13th century. Some Roman inscriptions and kilns have been preserved to date.

Mariendom Cathedral Church

15. Attend an evening mass at Mariendom Cathedral Church

The cathedral is also known as Neuer Dom and is located in Herrenstrasse. It is open daily from 7 am to 7 pm, and 8 am to 7:15 pm on Sundays. The cathedrals have an iconic gothic giant design that makes them stand out. It was constructed in the 19th century by the famous architect Vinzenz Statz from Cologne Dom. According to Thecrazytourist, the building is 134m. The interior is decorated with an authentic curtain that is glass stained, depicting scenes of Linz's history.


14. Enjoy a sumptuous meal at Verdi Restaurant & Einkehr

After a long tiresome day, refresh yourself at Verdi Restaurant & Einkehr. The restaurant is located in Pachmayrstrasse and is known to serve high-quality and delicious food. You are allowed to make private reservations. They serve a wide range of cuisine from European, Central European, Austrian and Vegetarian. The restaurant has upgraded to a nice blend of modern and traditional décor. If you want to enjoy an upscale gourmet meal, visit this restaurant.

Immerse yourself in three- a dimensional universe at Ars Electronica Center

13. Immerse yourself in three- a dimensional universe at Ars Electronica Center

If you want to discover, research, investigate and explore, this is the place to be. The Ars Electronica Center (AEC) offers you technology and visionary media arts within the city of Linz. AEC is the center of gravity in Linz, and it is famous for its annual festivals held in September and the celebrated Prix Ars Electronica. AEC is a striking building located directly beside Danube houses with impressive technology and art exhibitions. Here you can have a virtual experience and enjoy artificial intelligence at its best, watch training on self-driving cars, see programmed robots and you can also use gene scissors to process your DNA.

Musiktheater Linz

12. Explore the Musiktheater Linz at the Volksgarten

It is one of the modern Houses in Austria and Europe. The building is a product of the famous London architect Terry Pawson and had an opening ceremony on 11th April 2013. Over time, the building has gained stature and is a cultural highlight in the UNESCO City of Media Arts by the peaceful Danube River. Musiktheater Linz is located at the edge of Landstrasse, and it offers visitors a pleasing ambiance and a wonderful time as they enjoy ballet, musicals, operas, and operettas. There are various programs that you can enjoy which are staged with the latest technology.

Lentos Art

11. Travel back in history at Lentos Art Museum

Lentos Art Museum is located directly by the Danube River in Linz. The museum is famous for its stunning architectural designs that give the city distinct images. It has transparent modern glass that lights up the city in numerous colors at night. A striking picture frame in the building gives a fantastic view of the excellent Urfahr District and Postlingberg. The museum hosts contemporary arts from the 19th century. There are special exhibitions that give an insight into the different periods and themes of art that have been in existence. Please don't leave your kids behind because there are special programs for kids that allow them to play and discover Lentos.

Main Square and City Center for Shopping

10. Head over to Main Square and City Center for Shopping

The city center in Linz is famous for shopping and exploring different culinary. It is the most visited shopping center in Austria. You can go window shopping and select various brands according to your taste. Several shops have famous brands and designs like Gucci, Dior, and versace. The shopping center is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The main square is the gravitational center of Linz. It is an area of 13,200 meters square and is considered the largest enclosed area in Austria. The main square has a long history that dates back to 1723, when it was completed and constructed with white marble.

Voestalpine Stahlwelt

9. Go to Voestalpine Stahlwelt for a unique adventure

Voestalpine Stahlwelt is Austria's most extensive industrial area, which allows you to discover and explore the latest technology in steel production. Tourists can watch the whole process of Linz steel production up to the finished product. The construction of the industrial site is also spectacular. It has a giant crucible design that resembles what is used in steel production. Big chrome balls hang from the ceiling, making the area beautiful because it is an eye-catcher. You can also tour the Werkstour plant and experience first-hand steel production. It is easy to access the plant premises because public buses transport visitors to the place.

Visit the Historical Center of Linz at the Schloss Museum and the Old Town

8. Visit the Historical Center of Linz at the Schloss Museum and the Old Town

Linz Schloss is a historic old town near the Danube River. The castle of Linzer Schloss is a landmark in Linz. It is a tall historic building with modern architecture that covers 18,000 meters square. The museum gives tourists a chance to delve into the culture and history and explore nature and technology in upper Austria. It is the largest museum in Austria, making it a perfect destination for the whole family to enjoy and explore. There are striking and exciting facades in the historical building.

Take a Tour at St. Florian Augustinian Abbey

7. Take a Tour at St. Florian Augustinian Abbey

Florian Augustinian Abbey is an ancient building that dates back to 800 AD. The building is named after a Roman Christian martyr killed in 304 AD. It is located 20 minutes South of Linz town. The building is officially known as The Monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine’s order at St. Florian. The church renovated the present structure in 1686 and 1751, and it remains a significant theological center for the celebrated ‘boys choir.’ You will have the time of your life if you plan your visit and it coincides with one of their annual concerts.

OK Linz Exhibition House and Laboratory

6. OK Linz Exhibition House and Laboratory

For contemporary arts and modern trends, visit the OK Linz. It is an exhibition center that brings reality media art combined with an investigation of socio-political topics. The center is also known for hosting festivals and international art events like Next Comic and Crossing Europe Film Festival. OK Linz is famous for its many years of experience in art production with an emphasis on artistic works and installation. Tourists who visit the exhibition center will experience various programs, symposiums, and group and solo projects specially designed for them.

Head over to Mural Harbor for an open-air gallery

5. Head over to Mural Harbor for an open-air gallery

The city of Linz is known for its vast containers, warehouses, railways, and cranes. The inhabitants and workers of Linz decided to renovate the buildings. They came up with a project that has gained popularity and become the most extensive articulate graffiti gallery in Austria and Europe. There are about two hundred graffiti galleries in Mural harbor. Every year they add more galleries that feature national and international artists like Roa, Aryz, Nychos, and Lors. There are professional guides who know about the artwork and galleries.

Relax at Donaupark

4. Relax at Donaupark

If you want to relax and enjoy some vitamin D, visit the Southern bank of the Danube. The park has numerous exciting activities, like relaxing in the memorial garden and the modern sculptures that tower above the bushes. The park is family-friendly because it has a children's playground with adventure walks and treasure hunts, skaters, joggers, and magnet walkers where kids can have fun. The park is open 24 hours so that visitors can check in anytime.

Landesgalerie Art

3. Visit the Landesgalerie Art Gallery in Linz

If you love art and artistic displays, visit the Landesgalerie Art Gallery. It is one of the art centers that has significantly contributed to cultural development in Linz City. The art center promotes the artistic work of local artists. There is also a hub developed for talented students to showcase their skills. You also can purchase elegant art pieces made by indigenous artists. The art center also offers various events where family members can tour and enjoy the displayed arts and crafts. If you are an art lover, there are beginner classes for visitors which you will enjoy.

Kepler Salon Cultural Center

2. Kepler Salon Cultural Center

Johannes Kepler was a celebrated mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer that lived in Linz. He is known for inventing the Rudolphine tables. The house he lived in was converted into a cultural center that opened to the public daily. It is known as Kepler Salon, and it hosts science and mathematics events. The Planet Fountain was constructed in memory of Kepler, a science and mathematics genius.

Zahnmuseum Linz

1. Round up your visit by heading to Zahnmuseum

Located in Hauptplatz, Zahnmuseum is a historical museum in Linz. According to Lonelyplanet, it is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Zahnmuseum is a unique museum because it's one of the few dentistry museums. If you are terrified of a dentist visit, this might not be the place to visit. There are dentistry artifacts on display, some of which date back to three hundred years, and chairs and appliances used in the 18th century for x-rays and tooth extraction.

Liz Flynn

Written by Liz Flynn

Liz Flynn has worked as a full-time writer since 2010 after leaving a career in education. She finds almost all topics she writes about interesting, but her favorite subjects are travel and food. Liz loves the process of researching information, learning new things, and putting into words what others who share her interests might like to read. Although she spends most of her time writing, she also enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching films, cooking, dining out, reading, motorsports, gaming, and walking along the beach next to her house with her dog.

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