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    Linz – a brief overview

    When the northern Austrian settlement of Linz was named European Capital of Culture of 2009, it threw fresh attention onto an enjoyable baroque city spread across the banks of the Danube. Its outskirts are home to some less-than-beautiful industrial areas, which is perhaps why its charms stayed under the radar for so long, but Linz as a whole is today a dynamic, creative destination, and the town centre has a handful of quality historical attractions.

    And as the third largest city in Austria (home to almost 200,000 people), it packs in enough energy and variety to make a visit here an engaging one.

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    Lentos Art Museum

    Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
    4020 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 7070 3600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800
    Thu 1000-2100

    Home to an excellent array of modern and contemporary art, this is one of the city’s shining cultural lights.

    Pöstlingbergbahn

    Hauptplatz
    4020 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 7070 2009
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0600-2230 (Apr-Oct)
    Sun 0730-2200 (Apr-Oct)
    Mon-Sat 0600-2030 (Nov-Mar)
    Sun 0730-2200 (Nov-Mar)

    The historic tram running from the main city square up to the green hill of Pöstlingberg gives visitors not only a scenic ride, but also the chance to explore one of the most relaxed parts of the city.

    Ars Electronica Center

    Ars-Electronica-Strasse 1
    4040 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 72720
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 0900-1700
    Thu 0900-2100
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    A forward-thinking science discovery centre, overcoming an unfortunate name to stand as one of the city’s most modern, and most enjoyable, museums.

    Botanical Garden

    Roseggerstrasse 20
    4020 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 7070 1860
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1700 (Nov-Feb)
    Daily 0800-1800 (Mar and Oct)
    Daily 0800-1900 (Apr and Sep)
    Daily 0730-1930 (May-Aug)

    Covering some 43,000 sq m, the city’s well-reputed botanical garden plays home to more than 10,000 different plant types. It’s particularly famed for its cacti collection.

    Castle Museum Linz

    Schlossberg 1
    4010 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 774 4190
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 0900-1800
    Thu 0900-2100
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    Containing a strong collection of cultural treasures from Upper Austria, the city castle now has a huge glass-and-steel wing, created to tie in with Linz’s stint as European Capital of Culture.

    Biologie Zentrum

    Johann-Wilhelm-Klein-Strasse 73
    4040 Linz-Dornach
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 7720 52100
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1700
    Sun 1000-1700

    Focused on botany and zoology, the biology centre has regular exhibitions and holds real appeal for those with an academic interest in the field. It’s located near to the Johannes Kepler University.

    The River Danube

    Untere Donaulände 1
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    The river isn’t a tourist sight in the traditional sense, but it’s very much part of the visitor appeal – a cruise along the Danube is an enjoyable way of taking in the city and harbour, or sailing further downstream.

    Landesgalerie

    Museumsstraße 14
    4010 Linz
    Austria
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri 0900-1800
    Thu 0900-2100
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    This provincial gallery has an impressive display of art, including the world’s largest collection of works by the haunting Austrian printmaker and illustrator Alfred Kubin.

    Nordico Stadtmuseum

    Dametzstrasse 23
    4020 Linz
    Austria
    Tel: +43 732 7070 1912
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800
    Thu 1000-2100

    The civic museum occupies what was once a monastery house, and alongside its permanent displays it hosts various exhibitions on the history of Linz and the wider region.

    Museum of the History of Dentistry in Upper Austria

    Altes Rathaus
    Hauptplatz 1
    4020 Linz
    Austria

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    Opening times:
    Mon-Wed 0900-1300
    Thu-Fri 0900-1300 and 1400-1700

    A museum to really get your teeth into, tracing developments in dentistry over the centuries. It’s free to enter and displays some early drills alongside more modern equipment.

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    Country overview

    Austrias landscape is of a beautiful and great diversity. As a travellor, you will find the majestic Alps as well as the green valleys of the Danube. Austria is known for it’s historic architecture, impressive museums and galeries but also for it’s high class ski regions. Mozart, Schubert and the inventor oft he psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud,

    were born here and are some of it’s most famous and influential sons. When it comes to architecture, the buildings oft he Habsburgers are especially valuable. This dynasty dominated central europe for seven centuries and left a great heritage which includes for example the opera house in Vienna.

    Geography

    Mountainous Austria is a landlocked country at the heart of Europe, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. The diverse landscape can be divided into five sections: the Eastern Alps (62.8%), the Alpine and Carpathian Foothills (11.3%), the Pannonian Lowlands (11.3%), the Vienna Basin (4.4%) and the Granite and Gneiss Highlands or Bohemian Massif (10.1%). Austria’s highest mountain is Grossglockner (3,798m/12,465ft) found in the Alps’ Hohe Tauern range, and, on its way from the Black Forest in southern Germany to the Black Sea, the winding River Danube flows for approximately 360km (220 miles) through the country.

    Nearly half of Austria is covered with forests, with the lower regions particularly densely wooded. Fir predominates above 488m (1,600ft), and gives way to larch and stone-pine beyond 1,219m (4,000ft); the Alpine foothills consist predominantly of arable land and grassland (above 610m/2,000ft); the Pannonian region is characterised by scrub and heathland.

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    Key facts

    Population: 8430000

    Population Density (per sq km): 100

    Capital: Vienna (Wien).

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects are pronounced and within the different regions of the country one will encounter marked variations from Hochdeutsch, ie ‘standard’ German. There are Croatian and Slovene-speaking minorities in the Burgenland and southern Carinthia respectively.

    Currency

    Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Monday: 27. March 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Ascension Day: 5. May 2016
    Whit Monday: 16. May 2016
    Corpus Christi: 26. May 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    National Day: 26. October 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25. May 2017
    Whit Monday: 5. June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    National Day: 26. October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Linz

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    One of the ongoing legacies of Linz’s year as European Capital of Culture has been the emergence of some top-notch arts venues, which are well complemented by a lively range of bars and clubs.

    Musiktheater

    Am Volksgarten 1
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Open only since 2013, this boldly designed opera house has become Linz’s premier stage for opera, ballet, theatre and more.

    Thüsen Tak

    Waltherstrasse 21
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    A self-titled ‘rock pub’ that’s been going strong since 1980. Frank Zappa is among the pub’s past clientele.

    Tabakfabrik

    Peter-Behrens-Platz 15
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    An arts space in a former tobacco factory, offering screenings, exhibitions and other diversions.

    Empire

    Industriezeile 47
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    A fashionable nightclub with regular themed events and occasional big-name DJs.

    Paul’s Küche Bar Greisslerei

    Herrenstrasse 36
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    A stylish hotel bar and restaurant overlooking the city cathedral, serving its own specially bottled craft ale and 20 to 30 beers from around the world.

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    Restaurants in Linz

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    The best-known local delicacy is Linzer Torte, a cake made using almonds and redcurrant jam, and the city as a whole offers dining options ranging from hearty Mitteleuropa fare to cosmopolitan fine dining.

    Verdi Restaurant & Einkehr

    Pachmayrstrasse 137
    4040 Linz
    Austria
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    Price: Expensive

    Head here for fine Austrian cuisine cooked and presented to excellent effect.

    Non Solo Vino

    Bischofstrasse 15
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    A great Italian restaurant with a courtyard and a strong menu.

    Royal Bombay Palace

    Goethestrasse 34
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    A popular curry house serving up Indian food to hungry locals.

    Exxtrablatt

    Spittelwiese 6
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    A relaxed spot to grab a good burger and a beer.

    Brandl Linz

    Landstrasse 48
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Price: Cheap

    Austrians love their bread, and this bakery shows exactly why – a prime choice for lunch on the go.

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    Calendar of events

    NEXTCOMIC Festival

    10 – 20 March 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    A celebration of Austrian comics and cartoons, this festival first took place during Linz’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2009, and has been hugely successful ever since. Comic readings, 24-hour drawing sessions, workshops, talks and exhibitions run alongside a comic market and book signings.

    Urfahranermarkt

    30 April – 8 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Urfahrmarkt.

    Around half a million visitors throng to this twice-yearly funfair for a dose of adrenaline. On the go for nearly 200 years, the fair takes place each spring and autumn and is crammed with high-velocity rides, live entertainment and food stalls dishing up bratwurst, roast chicken and plenty of beer.

    LinzFest

    14 – 16 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Donaupark.

    Crowds pack Donaupark on the Danube riverside for this three-day open-air cultural festival. Bands, DJs and dance acts hit the stage, young visitors go wild on the kiddie rodeo, and there’s a night walk through the city’s pubs and clubs if you want to party hard.

    Pflasterspektakel – International Street Art Festival

    21 – 23 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: City centre streets.

    Expect to hear laughter, gasps and shrieking throughout the city centre during this three-day street performance festival. Linz becomes a giant open-air stage as around 100 artists and groups from over 40 countries entertain crowds with aerial acrobatics, fire juggling, clowning and comedy.

    Brucknerfest Linz

    13 August – 5 October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Fans of Austrian composer Bruckner are in for a treat at this festival dedicated to his work. Orchestras, choirs, chamber groups and soloists from around the globe perform a thrilling programme of concerts. The music isn’t limited to Bruckner either – audiences can expect to hear works by many different composers.

    Ars Electronica Festival

    8 – 12 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Running since 1979, this festival takes a new theme each year (for example ‘what it takes to change’) and explores all manner of ideas related to that theme with the help of leading scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers. The result is an eclectic programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and hands-on workshops.

    Cloud of Sound (Klangwolke)

    10 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Donaupark.

    A magical mix of light and laser shows, music and fireworks enchant riverside audiences over three evenings in September. The event kicks off with the Visual Cloud of Sound, continues with a special children’s evening, and culminates in an outdoor screening of a live concert performed by the Bruckner Orchestra.

    Long Night of the Stages (Lange Nacht der Bühnen)

    5 November 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Around 30 theatres and cultural venues open their doors for this theatrical extravaganza encompassing nearly 200 events. Cabaret, musical theatre, children’s puppet shows and avant-garde drama are all on the menu in traditional theatres as well as libraries, gardens and museums.

    Christmas Markets

    21 November – 24 December 2016
    Website

    Venue: Hauptplatz and Volksgarten

    Linz visitors are lucky enough to have the choice of two Christmas markets: one in the main square (Hauptplatz) and the other in the folk garden (Volksgarten). Twinkling lights and stalls overflowing with handcrafted gifts entice shoppers, with mulled wine (blueberries optional) and sugared doughnuts on hand for warming up.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Linz

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    As the capital of the Upper Austria Region, Linz draws a fair number of both business and leisure travellers, giving it a good stock of comfortable city hotels.

    Spitz Hotel

    Fiedlerstrasse 6
    4040 Linz
    Austria
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    Category: Expensive

    Considered by many as the funkiest address in town, with art and design playing a lead role.

    Park Inn by Radisson Linz

    Hessenplatz 16-18
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    Giving good access to both the airport and the Old Town, this is a modern 175-room property with a stylish design.

    Hotel Kolping

    Gesellenhausstrasse 5
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    A solid 3-star option, with well-appointed rooms and suites and a central location.

    Austria Trend Hotel Schillerpark

    Schillerplatz
    4020 Linz
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    Totally renovated in 2013, this 4-star hotel is a popular choice with business travellers.

    Cohotel

    Gewerbeallee 15
    4221 Steyregg
    Austria
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    Category: Cheap

    A well-priced stay located around 15 minutes’ drive from the city.

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    Climate & best time to visit Austria

    The best time to visit Austria is June to September for those seeking sunshine and low rainfull, whilst November to March are ideal for those seeking winter sports.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +43

    Telephone

    Call boxes are grey and found in all areas. International calls can be made from payphones with four coin slots.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Available throughout Austria. There are many Internet cafes.

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    Shopping in Linz

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    Key Areas

    No doubting the top spot here. Linzer Landstrasse is one of the best-known shopping streets in the country, with stores ranging from the small and independent to the big and brand-heavy. The streets leading off the main drag hold much to entice bargain hunters too.

    Markets

    Every Tuesday and Friday morning, the city square fills up for a fresh produce market, while the same location welcomes a flea market every Saturday from March to November – it moves to the square in front of the New City Hall for the rest of the year.

    Shopping Centres

    The strikingly modern facade of Lentia City (Hauptstrasse 54) plays home to more than 60 stores, selling everything from fashion clothing to the latest technology. There’s plenty of parking too. Another good option is Passage Linz (Landstrasse 17-25), which has more than 30 different outlets.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Austrians tend to be quite formal in both their social and business dealings. They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is customary when saying hello and goodbye. It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag (good day) or, more usually,

    Grüss Gott (common greeting which literally means ‘greet God’); similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) can cause offence. If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hostess. The Church enjoys a high and respected position in Austrian society, which should be kept in mind.

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    Health

    Ticks often live in heavily forested areas during the summer months in some of the more easterly parts of Austria and can create discomfort and, in very rare cases, serious infection to people who are bitten. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic and travellers likely to find themselves in wooded areas from spring to autumn should take a course of injections. Rabies is present in Austria, although there have been no incidents reported in recent years. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten seek medical advice without delay.

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    Visa & Immigration

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