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The city guidebook for visitors to Linz – information, tips and addresses Discover exciting and enticing aspects of this European Capital of Culture. I

Status March 2013



Musik IN 2013 Listen to unfamiliar melodies

Music Open Air

at the banks of the river Danube

LINZ Tourismus


Contents P. 4 The Linz top ten P. 6 The Linz musical top 10 P. 8 The Linz top 10: architecture and technology P. 10 The Linz top 10: nature P. 12 forum metall: World-class art on the Danube P. 16 01 Museums and exhibitions P. 26 02 Stage performances P. 32 03 City sightseeing tour P. 34 04 Places of interest

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40 05 Pöstlingberg Adventure World 42 06 Nature 46 07 Shopping 48 08 Meeting places 54 09 Sport and recreation 58 Tips for trips 60 10 Services and transport 66 11 Disability accessible facilities 68 12 Historical paths 82 Linz at a glance

Key to signs These facilities are easily accessible for visitors with disabilities. Inspection reports available at: These attractions will particularly interest families with children. Fun and games guaranteed! Audio City: Hörstadt Linz – Beschallungsfrei Many public buildings, such as churches, banks, shops and hotels, have been designated free of bombardment with noise (no background music!) and are accordingly marked with this sign. These attractions harmonise particularly well with the 2013 theme of “music”. These attractions accept the Upper Austrian Family Card or other family cards, and offer especially reasonable admission prices. These attractions are included in the Linz Card, with free admission or a reduction. You’ll find more information about the Linz Card offers at:


Did you know that ... …the world’s oldest gateau comes from Linz? The Linzer Torte is regarded as world’s oldest known gateau. Its name was first documented in 1653 – though precisely who gave it that name or invented the recipe remains a mystery. The earliest known recipe comes from a cookbook over 350 years old. TIP for sweet-toothed nibblers: At various bakeries/confectioneries, you can turn your hand to making a Linzer Torte yourself (must be booked in advance).

…the ÖBB’s Taurus locomotive was built in Linz? The Taurus model constitutes the most important fleet of locomotives operated by Austrian Federal Railways. The last Taurus was built at the end of 2010 and is still being serviced in Linz today.

…Silhouette eyewear was invented in Linz? This Linz company is one of the world’s leading eyewear manufacturers and is setting revolutionary standards for the sector. Incidentally, NASA also places confidence in Silhouette’s expertise and competence – an impressive compliment for the hi-tech specs from Austria!

…the PEZ characters from Traun originate from Linz? In 1927, the Austrian Eduard Haas invented PEZ sweets. The name “PEZ” is taken from the first, middle and last letters of Pfefferminz (peppermint). In 1962, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were the first character heads to be put onto the PEZ dispensers.

… Kornspitz bread rolls first saw the light of day in Asten near Linz? The Kornspitz was developed by Backaldrin, Austria’s leading bakery product manufacturer, in 1984. “The original recipe has never been changed and the Kornspitz tastes just as it always has,” explains Peter Augendoppler, proprietor of Backaldrin and inventor of the Kornspitz. Today, consumers in 68 countries wouldn’t want to be without their Kornspitz and eat 4.5 million of them every day.

…HARIBO sweets are also produced in Linz? In 1989, HARIBO took over the Linz company PANULI. Today, fruit gums are produced for Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe at this production site. HARIBO SHOP LINZ – Industriezeile 68, 4020 Linz Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm, Sat 9 am–3 pm

…there’s a hermitage in the Mariendom? The tower of Linz’s Mariendom accommodates a hermit for several weeks each year. The recluses each spend a week of silence and asceticism high above Linz.


The Linz Top Ten

Linzer Torte



The sweet ambassador. The earliest recipe dates from the year 1653, making it the oldest gateau recipe in the world.

Schlossmuseum Linz & Old Town 2


The Old Town of Linz, with its shops and pubs, is a wonderful place to relax. The most eye-catching feature of the historical centre is Austria’s largest universal museum in the Linzer Schloss, which presents exhibitions on nature and technology and much more. The terrace offers an unforgettable view over the rooftops of Linz.

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Botanical Gardens


These are among the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Here, no less than 10,000 different species of plant can be admired on 4.2 hectares. A unique collection of cactuses and an orchid collection that is not to be missed unfold their splendour in five greenhouses.

Mariendom or New Cathedral



The largest church in Austria. This neo-Gothic work of art is all the more impressive due to its tower, which stands just a few metres lower than St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.

Pöstlingberg Adventure World

Ars Electronica Center


One of the emblems of the city. The striking Wallfahrtsbasilika, the pilgrimage basilica picturesquely enthroned above Linz, is easily reachable via Europe’s steepest mountain railway. Linz’s Zoo, the popular fairy-tale world of the Grottenbahn, as well as a magnificent view of Linz, await visitors to the mountain.


This museum of the future and technology with its interactive adventure world possesses a brilliantly luminescent inspirational façade, which is visible far and wide and houses exciting exhibitions on the integration of digital art and technology into our everyday lives.




Hauptplatz & Landstraße 8 With its Baroque façades and the Holy Trinity column, Europe’s largest urban square is the ideal starting point for a city stroll along Landstraße. Next to Vienna’s Mariahilfer Straße, this is the most frequented shopping street in Austria.



voestalpine Stahlwelt



An interactive, multimedia adventure world on the theme of steel. A walk-in work of art as a place of encounter between technology and the human being.



Europe’s most modern opera house will open its doors for the very first time in April. Listen to musical masterpieces in a breathtaking atmosphere.

Lentos Kunstmuseum


The museum of contemporary art, whose impressive exhibition space, filled with natural daylight, contains one of Austria’s finest art collections.


The Linz Musical Top 10

Mariendom, churches


Experience unusual sound installations and enjoy musical treats at a concert in one of Linz’s many churches. TIP: The concerts on Domplatz in front of the Mariendom, Austria’s biggest church, have a very special atmosphere. Further information on page 37



TipsArena & Stadium


All year round, world-famous national and international artists pay visits to the TipsArena and the stadium on Froschberg. Further information on page 49

Festivals in the Donau- 3 park and the city centre In Linz, music in public places is an important part of city life. Discover this side of Linz at one of the many festivals, for example on the Danube.



Audio City


Many public buildings, such as churches, banks, shops and hotels, are designated “noise bombardment free” (no background music!). Here, you can withdraw from the acoustic influences of the city.

AEC-MainDeck Stadtwerkstatt

Musical Break


You may listen to music form young artists in the Stadtwerkstatt or change the music on the Ars Electronica Center MainDeck with your smartphone. Tip: Sounlabor Ars Electronica Center. Further information on page 30




Take a break in one of our cafes on the main square and listen to the music of the Glockenspiel. This musical mechanism with bells and animated figures chimes out at 11.03 am, 2.03 pm and 5.03 pm each day. Further information on page 35




Linz’s concert hall is named after Anton Bruckner, the great Linz composer. Tip: Visit the Clouds of Sounds in the Donaupark. Further information on page 28



Posthof Linz


The Posthof is one of Austria’s largest venues for contemporary cultural events, offering a stage for every category of the performing arts. Further information on page 28 5



A firework display of sound awaits you in Europe’s most modern opera house. Operas, operettas, musicals and much more will sweep you off into unknown realms. Further information on page 26

Bruckner Stairway


The original Anton Bruckner Organ stands in the Ignatiuskirche. Visit this instrument on a city walk tour (Sundays, from Mai to December), which includes a visit to the Bruckner Stairway. Further information on page 35 & 72



The Linz Top 10: Architecture and technology Bahnhofsviertel

Ars Electronica Center

The newly-designed railway station district between Linz Central Station and the Musiktheater is a cultural hub, knowledge database and energy conservation pioneer. Intellectual curiosity, internationality and sustainability can be explored here.

The museum on the Danube offers you a glimpse of the future – robots, journeys in 3D, cloning… you’ll find answers to all your questions here. Not to be missed is the nightly play of colours on the biggest LED façade in Europe. Further information on page 16


Musiktheater The new opera house, designed by Terry Pawson Architects, is an eye-catching example of urban architecture combined with state-ofthe-art technology. Here, musical highlights and architectural flamboyance go hand in hand. Further information on page 26

Pöstlingbergbahn Once a tobacco factory, this masterpiece of industrial design is well worth a visit. Originally created by the architect Peter Behrens, the former production site is now a centre for art and culture. Further information on page 39

voestalpine Stahlwelt The exhibition sweeps you off into the world of steel. Multimedia-based and interactive, this adventure world gives you a behind-thescenes look at the product and the company from Austria. Further information on page 20

Solarcity The solarcity is an extraordenary district of Linz. With it’s low energy construction homes it is an international showcase for sustainable urban development.

Architekturforum Architects and those interested in architecture meet in Linz’s former Volksküche for discussions, lectures and exhibitions. Further information on page 39

Europe’s steepest adhesion railway brings you comfortably directly from Hauptplatz up to Pöstlingberg, one of the emblems of Linz. An exciting journey between nature and technology is guaranteed. Not to be missed is a visit to the Bergbahnmuseum, a museum about mountain railways. Further information on page 40

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz The building on the Danube decisively shapes the city silhouette by day and night. Its exhibition rooms, flooded with natural daylight, hold an internationally top-ranking art collection. A visit here is a must on any visit to Linz. Further information on page 17

Mariendom or New Cathedral The largest church in Austria, this edifice fascinates not only because of its vast sacred space but also its exquisitely-coloured stained-glass windows. The Mariendom is a haven of tranquillity and an architectural masterpiece rolled into one. The view over Linz from the tower is unforgettable. Further information on page 37



The Linz Top 10: Nature Schlossmuseum

Danube Cycle Path

Austria’s largest universal museum houses an exciting exhibition on Nature in Upper Austria which will capture the imagination of old and young alike. Further information on page 18

The popular cycle path along the Danube runs right through the city centre, and beckons you to follow it on excursions into the surrounding area. Further information on page 44

Botanical Gardens, Naturkundliche Station

Pöstlingberg Adventure World

The jewel on Froschberg is an oasis of relaxation in the midst of the town, and will enrapture you all year round with the fragrances of the most exquisite flowers. Tip: Come to a talk at the Naturkundliche Station, a nature observatory. Further information on page 42

One of the emblems of Linz, offering recreation and relaxation for the whole family. TIP: In fine weather, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps. Further information on page 40

Danube excursions


No matter whether relaxation, sport or culture, you can get a taste of everything in the Donaupark.

Traun-Danube water meadows A nature conservation area in a city? Is such a thing even possible? Here, you’ll discover completely new sides of the European Capital of Culture 2009.

Biologiezentrum The Ecopark surrounding the biology centre invites you to explore. In the museum, you can research undiscovered areas of the flora and fauna of Upper Austria. Further information on page 23

Get away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy a direct experience of leisureliness and relaxation – on a river cruise to, for example, the upper Danube Valley. Further information on page 61

Naturschauspiel Would you like to know more about nature and the environment? To explore Linz’s natural landscapes? Then come on a nature study excursion with Naturschauspiel in the TraunDonau water meadows. Further information on page 42

Ars Electronica Center – Bio Lab You’ll get unexpected views of the flora at the Ars Electronica. It’s even possible to clone your favourite plant. Further information on page 16


World-class art on the Danube Herbert Bayer, forum metall and Peter Behrens With its buildings and sculptures, the Donaupark in Linz enables you to stroll on the trail of world-famous artists of the Bauhaus school and modern architecture. Here, you’ll encounter works designed by greats like Herbert Bayer or Peter Behrens. The Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, with its extensive collection and modern building, is thereby the starting point for exploration. Designed by the Zurich architects Weber & Hofer, the mu-seum, which is impressive in its simplicity and shapes the city skyline with the nightly illumi-nation of its glass façade, has already become an emblem of Linz. Since receiving a generous bequest from the artist’s widow Joella Bayer in 2006, the Lentos has amassed the largest Bayer collection of any Austrian museum, comprising 135 works spanning all his creative periods. This artist of the Bauhaus school, who was born in Haag am Hausruck (1900), completed a traineeship with Georg Schmidthammer at his applied arts studio. He always remained deeply connected to the place of his


childhood, which was why he readily agreed to collabo-rate in the forum metall project. forum metal was founded in 1977 by Helmuth Gsöllpointner, then a professor at Linz University of Arts and Industrial Design and by Peter Baum, at that time the head of the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz; the project took the form of a public park displaying sculptures by national and international artists. The aim was to combine the artistic with the economic and, based on this cooperation, to point to Linz’s important role as both an industrial location and an up-and-coming art metropolis. Top-ranking international artists were invited to create large-scale sculptures for Linz’s Donaupark. All the works were especially designed for Linz and manufactured in Austrian

companies. This unique collaboration between art and industry thus made it possible to realise an incomparable open-air en-semble of modern art works. The extremely incisive works by Bayer, Paolozzi, Uecker, etc. were newly presented for Linz09, with a subtle lighting display designed by Rolf Derrer. When one looks from the art works towards the city centre, another building which dominates the city skyline – the Tabakfabrik Linz, meets the eye. This one-time tobacco factory was designed by a pioneering exponent of the Bauhaus school of art, Peter Behrens, and completed by his colleague Alexander Popp. Behrens, who worked with – among others – the great Bauhaus artist Le Corbusier, is regarded as a trail-blazer of industrial design, and the Tabakfabrik Linz as one of his most impressive industrial buildings. The Tabakfabrik Linz, which is now owned by the city, will in future be used as an event and arts centre in the heart of Linz.

forum metall exhibits “Table of Expulsion” by Günther Uecker, 1977 “Current” by Erwin Reiter, 1977 “Ellipse in 10 Parts” by David Rabinowitch, 1974-77 “Thermocouple” by Piotr Kowalski, 1977 “Fountain Sculpture” by Herbert Bayer, 1977 “Pavilion Sculpture III” by Max Bill, 1977 “Hommage à Anton Bruckner” by Eduardo Paolozzi, 1977 “Untitled” by Erwin Heerich, 1977 “Evolution” by Helmuth Gsöllpointner, 1978 “The Snake” by Mathias Goeritz, 1986 “Hommage á Anton Bruckner” by Amadeo Gabino, 1998



Variety of a Capital of Culture


01 Museums and exhibitions

Ars Electronica Center Museum der Zukunft

1 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Rudolfstraße On an exhibition area of 3,000 m² you‘ll encounter innovative projects at the interface of art, technology and society. At the forefront are discovery, experimentation and the creation of one’s own designs. Here, art and technology merge! At the exhibition New Images of Humankind, you can take a look inside the human body, enter into communication with robots or become a designer of the future. The GeoCity pools data on our world and takes a fresh look at our global environment and our local living space.

FAMILIES and CHILDREN: Family TourAdventure trip (for children aged 6-10) at 3 pm daily. Sat, Sun & public holidays 11:30 am & 3:30 pm Duration: 1.5 hrs. Must be booked in advance. Information & Booking Ars Electronica Center Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 7272 0 Opening hours: Tues, Wed & Fri 9 am–5 pm Thurs 9 am–9 pm


In Deep Space, you can go on virtual journeys with gigantic 3D and 2D projections. The Ars Electronica Festival, which is famed far beyond Austria’s borders, takes place here every year, at the beginning of September.

Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–6 pm Closed Mon (except on public holidays) Prices: Adults €8.00, reduced rate €6.00 With Family Card One parent & children €7.00 Both parents & children €14.00 Free admission for children under 6! Guided tours: Tues, Wed & Fri 11 am, 3 pm, Thurs 11 am, 3 pm & 6.30 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 11 am, 3 pm & 4 pm

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

2 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz As one of Austria’s most important museums of modern and contemporary art, the LENTOS Kunstmuseum truly has its finger on the pulse of art. Its trademarks are the modern architectural design which decisively shapes the cityscape of Linz, and its high-calibre art collection, as well as richly varied special exhibitions. The art on display ranges from works of the 19th century and classical modern art (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka) and Expressionism, all the way to the latest contemporary artistic statements. Families are very welcome!

FAMILIES and CHILDREN: LENTOS Studio (for children aged 6-13) Sat 10 am–12 noon, must be booked in advance. TIP: To mark the 10-Year Jubilee of Lentos from 22 March onwards – Inspector LENTOS’ Mystery Chest for the whole family (for children aged 4+) Information & Booking LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 3600

Opening hours: Tues–Sun 10 am–6 pm Thurs 10 am–9 pm, Closed Mon (except on public holidays) Prices: Adults €8.00, reduced rate €6.00 With Family Card: €14.50 Free admission for children under 7! Public tours: Thurs 7 pm, Sun 4 pm Tour of the architecture/sculpture park: July–September 2013 Sun 11 am


01 Museums and exhibitions

Schlossmuseum Linz

3 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz In the wings of the Linzer Schloss the Upper Austrian provincial museums present their cultural-historical collections. The new south wing houses the permanent exhibitions on the nature and technology of Upper Austria. Interesting special exhibitions are also displayed here on an ongoing basis. The Schlossmuseum offers an extensive programme for children and families. TIP: Get 2 for 1 – visit the Schlossmuseum and Landesgalerie with one ticket.

FAMILIES and CHILDREN: Family Sunday – 9 times a year (for children aged 5+). Price: Free admission with the Family Card. Exhibition opening day for families (for children aged 5+) 4 times a year Information & Booking Schlossmuseum Linz Schlossberg 1, 4010 Linz Tel. +43 732 774419 0

Opening hours: Tues, Wed & Fri 9 am–6 pm, Thurs 9 am–9 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm Closed Mon (except public holidays) Prices: Adults €6.50, reduced rate €4.50 With Family Card €9.00 Children under 6: Free admission Tours: Sun 2 pm & 3 pm


OÖ. Kulturquartier


OK – Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung

The OÖ Kulturquartier is the common link connecting the Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus cultural centres. It’s a space for adventurous experimental regional culture and international art & festival highlights. Constantly changing exhibitions, the Moviemento repertory cinema and the restaurants on OK Platz make the OÖ Kulturquartier a lively and inspiring cultural hub.

The OK Offenes Kulturhaus offers the latest movements in contemporary art a space for presentation and networked development. One special feature of the centre is an extremely contemporary, all-embracing concept of art combined with many years’ experience in the area of artistic production, with an emphasis on installation and media-based works of art. TIP: The dizzying Höhenrausch3 rooftop experience – 16 May to 6 October 2013

Information & Booking OÖ Kulturquartier OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784178

FAMILIES and CHILDREN Suuuper Sunday – last Sunday of the month: Children’s programme from 11 am–4 pm (for children aged 5+) Information & Booking OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784178 0 Opening hours/Prices/Tours: You’ll find info at


01 Museums and exhibitions

voestalpine Stahlwelt

6 Linz Linien bus/tram: 25 – Betriebsgebäude 41 Step inside the fascinating voestalpine Stahlwelt, the globally unique adventure world on the theme of steel. Austria’s largest industrial site reveals the latest technologies in steel production. Your journey takes you right through the middle of a gigantic crucible, a huge replica of the furnace used for producing steel. Your journey through the world of steel is accompanied by echoing production sounds from all around you, the play of reflected light and real exhibits to touch. The extraordinary interplay of multimedia installations and touchable steel exhibits gives you an unforgettable insight into the compaFAMILIES and CHILDREN First Saturday of every month: Family tours (for children aged 6+) Family special (for children aged 6+): On special offer days during school holidays; tour of the voestalpine Stahlwelt incl. works tour. Duration: Approx. 3 hours For safety reasons, it is not possible for children under the age of 6 to take part in the works tour. TIP: Make a tour with Ferry und Molekularus Information & Booking voestalpine Stahlwelt voestalpine-Straße 4, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 50304 15 8900


ny products and the voestalpine AG group in all its diversity.

The works tour must be booked in advance.

Opening hours: Mon–Sat 9 am–5 pm Closed Sun and public holidays! Prices: Adults €8.00, reduced rate €4.00 Works tour: €8.00 Admission to the Stahlwelt is free for children under 6! Book the works tour here:

NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz




Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

The city museum will especially fascinate anyone who’s interested in Upper Austrian and Linz art of the past and present, as well as in the history of the city, archaeology and photography.

LinzGenesis tells the story of the city of Linz, from its origins in prehistory to the community projects of the present. You’ll be given a brief but penetrating insight into essential aspects of the history of Linz. Free German and English audio guide.

Information & Booking NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz Dametzstraße 23, Tel. +43 732 7070 1912 Opening hours: Tues–Sun 10 am–6 pm Thurs 10 am–9 pm Closed Mon (except on public holidays) Prices: Adults €6.50, reduced rate €4.50 Family ticket: €11.00 Children under 7: Free admission Tours: Thurs 6 pm Sun 3 pm

Information & Booking LinzGenesis Altes Rathaus, Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1920 Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–1 pm and 2 pm–6 pm Price: Free admission


01 Museums and exhibitions

Landesgalerie Linz

9 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Museumstraße Art from the different epochs, particularly by young artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, is displayed here in temporary exhibitions. The Kubin-Kabinett is a space devoted to the large collection of works by Alfred Kubin. In addition, the gallery’s own sculpture park presents contemporary works of art. Don’t miss August Sander’s photographs either! TIP: Get 2 for 1 – visit the Schlossmuseum and Landesgalerie with one ticket. FAMILIES and CHILDREN The Landesgalerie offers an extensive programme for children and families. You’ll find more detailed information on the current family tours at

Opening hours: Tues, Wed & Fri 9 am–6 pm Thurs 9 am–9 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm Closed Mon (except on public holidays)

Family Sunday on the first Sunday of every month (for children aged 5+) Admission free with the Family Card Creative workshops and holiday activities (for children aged 5+)

Prices: Adults €6.50, reduced rate €4.50 Families with the Family Card: €9.00 Children under 6: Free admission!

Information & Booking Landesgalerie Linz Museumstraße 14, 4010 Linz Tel. +43 732 774482 0


Tours Sun 2 pm & 3 pm





Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Dornach

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

The biology centre in Linz-Dornach, which is run by the Upper Austrian provincial museums, collects, preserves, researches, documents and conveys knowledge about the animal and plant kingdoms, and about rocks and minerals. It is the largest natural history collection of the province and presents a variety of constantly changing special exhibitions on an area of 200 square metres. Equally well worth seeing is the one-hectare Ecopark, which contains plants and trees native to the region.

In the rooms of the former residence of Adalbert Stifter (1805–1868), the StifterHaus unites the Adalbert Stifter Institute, a research station for literature and linguistics, and the OÖ Literaturhaus under one roof. In the Literaturmuseum you can, for example, see the original manuscript of Stifter‘s Witiko (written 1865–1867).

FAMILIES and CHILDREN The biology centre regularly offers events and workshops for children and families.

Opening hours Library: Mon, Tues & Thurs 8 am–1 pm and 2 pm–5 pm; Wed & Fri 8 am–1 pm Literaturmuseum & Stifter Memorial Room: Tues–Sun 10 am–3 pm Gallery: During exhibitions Tues–Wen 10 am–3 pm, Thurs–Sun 10 am–6 pm

Information & Booking Biologiezentrum Linz-Dornach Johann-Wilhelm-Klein-Straße 73, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 759733 0 Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–5 pm Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm Closed Sat

Information & Booking StifterHaus, OÖ Literaturmuseum Adalbert–Stifter–Platz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7720 11294 Prices: Free admission

Price: Free admission Tours: Sun 2 pm


01 Museums and exhibitions

Linzer Museum für 12 Pöstlingbergbahn Geschichte der ZahnMuseum heilkunde


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

Linz Linien bus/tram: 3 – Landgutstraße

Here, you can follow the development of dentistry, from a primitive dentist’s chair of the 17th century and the foot-powered drill, to the very first unit for working on patients while they are lying down (1960).

Here in this building, which served as the valley station for the Pöstlingbergbahn until the beginning of 2008, a museum has been set up to document the story of this historical railway.

Information & Booking Linzer Museum für Geschichte der Zahnheilkunde Altes Rathaus, Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1920

Information & Booking Pöstlingbergbahn-Museum Landgutstraße 19, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 7406

Opening hours: Mon–Fri, 9 am-1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm

Opening hours: 1 March - 1 November Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–4 pm

Prices: Free admission


Prices: Free admission

Atelierhaus Salzamt


Linzer Puppenwelt


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

In 2009, the year when Linz was the European Capital of Culture, the Salzamt, a former salt depot, was renovated by the city of Linz and fitted out with artists’ studios. It’s now a place of international exchange between artists. The studios are available for artists to use as a basis and workshop for the development of their creative work.

A lovingly-created private collection of over 280 dolls, teddies, and traditional glove puppets

Information & Booking Obere Donaulände 15, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1959

Schloss Ebelsberg

15 Linz Linien bus/tram: 2 – Ebelsberg As well as the military history collection, you can see an exhibition on the Imperial and Royal Austrian Navy. The Battle of Ebelsberg in 1809 under Napoleon is presented in three dioramas.

Information & Booking Linzer Puppenwelt Altes Rathaus, Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1912 Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am-1 pm and 2-6 pm Prices: Adults €4.00, reduced rate €2.00

Information & Booking Schloss Ebelsberg Ebelsberger Schlossweg 7, 4030 Linz Tel. +43 732 307632 Opening hours: May to October on Sat, Sun & public holidays: 10 am–12 noon and 1–5 pm Price: €4.00


02 Stage performances


TIP Landestheater Linz


Musiktheater Linz neu und modern

51 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Theater

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Goethekreuzung

The Landestheater Linz has been Upper Austria’s largest cultural institution since 1803. It’s a home for people, music and literature from many countries. Art ranging from antiquity to the present day finds a place here, and sweeps you off into a realm halfway between dream and reality.

The opening on 11 April 2013 of the Musiktheater – Europe’s most modern opera house, designed by the famous architect Terry Pawson – marks the beginning of a new era in Linz. Thanks to its splendid acoustics, every imaginable comfort and multimedia productions of operas, ballets, musicals and operettas, the building offers pure inspiration.

Information & Tickets Landestheater Linz Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000

TTIP: Before the performance, enjoy dinner with a view in the new restaurant at the Musiktheater, and let yourself be pampered with culinary treats by top chef Toni Mörwald.

Information & Tickets Musiktheater Linz Am Volksgarten 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000


Grosses (Schauspiel)Haus


u\hof: Theatre for young audiences


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Theater

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung

As well as presenting classic drama, the playhouse on the Promenade also lays special emphasis on the work of young Austrian playwrights. The Landestheater Linz thereby sees it as its mission to turn stories, images and sounds, both well known and forgotten, startling and never before experienced, into topical, intimate encounters. Success with the public is just as much a part of its goal as the conquering of new artistic dimensions.

For many years, this theatre has been regularly attracting thousands of spectators, both young and old. Its plays, generally staged with playful humour and plenty of music, move, astound and inspire young theatre-lovers. Reduced rates for families and children are available for many of the productions. The performances in the u\hof: have a standard price of €7.00.

Information & Tickets Landestheater Linz Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000

Information & Tickets Landestheater Linz Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000


02 Stage performances


36 Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Brucknerhaus With the Bruckner Festival and its Klassisch programme, the renowned concert hall offers visitors of all ages a cross-section of different musical styles, with top-quality artists from all over the world. You can view the Brucknerhaus on a guided tour (please book in advance). Pieces for children are labelled or midi. music.

Information & Tickets Brucknerhaus Untere Donaulände 7, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7612 0


Posthof Contemporary culture at the harbour


Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Posthofstraße; 46 – Hafen Each year, Linz’s Posthof cultural centre presents about 250 individual musical, dance, theatrical, cabaret and literary events – and is both an artistic hub for (inter)national greats and a platform for presenting new young (home-grown) talent. Originally a branch of the old Linz post office, the site in the harbour district was converted in 1984 and 1990, and is today one of the largest and most vibrant contemporary culture venues in Austria.

Information & Tickets Posthof Linz, 4020 Linz Posthofstraße 43 Tel. +43 732 781800

Theater Phönix


Kuddelmuddel Kinderkulturzentrum


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Unionkreuzung

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Bürgerstraße

The programme includes themes that are closely related to current socio-political issues. The theatre thus reinterprets classic plays, while at the same time offering young authors a platform for their work.

The Kuddelmuddel children’s cultural centre offers performances for the young and the young-at-heart aged from 3 to 99. The repertoire ranges from puppet theatre, children’s theatre and music to workshops. The Linzer Puppentheater regularly puts on weekend glove-puppet performances of the adventures of Kasperl and Seppy. Theatrical performances for children are offered by the Theater des Kindes.

Information & Tickets Theater Phönix Wiener Straße 25, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 662641,

TIP: Linz’s Kinderklangwolke or Children’s Cloud of Sound on 8 Sept. 2012 Prices: Between €4.70 and €6.50

Information & Tickets Kuddelmuddel Kinderkulturzentrum Langgasse 13, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 600444

Theater in der Innenstadt


Linzer Kellertheater


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Museumsstraße

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

Entertaining plays, cabarets and musicals in a family atmosphere.

Information & Tickets Theater in der Innenstadt Museumstraße 7a, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 918091

The jovial stage on Hauptplatz is used mainly for presenting popular comedies and fairy-tales for children.

Information & Tickets Linzer Kellertheater Hauptplatz 21, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784120


02 Stage performances

Kulturzentrum Hof




Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Schlachthof

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Rudolfstraße

The Kulturzentrum Hof presents floor shows, cabaret, theatre and readings. This extremely open cultural centre welcomes the new, unknown and the less established. Performances for children and families are also offered.

The Stadtwerkstatt, literally city workshop, was founded by students of Linz University of Art and Industrial Design in 1979. Initially created as a reaction against “the concretingover of Hauptplatz”, the Stadtwerkstatt developed into a cultural and communication centre. Regularly changing musical events, as well as other artistic and cultural activities, are organised here.

Information & Tickets Kulturzentrum Hof Ludlgasse 16, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 774863

Information & Tickets Stadtwerkstatt Kirchengasse 4, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 731209


Theater Maestro


Kulturhaus Reiman


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Bürgerstraße

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Theater

The rooms of the ballet school can be used for a multitude of purposes: There’s a stage for performances, a room for product presentations, for exhibitions, a venue for parties and a training room for courses.

Information & Tickets Theater Maestro Bismarckstraße 18, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 771176

The Kulturhaus Reiman includes its own theatre, a concert podium, numerous training rooms and a café-bar. About 100 events are held here every year. The highlights are music for strings, theatre, opera and dance.

Information & Tickets Kulturhaus Reiman, 4020 Linz Promenade 29, Tel. +43 732 793977

Ticket offices Landestheater Linz/Musiktheater Linz Opening hours (advance booking): Mon–Fri 9 am-6 pm, Sat 9 am–12.30 pm, closed on Sun and public holidays. Box offices: Open from 1.5 hours before curtain up Landestheater Linz Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000 LIVA-Kassa Brucknerhaus Tickets for events at the Posthof, the Kuddelmuddel, the TipsArena and the Brucknerhaus Opening hours: September–June: Mon–Fri 12 noon–6.30 pm, Sat 10 am–1 pm, July–August: Mon–Fri 10 am–4 pm Sat 10 am–1 pm Evening box office opens 1 hour before curtain up

Untere Donaulände 7–9, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 775230, Kartenbüro Pirngruber Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm, Sat 9 am–1 pm Landstraße 34, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 772833, Linzer Kartenbüro Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm, Sat 9 am–12 noon Herrenstraße 4, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 778800, WEILER SHOWS GmbH Kopernikusstraße 5, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 348375


03 City sightseeing tour

City walk tours with austriaguides

City tours on the Linz City Express

Take a stroll through the past all the way up to the present with the Austria Guides. On the Linz City Walk Tour, you can find out more about history and life in the Danube city.

In a 25-minute tour in the yellow train, you’ll learn all about the history of this Danube city. Tour available in 8 languages (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Czech and Hungarian). Departure from Hauptplatz on the hour and half-hour (minimum 6 persons).

Dates: From 31.3.2013 – 06.01.2014 daily 11 am, starting from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz. Route: Hauptplatz – Brückenkopf, Old Town, Promenade, Mariendom Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours Prices: €9.00 per person €6.00 per person with Linz Card Children aged up to 14 and accompanied by their families: Free No need to book! Sunday TIP: From May onwards, the City Walk Tour ends in the Alter Dom or Old Cathedral. On the Bruckner Stairway, the memorial in honour of Anton Bruckner, you can find out more about the great Linz symphonist. (May– December 2013)

Information Tourist Information (Altes Rathaus) Tel. +43 732 7070 2009


TIP: Ask about booking evening and special tours for groups. You can decide the route yourself and drive right up to a pub in the train!

Times: Jan–Feb 10 am–4 pm daily March–April 10 am–5 pm daily May 9.30 am–6 pm daily June 9.30 am–7 pm daily July–Aug 9.30 am–8 pm daily Sept–Oct 9.30 am–6 pm daily Nov 9.30 am–5 pm daily Dec 10 am–6 pm daily Prices: Adults €8.00, reduced rate €4.00 Children under 3: Free Information & Booking Linz City Express Hauptplatz, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 797555

Johann’s Guide Taxi Contemporary historical tours of the air-raid shelter the mobile City tour

Guided tours with state-certified Austria Guides in Linz and the surrounding countryside inform visitors about its history from 1934 to 1955. During the Nazi dictatorship, existing tunnel systems were enlarged for air-raid purposes and as command centres through the forced labour of concentration camp prisoners. It is possible to view portions of these shelters, in order to learn more about the construction and the experience of staying in the tunnel systems.

Enjoy a combination of taxi ride and insider tour given by an Austria Guide in a Guide Taxi. A wide variety of city tours are available in Linz and the broader surrounding area, and good care is also taken of international guests, in the languages German, English, French, Japanese and Korean.

Information & Booking

Information & Booking Johann‘s Guide Taxi Tel. +43 664 4558468 Tours must be booked!

Gliding through Linz on a Segway

Group walking tour with a focus

LINZerSCHWEBEN: The “different” guided city tour! On Segways – battery-driven, almost soundless, intuitively-steered electro-rollers – you hover effortlessly, as if flying, to the Linzer Schloss, along the Danube towards Pöstlingberg or to, and through, the Tabakfabrik. Children aged from 10/45kg upwards Adults up to max. 100 kg. Tours must be booked at:

Enjoy the advantages of an insider tour led by state-certified Austria Guides. Go on guided theme tours following the trail of great historical figures like Anton Bruckner or Johannes Kepler, tours for children or tours on focal themes of the city (contemporary history, music, culture, and much more). Discover the city from a new perspective. Guided walking tours are offered in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Slovakian, Czech, Russian, Swedish, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese.

Dates: March–October several times daily Duration: Approx. 2.5 hrs/approx 1.5 hrs (MiniaTour) Prices: €48.00 per person, Groups (10 persons) €420.00 MiniaTour: €30.00 per person, Groups (10 persons) €270.00

Information & Booking Linz Guide Service Hotline: Tel. +43 650 2009009

Information Tourist Information (Altes Rathaus) Tel. +43 732 7070 2009


04 Places of interest

Historical Walking Tour

Altes Rathaus




This building, which is still the seat of the Mayor and City Council of Linz, combines modern architecture with historical finds such as artistically chiselled Gothic handicraft work or a Biedermeier-period painting. The arcaded inner courtyard beckons with its idyllic garden restaurant, the LinzGenesis museum and the unusual museum of dentistry. Further information on pages 21 & 24. In the entrance area are plaques portraying four famous figures from Linz.

The famous writer, painter and educationist Adalbert Stifter lived here from 1848 to 1868. Today, the building houses the Adalbert Stifter Institute and the OÖ Literaturhaus. Further information on page 23 & 70

Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) Further information on page 72 Johann Adam Pruner (1672–1734) Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) Further information on page 68 Emperor Friedrich III (1415–1493)

You may know the phrase: Bella gerant alii, tu felix Austria nube or Others may wage wars, you happy Austria, marry! In accordance with this maxim, Anna, the later heiress of Bohemia and Hungary, married Archduke Ferdinand here in the Stadtpfarrkirche almost 500 years ago. Today’s Baroque church still displays structural elements from the Roman and Gothic periods. The heart and internal organs of the Emperor Friedrich III are buried here. TIP for pilgrims: The statue of St. Jacob.



The house of Johannes Kepler, where he lived from 1612 to 1627, is a meeting place and information point. Further information on page 48 & 68


Opening hours: 9 am–6 pm daily Services: Tues, Thurs & Sat 6.30 pm, Sun 9.15 am, 11.15 am Pfarrplatz 20, 4020 Linz



Jesuitenkirche 21 Atelierhaus Salzamt (old cathedral) Built by the Jesuits in 1669–1683 according to plans by P. F. Carlone, it became the Bischofskirche (Cathedral) when Joseph II made Linz a diocese. In 1909, the Jesuits returned. The Jesuitenkirche stands at the southern end of Hauptplatz, next to the former Jesuit College. Anton Bruckner held the post of organist here from 1856 to 1868. The organ was converted in accordance with plans drawn up by Anton Bruckner and has been preserved in that state up to the present day. The Bruckner Stairway, a memorial in honour of the great musician, leads up to the organ. Further information on page 72


In the Late Middle Ages, the historical Salzamt – in a different structural form – served as a stacking and storage site for salt, which was transported to neighbouring countries, such as Bohemia and Moravia, on the great north-south trading route. Further information on page 25

Linzer Schloss


Opening hours: 7 am–7 pm daily Services: Mon–Sat 7.30 am, 9 am, Sun 7.30 am, 10.30 am Domgasse 3, 4020 Linz

Hauptplatz and Dreifaltigkeitssäule


The imposing 20-metre-high Holy Trinity column, which was completed in 1723, is made of white marble. A typical symbol of the Baroque period, it was set up out of gratitude for having survived catastrophes, and as a protection against war, fire and plague. The column stands in the middle of Linz‘s Hauptplatz which, with an area of about 13,200 square metres, has been one of Europe’s largest enclosed squares since the 13th century. As a marketplace, Hauptplatz soon helped the city to achieve its economic recovery. Tip: Glockenspiel – Listen to Christmas carols, the national anthem or melodies from Mozart, Hayden or Bruckner, depending on the time of day and the season.

In a deed of gift from the time of Charles the Great, the “castle at Linz” and the Martinskirche are mentioned for the first time, in 799. Emperor Friedrich III resided here until his death in 1493. Today, you can still admire the defensive walls of his castle, the bastions and the Friedrichstor gate bearing the inscription A.E.I.O.U. (which assumedly stands for Alles Erdreich ist Österreichs Untertan or All Earth is Austria’s Subject). As the temporary centre of the Habsburg Empire, the Emperor designated Linz the provincial capital. Then, in the 17th century, under Rudolf II, the castle which today houses the Schlossmuseum Linz was built. The great city-wide fire of 1800 destroyed the south wing, which was reconstructed in a modern steel and glass architectural design and opened to the public in 2009, the year when Linz was the European Capital of Culture. Austria’s largest universal museum is located here. Further information on page 18 Our TIP: On the terrace, you can see the world’s second-largest cast-iron model city!


04 Places of interest





One of the oldest churches in Austria. Inside, excavated Roman inscription stones and a Roman furnace await you. Another famous feature is the copy of the Volto Santo picture, which originally came from Lucca in Italy.

You’ll find the former town residence of the famous Kremsmünster abbey in the Alter Markt in the Old Town. According to the legend, Emperor Friedrich III died here (1493). Today, it accommodates a modern restaurant with a wonderful garden dining area.

Only open during church services: Wed 8.30 am (except during the summer holidays) Sun 8.15 am Exceptions can be made for city tours.

Altstadt 10, 4020 Linz

Römerstraße 1, 4020 Linz

Landestheater Linz


This impressive building was built after the city-wide fire of 1800, on the site of the former riding school. Today, it houses the Landestheater Linz where, accompanied by the famous Bruckner Orchester, operas, musicals and plays are staged. Further information on page 26


In this Renaissance building from the second half of the 16th century, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the Linz Symphony and the Linz Sonata in only three days. At the entrance to the house, you’ll find a bust of Mozart as well as a sound installation which plays the beginning of the famous symphony. The Mozarthaus can only be viewed from outside, but in the inner courtyard you’ll find an idyllic garden restaurant. Altstadt 17, 4020 Linz





In Linz’s only church in the genuine Rococo style, you’ll discover stuccowork by Kaspar Modler, as well as a high altar painting by Bartolomeo Altomonte. The side altar pictures were painted by Johann Martin Schmidt (“Kremser Schmidt”). Originally, the church belonged to the Minorite monastery founded in 1236. Klosterstraße 7, 4020 Linz Tel. +42 732 772011364



This magnificent Renaissance building was built in the 16th century on the site of the Minorite monastery and is today the seat of the governor, the provincial parliament and the provincial government of Upper Austria. The lower storeys of the tower were constructed in 1568, and it was built up to its present height in 1638. It’s possible to climb it on special city walk tours. Don’t miss the Italianstyle arcaded courtyard with its Planets Fountain. Johannes Kepler taught here, at the Protestantische Landschaftsschule, a Protestant Latin school for young nobles, for 14 years.

Mariendom (new cathedral)


As the biggest church in Austria, the “New Cathedral”, completed in 1924, offers seating for approx. 20,000 people. 2012 will mark the 150-year jubilee of the laying of the foundation stone. Take a look at the wonderful stained-glass windows, such as the Linzer Fenster or the Kaiserfenster. The inner gallery, which is accessible on special tours, offers fascinating views of the church interior from a height of 15 metres. Also highly recommended are the guided tours of the tower, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Linz. The tours are also excellently suitable for families and children aged 5 and upwards. A mystical and dizzying experience is guaranteed! Our TIP: Use the Mariendom and the other churches as havens of tranquillity. On a shopping expedition in the lively city of Linz, Austria’s largest church offers a place of quiet and relaxation.

Opening hours: Mon–Sat 7.30 am–7 pm Sun 8 am–7 pm Services: Mon–Sat 6.15 pm, Sun 9 am (children’s mass, except on high feast days and public holidays), 10 am (High Mass), 11.30 am & 6.15 pm Cathedral tours (only with advance booking): Wed & Sat 3 pm: 1-hour cathedral tour Wed, Sun & public holidays 2 pm: Opportunity to climb the tower. Prices: Adults €5.00, children €3.00 Further cathedral tours: Torchlight Tour, High Walkway Tour, StainedGlass Windows Tour

Landhausplatz 1, 4020 Linz

DomCenter, Herrenstraße 36, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 946100


04 Places of interest

Martin Luther Kirche



33 Thanks to the Patent of Tolerance issued by the Emperor Joseph II in 1781, the Protestant faith was once more allowed in Upper Austria; however, it was not until 20 October 1844 that the first house of prayer in Linz could be ceremoniously dedicated. In accordance with the Catholic building regulations then in force, the Protestant church building had to be set back 50 metres from the road to avoid dominating the appearance of the street. Today, its distance from Landstraße makes the church show to greater advantage. Opening hours: Tues–Sun 8 am–12 noon Services: Sun 9.30 am & 7 pm (except during the summer holidays) Organ vespers: Tues 5.15 pm Martin-Luther-Platz 2, 4020 Linz



Today, the former Ursuline convent church serves as an art, concert and community church for the Forum St. Severin. The convent belonging to it was dissolved in 1968. Opening hours: 7.30 am–6 pm daily Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz

Nordico Stadtmuseum Linz


The former suburban palace of Kremsmünster abbey was used as a college by the Jesuits. From 1851 onwards, it was the home of the newly founded OÖ Kunstverein. Today, the completely renovated Nordico houses Linz’s city museum. Further information on page 21 Built between 1674 and 1726 with the collaboration of the Linz master builder J. M. Pruner, the church houses several art treasures: Paintings by Martino Altomonte, C. Carlone, J. A. Wolf and Carl von Reslfeld. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7.00 am – 6.30 pm., Sun 6.15 am – 6.45 pm Landstraße 33, 4020 Linz


Landesgalerie Linz


The Wilhelminian-style Francisco-Carolinum building, in which the gallery is located today, is one of Austria’s most beautiful museums. Further information on page 22

On the trail of great architects and buildings – walking tour



Starting from the Landesgalerie, you have the opportunity of strolling still further on the trail of important architects in Linz. The continuing walking tour leads you to our great concert halls and museums.

Built according to plans by the Finnish architect Heikki Siren, the Brucknerhaus has been one of the emblems of Linz ever since it was opened by Herbert von Karajan in 1974. Further information on page 28

Architekturforum OÖ Volksküche

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz


The Architekturforum Oberösterreich is situated in the Volksküche, a former soup kitchen for the poor. Its present-day appearance has not changed since 1926 and is regarded as a noteworthy edifice built by the then Director of Urban Development Kurt Kühne. The building was designed in imitation of the German redbrick Gothic style, incorporating both Gothic forms and elements of Expressionism.

Tabakfabrik Linz

The Lentos is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Austria. In this clear-cut, harmonious building of the highest quality, designed by the Zurich architects Weber & Hofer, Linz has since 2003 had a top-ranking art museum. Further information on page 17

Ars Electronica Center


35 Linz Linien bus/tram: 12, 25 – Parkbad After the production of cigarettes was discontinued at the site of Linz’s Tabakfabrik, the premises of this former tobacco factory were acquired by the city of Linz in 2009. Due to its steel frame construction, its size (with a floor space of approx. 80,000 square metres) and its functionality down to the smallest details, this industrial edifice, built during the period from 1929 to 1935 by the internationally acclaimed architect Prof. Peter Behrens, is today regarded as a monument of modern European industrial architecture. Peter Behrens collaborated with, among others, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.

Ludlgasse 19, 4020 Linz


The new sculptural building of the Ars Electronica Center was designed by the Viennese architect Andreas Treusch. The imposing structure of this building is harmoniously integrated into the cityscape and invites visitors to linger. Further information on page 16

Neues Rathaus

37 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Rudolfstraße You can view a large model of Linz at the Neues Rathaus, the new city hall opposite the Ars Electronica Center, at the northern end of the Nibelungenbrücke.

Hauptstraße 1–5, 4040 Linz


05 Pöstlingberg Adventure World

Erlebniswelt Pöstlingberg


A visit to Pöstlingberg will thrill not only the children. After the ride in the Pöstlingbergbahn railway, it’s only a few steps to the pilgrimage basilica, the lookout platform and the Grottenbahn, Linz’s realm of fairy-tales and dwarves.

Pöstlingberg39 Wallfahrtsbasilika Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Pöstlingberg Enjoy the breath-taking view over Linz. At the highest point, the emblem of the provincial capital sits enthroned, the Pilgrimage Basilica of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.

Pöstlingbergbahn 38

This historical railway, which is Europe’s steepest adhesion railway, has been gently modernised and extended with additional disability accessible carriages. Board the train and enjoy the ride up to Pöstlingberg, Linz’s local mountain– with the new mountain railway, or the retro railway carriages (in summer only), departing at intervals of 30 minutes directly from Hauptplatz.

Pöstlingberg–Wallfahrtsbasilika Am Pöstlingberg 1, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 731228 Opening hours: Nov–April 8 am–6 pm, May–Oct 7 am–8 pm Services: Mon–Sat 10 am, Thurs 10 am, Sun & public holidays 9.05 am, 10.30 am & 4.30 pm


TIP Summer timetable: 1 May – 30 September, until 10.30 pm daily (final descent), Winter timetable: 1 October – 30 April, until 8.30 pm daily (final descent) Prices: Ascent and descent, adults €5.60, reduced rate €2.80, ascent or descent, adults €3.40, reduced rate €1.70. Tickets are available from the ticket machine at the station, or from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz.


Feel like a break? Visit the restaurants on Pöstlingberg, Linz’s local mountain, for a cosy ending to the day or a lunchtime break in your visit to Linz, and let yourself by pampered with culinary delicacies.



Zoo Linz


Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Pöstlingberg

Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Tiergarten

On the grotto railway, you can take the Drachenexpress through the realm of dwarves, forest animals and fairy-tales. In the cellar, you’ll find various scenes from famous fairy-tales depicted in life-size images and can stroll across Hauptplatz in Linz as it used to be at the turn of the century. An extensive family programme is offered throughout the year.

Discover over 600 animals on a trip to see the native and exotic faun in Linz’s Zoo. It’s located half-way to Pöstlingberg (reachable via the Pöstlingbergbahn railway). Especially worth seeing is the newly renovated Tropenhaus, with plenty of unusual inhabitants from the tropical zone, such as monkeys and boa constrictors. Guided tours for families and Family Days are offered all year round.

Grottenbahn Am Pöstlingberg 16, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 7506 Opening hours: 1 March–31 May 10 am–5 pm 1 June–31 August 10 am–6 pm 1 September–1 November 10 am–5 pm Advent Sundays: 10 am–5 pm, 8 December 10 am–5 pm 24 December 10 am–3 pm Prices: Adults €5.00, children (aged 2–15) €3.00 Family (2 adults + 2 children) €13.50

Zoo Linz Windflachweg 1, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 737180 Opening hours: 31 March–26 October 2013 9 am–6 pm, 27 October 2013–27 March 2014 9 am–4 pm Prices: Adults €4.50, children (aged 6–13) €2.00, senior citizens €3.50 Family ticket (2 adults + 1 child) €8.00


06 Nature

Botanical Gardens



43 Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Botanischer Garten

Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Vergeinerstraße

Marvel at approximately 10,000 different species of plant in a magnificent 4.2 hectare park and different greenhouses, including a unique cactus collection and equally rare species of wild flower and orchids. In addition, concerts, talks, workshops and children’s events are offered here.

After climbing 100 steps, you’ll be rewarded by the magnificent view over Linz, the Danube, Urfahr and Pöstlingberg. The highest point of Freinberg lies in a spacious park.

TIP: Attend a talk held by the Naturkundliche Station, a nature observatory, or go on a nature study excursion with Naturschauspiel.

Opening hours: November–February 8 am–5 pm March and October 8 am–6 pm April and September 8 am–7 pm May–August 7.30 am–7.30 pm Greenhouses: 8 am–5 pm daily Closed 24, 25 & 31 December and 1 January

Opening hours: November–March 10 am–4 pm April–May 9 am–6 pm June–September 8 am–8 pm October 9 am–5 pm Franz-Josef-Warte-Freinberg, 4020 Linz

Johannes-Kepler Sternwarte Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Aloisianum Take a closer look at the stars. This observatory, which opened in 1983, offers public talks and courses on astronomy.

Prices: Adults €3.00, reduced rate €2.00 Family ticket €5.00 Botanischer Garten Roseggerstraße 20–22, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1860


Johannes-Kepler-Sternwarte Sternwarteweg 5, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 674042

Lookout points Pöstlingberg lookout platform 44 The Pöstlingbergbahn brings you directly from Hauptplatz to the highest point on Pöstlingberg. Linzer Schloss 3 Enjoy the view of Linz, the Danube, Pöstlingberg and the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria. With a playground for our younger guests. Passage Linz Terrace 61 This popular shopping centre has a superb terrace on the 4th floor. Wissensturm 45 Thanks to modern panorama lifts, gaze far over the city or browse in the city library in this “tower of knowledge”. Further information page 49

Pferdebahnpromenade The Gasthaus Oberwirt tavern in St. Magdalena is located at the beginning of the Pferdebahnpromenade. Note the commemorative plaque about the horse-drawn railway on the wall of the church square (in front of the entrance to the St. Magdalena-Kirche). One of the last surviving sections of rail can be seen at the beginning of the Hauptwald forest. Sonnenpromenade – Aloisianum A wonderful view of the gentle hilly landscape of Linz, and far over the Danube. Franz-Josef-Warte on Freinberg 43 From this tower, you can gaze over Linz, up to Pöstlingberg, to the Donaupark, all the way to the Mühlviertel region of Upper Austria.

St. Magdalena From the small church on the northern bank of the Danube, you can see the whole of Urfahr and Linz.

Parks With 51 parks, Linz is one of Austria’s greenest cities. Enjoy pure nature in the Donaupark 46 , Stadtpark, Landhauspark, on Hessenplatz, in Schillerpark, Volksgarten 47 , the BauernbergParkanlage or the Bergschlösslpark! Playgrounds in the centre of Linz Hessenplatz, Landhauspark, Schlosspark 3 , Stadtpark, Donaupark 46 , LederergasseEuropaspielplatz, Schulertal, Starhembergstraße, Südbahnhof 48 and Volksgarten 47 .

Traun-Danube water meadows An area of about 600 hectares of alluvial forest along the Danube and the Traun, which has also been designated a Natura 2000 European protected area, offers a green oasis for recreation right next to Linz. This is an eldorado for joggers!


06 Nature

Cycling Who hasn’t heard of the Danube Cycle Path – the mother of all cycle paths, and an adventure in pure nature for sport-loving families? Cycle along the great river –from Germany, through Austria and all the way to Hungary. Linz goes electric Anyone riding an e-bike in Linz will find battery-charging stations in many places and a

series of beautiful routes in and around Linz by which to explore the city. You’ll find routes and info at:, Maps showing e-bike tours are available from Tourist Information Linz.

Hiking Follow the signposted hiking trails. The “Linz walks” brochure (10 city hikes with short descriptions of the routes and map) is available from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz. Also suitable for families.


DYou’ll find three permanent International Hiking Club trails (Freinberg, Pöstlingberg and Bachlberg) in Linz – all starting from Hauptplatz. The Donausteig Trail, which opened in 2010 and is approximately 450 km long, running from Passau through Linz to Grein, mostly on both banks of the Danube, is a wonderful experience for hikers. Walk up or downriver along the “legendary” High-Altitude Trail, e.g. to Ottensheim or on Linz’s Danube Round Trail, which leads over Pöstlingberg. Use the Danube shipping services to make a full day’s excursion of it! Also suitable for families.


07 Shopping

Shopping in the centre

Shopping Centres Whatever you do, don’t forget to have a look down the side streets of Linz. On Spittelwiese, you’ll find classy fashion boutiques and gift shops. Bethlehemstraße, Domgasse, Rathausgasse, Rainerstraße, Bischofstraße and Herrenstraße and the Promenade also beckon visitors to indulge in an enjoyable, lengthy shopping expedition. On the extension of Landstraße, on the other side of the Nibelungen­ brücke bridge, you’ll find Hauptstraße in Urfahr, with its charming shops and friendly cafés. And talking of cafés – don’t miss the chance to enjoy some real Linzer Torte gateau.

Leading directly from Landstraße, you’ll find the ARKADE TAUBENMARKT 60 on Taubenmarkt, and a few steps further, the PASSAGE LINZ 61 . Each offers a colourful mixture of specialised shops and international brand stores, is comfortably roofed-over and spread over several storeys. The third inner-city shopping centre, the ATRIUM CITY CENTER 62 , can be reached from Mozartstraße or via OK Platz. In the city district of Urfahr, the redesigned Lentia City 63 , near the Hauptstraße shopping mile, invites you to go window shopping.

Information & Booking Shop opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm, Sat 9 am–5 pm

Handicraft Days

Urfahraner Jahrmarkt Twice a year, it’s all go in the Linz district of Urfahr! The Urfahr fairgrounds with all kinds of amusements, take place each year in spring (end of April/beginning of May) and autumn (end of September/beginning of October), and last for a week.

46 Every year, international handicraft artists present products which they’ve made themselves as part of the Handicraft Days in the Old Town of Linz. Watch and join in: master craftspeople from Linz demonstrate their artistry live and invite groups to join in. Baking a Linzer Torte, blowing a wine glass or creating a special Danube stone amulet are just a few of the handicraft activities available here.

Give Linz as a present



The popular Linz City Vouchers are available in the form of €10.00 vouchers from the info point desk in the Passage Linz shopping centre, enabling cash-free shopping in over 340 shops and pubs in Linz city centre. Order online at:


Souvenirs You can look around, rummage and buy to your heart’s content at the many Linz markets: Flea Markets Hauptplatz: from beginning of March–9 November: Sat 7 am–2 pm Square in front of the Neues Rathaus: from 10 November–end of February: Sat 8 am–2 pm Interspar (Industriezeile) and Cineplexx: Sunday mornings

Take a piece of Linz home with you – the Linzer Torte gateau, Linzer Kugel chocolates, Brucknernoten sheet music, Donaukiesel pebbles as a confection or piece of jewellery, and Linzer Metallkugel balls. Rummage for the right gift to take home with you at the souvenir shop on Hauptplatz or at the DomCenter Linz.

Fruit and vegetable markets Südbahnhofmarkt 48 –Lustenauerstraße: Mon–Fri 6 am–6 pm, Sat 6 am–1 pm Urfahr, between Rudolfstraße and Mühlkreisbahnhof: Mon–Fri 6 am–6 pm, Sat 6 am–1 pm Hauptplatz: Tues & Fri 9 am–2 pm

Christmas markets Christkindlmarkt Hauptplatz 22 Last-but-one Sat in November–23 December 10 am–8 pm daily Weihnachtsmarkt Volksgarten 47 Last-but-one Sat in November–23 December Mon–Sat 9 am–7 pm Sun, public holidays 10 am–7 pm

Linz Souvenir Shop Opening hours: Summer: 9 am–7 pm Winter: Mon-Sat 11 am–5 pm Hauptplatz 12, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 77 44 78 DomCenter Linz Opening hours: October–March: Tues–Sat 10 am–1 pm and 2–5 pm, June–September: Tues–Sun 10 am–1 pm and 2–5 pm Herrenstraße 36, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 946100


08 Meeting places

Palais Kaufmännischer Verein

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Bürgerstraße

What is a lift or elevator? What’s the truth about Linz? Do human beings have free will? Here, knowledge transfer and research are made accessible and comprehensible in dialogue with experts. Members of the public take the opportunity of dialogue in a relaxed atmosphere.

This event centreis the ideal venue for any occasion, no matter whether congress, conference, seminar, workshop, exhibition, fair, presentation, press conference, concert, gala evening or fashion show.

Kepler Salon Rathausgasse 5, 4020 Linz

Palais Kaufmännischer Verein Bismarckstraße 1/Landstraße 49 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 773159

Kepler Salon


Opening hours: One hour before each event begins Free admission / Limited seating

AK–Bildungshaus Jägermayrhof Linz Linien bus/tram: 17, 19, 45, 46 – Johann-Strauß-Straße The Jägermayrhof educational centre offers space for conferences and symposia, seminars, conclaves, meetings and cultural events. AK-Bildungshaus Jägermayrhof Römerstraße 98, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 50 6906 5411


Redoutensäle Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 Theater The Redoutensäle are available for festive events, receptions, exhibitions, seminars, talks and various other private and business occasions.

Redoutensäle Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7720 12315

Gastronomy and delicacies Are you not yet familiar with typical plain Austrian fare? Then it’s high time you tried Speckknödel (bacon dumplings), Linzerknödel (Linz dumplings), Leberkäse (meat loaf) or a hearty Schweinsbraten (roast pork) in crisp crackling. As dessert, you can’t do better than a piece of Linzer Torte gateau! You’ll find all the restaurants and bars in Linz listed in the Gastronomy Directory available from the Tourist Information office on Hauptplatz. You can of course take local specialities such as wines, spirits, bacon, various desserts, gateaus, biscuits and pastries home with you. The supermarkets, abbey shops, wine bars and specialised shops are happy to advise you.

Stadion and TipsArena Linz




Linz Linien bus/tram: 17, 19, 26, 45, 46 – Stadion

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptbahnhof; 17, 19, 45, 46 – Kärntnerstraße

The annual Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament is well-known not only among sportlovers. Linz’s stadium lies next to the TipsArena, which is Austria’s most modern sports and event hall, where numerous large-scale events and concerts are regularly held.

No less than 63 metres high, the “tower of knowledge” right next to Linz Central Station has since 2007 united the Volkshochschule adult education centre, the city library and other “knowledge-related” organisations under one roof. It has a restaurant on the ground floor.

LIVA-Sport Ziegeleistraße 76-78, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 657311 4002 (TipsArena) Tel. +43 732 6573110 (Stadium)

Opening hours: Mon–Tues and Thurs–Fri 10 am–6 pm Wed 2 pm–6 pm, Sat 10 am–3 pm Wissensturm Kärntnerstraße 26, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 0


08 Meeting places

Design Center Linz


OÖ. Landesbibliothek


Linz Linien bus/tram: 12, 17, 19, 25 – Europaplatz

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Bürgerstraße

Constructed of 3,456 glass panels, this modern glass palace serves as a multifunctional event centre, with an atmosphere of natural daylight and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

Design Center Linz Europaplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 6966 0

Casino Linz

67 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Bürgerstraße Casino Linz offers not only as a classy gaming venue but also, thanks to its elegant atmosphere, a popular meeting place. A wide variety of gaming activities and top quality cuisine ensure an entertaining evening.

Casino Linz Rainerstraße 2–4, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 654487 Opening hours: from 3 pm daily Jackpot Casino 11 am–3 am


Oberöstereichische Landesbibliothek is the oldest public library in Upper Austria. As well as a cross-section of the latest range of books (non-fiction books and fiction), with a special focus on books from and about Upper Austria, it also houses Mediaeval manuscripts and early printed material from the libraries of former Upper Austrian abbeys, now closed. Each year, the collection grows by approx. 10,000 books and currently comprises about 450,000 volumes. 70 reading and learning seats are available in a public area of approx. 2,000 square metres.

OÖ Landesbibliothek Schillerplatz 2, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 664071 Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm Sat 9 am–12 noon

Hotspots Use this free spring-board into the Internet with any notebook (WLAN technology), pocket computer (PDA) or WLAN-enabled mobile phone. Surf the world wide web in Linz’s libraries for €1.00 per hour. A free notebook is available for your use from the porter at the Altes Rathaus, on presentation of photo identification.

Let’s scan the QR Code and get information about all hotspots.

Cinemas City-Kino Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt Graben 30, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 776081 Moviemento Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung Our TIP: An invitation to young parents – bring your baby along to the cinema, to the Babykino, which takes place every month. OK-Platz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784090

Cineplexx Linz Linz Linien bus/tram: 17, 19, 27 – Industriezeile Prinz-Eugen-Straße 22, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 663030 Cinematograph cinema as it used to be Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz Obere Donaulände 51, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 785603


08 Meeting places

Universities and Fachhochschule universities of applied sciences Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Universität Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 2468 0, Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversität Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt Bethlehemstraße 20, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 784293, Anton-Bruckner-Privatuniversität Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Wildbergstraße Wildbergstraße 18, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 701000 0 University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria Linz Linien bus/tram: 17, 19, 45 – Prinz-Eugen-Straße FH OÖ Studienbetriebs GmbH Faculty of Health and Social Work Garnisonstraße 21, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 2008 0,

Kunstuniversität Linz Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz Hauptplatz 8 (main building), 4020 Linz Additional locations: Kollegiumgasse 2, Reindlstraße 16–18 Sonnensteinstraße 11–13 Tel. +43 732 7898 0 Pädagogische Hochschule OÖ Linz Linien bus/tram: 12, 25 – Kaplanhofstraße Kaplanhofstraße 40, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7470 0 Private Pädagogische Hochschule Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Salesianumweg Private University College of Education of the Diocese of Linz Salesianumweg 3, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 772666

Places of worship of other religions Jewish Community Linz (Synagogue) The Jewish cemetery near the St. Barbara cemetery can be visited only with advance booking by phone. Service: Fri at 7 pm, must be booked in advance! Bethlehemstraße 26, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 779805 Serbian Orthodox church community A series of interesting icons and frescos await you in the church of St. Vasilije of Ostrog, which was built in 1936 and has been in the possession of the Serbian-Orthodox church of Linz since 2003. The church is open for 1 hour before mass. Tour: Must be booked in advance! Services: Sat 6 pm, Sun 10 am, and on every


Orthodox holiday which falls on a workday: 9 am. Posthofstraße 41, 4020 Linz Archpriest Dragan Micic: +43 660 8119 661 Rumanian Orthodox church community Pastor Surin Emanuel Bugner Service: Sun and public holidays 10 am Harrachstraße 7 (Heilige-Kreuz-Kirche), 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 771205 Mosque of the Austria Linz Islamic Federation (ALIF) Kremplstraße 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 33 13 43


09 Sport and recreation

Linzer Bäderoasen Bathing oases: day ticket for swimming Adults €3.50, reduced rate €1.75 Tel. +43 732 3400 6000 Familienoase Biesenfeld Adventure indoor swimming pool with parent & child area, 70 metre slide, sauna, solariums and massage. Dornacherstraße 47, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 6670 Fitnessoase Parkbad Sauna world on 2,500 square metres, indoor pool, open-air adventure pool, solariums, massage, hair-dresser, range of health treatments, curling rinks, outdoor ice rink and indoor ice rinks. Untere Donaulände 11, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 6630

Wellnessoase Hummelhof 34°C water world, wellness area with brine, relaxation, vitality and forest pools, sauna, open-air adventure pool, indoor pool, massage, solarium and range of health treatments. Ramsauerstraße 12, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 666 Erlebnisoase Schörgenhub Indoor adventure pool, wave pools, indoor wide water speed-slide, open-air adventure pool, solariums, massage and outdoor ice rink. Schörgenhubstraße 16, 4030 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 6680 Saunaoase Ebelsberg Sauna landscape with vitality oasis and Kneipp water-treading basins, solariums, massage and outdoor ice rink. Hartheimerstraße 1–3, 4030 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 6690

Bathing lakes Pleschinger See (nude beach) Get there by Linz Linien bus no. 33 all the way to terminal stop at Pleschinger See. Kleiner Weikerlsee (nude beach) Get there by Linz Linien tram no. 2 all the way to terminal stop at solarCity. Pichlinger See Get there by Linz Linien buses no. 11 and 19 all the way to the terminal stop at Pichlinger See.


Donaustrand Danube beach: Opposite Linz Winterhafen, in Alt-Urfahr.

Golf and Mini-Golf Swingolf Swingolf is a new golf amusement facility near to the city. Here, you can tee off wearing comfortable street clothes. Opening hours: From April to the beginning of November, 9 am till nightfall, daily Freistädter Straße 163, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 699 11042012 Freizeitanlage Pichlinger See Opening hours in dry weather: March–October 10 am–8 pm Tel. +43 676 7700442

Kletterhalle Auwiesen

Mini-Golf-Anlage Freinberg Opening hours: Mon–Sat 2–8 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 2–6 pm Freinbergstraße 49, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 680 4455946 Freizeitanlage Pleschinger See Opening hours in dry weather: March–October 10 am–10 pm Tel. +43 676 7700440

Hiking One of the largest indoor climbing facilities in Austria.

Tourist Information Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 2009

Kletterhalle Auwiesen Auwiesenstraße 202, 4030 Linz Tel. +43 732 771843 Opening hours: Summer: Mon–Fri 9 am–10 p Sat, Sun & public holidays 9 am–7 pm Winter: Mon–Fri 9 am–10 pm Sat 8 am–10 pm, Sun & public holidays 9 am–7 pm

Ask for the “Linz walks” brochure – 10 city hiking trails with route descriptions and map. You’ll find further information on page 44


09 Sport and recreation

LIVA-Sportparks Besides traditional sports, the sport parks at Pichling, Auwiesen and Lissfeld and the indoor tennis centre at Froschberg also offer facilities for the latest (indoor and outdoor) sports. Football, gymnastics, tennis, climbing, soccer, beach volleyball, streetball, table tennis, minigolf, baseball, softball, fistball, sauna, Nordic walking and running. Open from 8 am-10 pm all year round.

Sportpark Auwiesen, Auwiesenstraße 202 4030 Linz, Tel. +43 732 303789 Sportpark Lissfeld Hausleitnerweg 105, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 334251 Sportpark Pichling Weikerlseestraße 71–73, 4030 Linz Tel. +43 732 320670 Tennishalle Froschberg Bockgasse 26, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 657334



Step out onto pure ice: On the indoor or outdoor ice rink of the Fitnessoase Parkbad in Linz. The Keine SorgenEisArena also serves as the home match venue of Linz’s EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz ice-hockey team.

You can rent five indoor or outdoor playing fields at the Soccafive Soccerarena.

Opening hours: Indoor ice rink: September–April: Wed 8 am–1 pm, Sat 2–8 pm, Sun & public holidays 9 am–8 pm Outdoor ice rink: November–March: Mon, Tues & Thurs 2-7 pm, Wed 8 am–1 pm and 2–7 pm, Fri 2–9 pm, Sat 9 am–1 pm and 2–9 pm, Sun & public holidays 9 am–8 pm Fitnessoase Parkbad Untere Donaulände 11, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 6630


Opening hours: Mon–Fri 2.30 pm–12 midnight, Sat 10 am–12 midnight, Sun & public holidays 10 am–10 pm Soccafive Soccerarena Further Straße 13, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 759696

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Tips for trips Upper Austria. Linz’s closeness to many UNESCO World Heritage sites makes it an excellent starting point for adventurous, variety-filled excursions.

Old Trails, New Paths Upper Austria and Southern Bohemia


Deutschland Schärding

Passau, the city on three rivers 120 km


Bad Füssing Therme Geinberg

Bad Scha Ried


Thermenwelt Oberösterreich spas



Eben St. Wolfgang


Salzburg Salzkammergut Panorama Tour 130 km


City of Salzburg 135 km


Bad Ischl

World Cultural Heritage site Hallstatt 130 km

a region Tschechien World Cultural Heritage site Krumau 75 km

Mühlviertler Museumsstraße 60 km

Cesky Krumlov

Danube Vyssi Brod


Bad Leonfelden


Bad Zell

Enns 26 km





Enns St. Florian




Steyr Bad Hall

Romantic Steyr 47 km

den Weyer Markt Nationalpark Kalkalpen



UNESCO World Heritage site Wachau 160 km


Donausteig Hiking Trail and Danube Cycle Path

Route of Emperors and Kings

Romantic landscape on the Danube, the provincial capital St. Pölten, famous wine-growing region and the Benedictine abbey of Melk.

St. Florian 22 km


10 Services and transport

Tourist Information Linz and Upper Austria

Tourist service centres

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz

Brochures about Linz are also available at our tourist service centres:

Opening hours: October–April Mon–Sat 9 am–5 pm, Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm May–September Mon–Sat 9 am–7 pm, Sun & public holidays 10 am–7 pm Hauptplatz 1 (Altes Rathaus), 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 2009

Hauptbahnhof Tourist Information Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptbahnhof 17, 19, 45, 46 – Kärntnerstraße In 2011, Linz Central Station was awarded the title “Austria’s most attractive railway station” for the 7th time in a row. Opening hours: Mon–Sat 7 am–7 pm, Sun & public holidays 7 am–7.45 pm Hauptbahnhof Linz Bahnhofsplatz 1, 4020 Linz ÖBB – Austrian Federal Railways Tel. +43 5 1717, WESTbahn Tel. +43 1 899 00, WESTbUS Tel. +43 1 899 00,


PASSAGE LINZ Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9.30 am–7 pm, Sat 9 am–6 pm Landstraße 17–25, 4020 Linz BLUE DANUBE AIRPORT LINZ Opening hours: 5 am–11 pm daily Flughafenstraße 1, 4063 Hörsching ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER Opening hours: Tues, Wed & Fri 9 am–5 pm, Thurs 9 am–9 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am–6 pm Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz voestalpine Stahlwelt Opening hours: Mon–Sat 9 am–5 pm Voestalpine-Straße 4, 4020 Linz Further service centres Café Glockenspiel, Hauptplatz 18 Design Center Linz, Europaplatz 1 DomCenter Linz, Herrenstraße 36 Linz City Express, Hauptplatz Fischerhäusl, Flußgasse 3 Grottenbahn am Pöstlingberg Jindrak Konditorei, Herrenstraße 22 Josef Linz, Landstraße 49 Pöstlingberg-Schlössl, Pöstlingberg 14 Schiffstation Wurm+Köck Untere Donaulände 1

Danube excursions In summer you can go on a river cruise to Passau and back every day (except Mondays), and through the Wachau to Krems or Vienna every Saturday, returning on Sunday, with Donauschiffahrt Wurm + Köck. It’s also possible to go on half-day boat trips into the upper Danube Valley. Enjoy special evening voyages with music, good food and dancing, or book one of the Danube ships for chartered excursions, company parties or other events. Donauschiffahrt Wurm+Köck With a total fleet of 11 ships, Wurm+Köck is the largest excursion shipping company on the Bavarian/Austrian Danube. Linz is the home harbour for two of its ships. Summer holiday ship excursion: Round trip from Linz with children’s entertainment programme. Untere Donaulände 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 783607 ÖGEG Steamship Schönbrunn Since 1912 the Schönbrunn, the oldest original steam-driven ship in Europe, run by ÖGEG, the Austrian Society for Railway History, has been casting its nostalgic spell over guests on public excursions. Tel. +43 664 5013068

schiffART MS Helene Round trips both in and around Linz on the MS Helene, as well as trips into the Danube Valley, are available for groups. The duration of the trip and the route can be freely chosen. Guided city tour on the Danube March–October & Advent: Trips round the harbour every Sunday April–October: First Sunday of every month, with an Austria Guide Depart: 3 pm Boarding point: Anlegestelle Urfahrmarktgelände Price: Adults max. €16.00, children (aged 6–14) max. €9.00 SchiffART MS Helene Anlegestelle Urfahrmarktgelände, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 680 3336432 Danube tourism The MS Kaiserin Elisabeth cruises to Passau and Vienna several times a week. You can also hire the ship for chartered trips (max. 600 persons). Lederergasse 4–12, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 2080


10 Services and transport

Public transport

Blue Danube Airport Linz

On the “Linz Orientation” city map, you’ll find information on Linz Linien bus and tram timetables, journey times and prices, directions for getting to Linz, blue danube airport Linz, the car-park routing system, taxis and a lot more besides.

Linz airport lies outside the city, to the south-west of Linz.

It can be reached by taxi (€31.00 from the city centre), or by the airport bus from/to the Flughafen Hörsching airport stop and from/to Linz Central Station (departs on workdays Mon–Sat, every hour 5 am–10 pm). You can also reach the airport by train (departing hourly from Linz Central Station to Bahnhof Hörsching station – duration 11 min). At Hörsching, air passengers have at their disposal a free shuttle bus from/to Bahnhof Hörsching station & from/to the Flughafen Hörsching airport stop.

Linz Linien – trams and buses Tickets are available from the ticket machines, tobacconists, the Tourist Information office on Hauptplatz, and the Linz AG Customer Centre. Landstraße 105, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 7000 LILO Linzer Lokalbahn Local railway between Linz and Peuerbach Bahnhofplatz 2a, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 600703


Flight connections to Linz: Through Austrian Airlines ( and Lufthansa (, Linz is connected with the entire world via the hub airports of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Vienna. In addition, budget airlines like Ryanair ( and Flyniki (www. offer flights to a wide variety of destinations. blue danube airport Linz Flughafenstraße 1, 4063 Hörsching Tel. +43 7221 600 1101

Bicycle rental service

Bicycle repair workshops

Donau Touristik Bicycle pick-up times: January–December Mon–Fri 8 am–6 pm, May–September also Sat & Sun from 8 am–4 pm

Tools for small repairs are available at Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz.

You need an identity card or a credit card. Return bicycles to rental service in Lederergasse or to our partners between Passau and Vienna: Enns/Hotel Lauriacum, Perg/Hotel Manner, Grein/Pension Martha, Persenbeug/Gasthof Böhm, Spitz/Weinhotel, Krems/Arte, Tulln/ campsite, Greifenstein/Brauner Bär, Wien/ Käpt’n Otto Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm Sat 9 am–12 noon

Brückl Horst GmbH & Co KG Advice, sales, servicing, repair, collection

Dametzstraße 5, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 777276 Radsport Kiesel Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 8 am–12 noon and 2–6 pm Fri 8 am–6 am, Sat 8 am–12 noon. Freistädterstraße 297, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 750450

Prices: Rental fee in Linz: €15.00 (for 24 hrs), €13.00 per day (from minimum 48 hrs) Rental fee outside Linz: €19.00 per day Weekly fee: €70.00 Lederergasse 4–12, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 2080 27



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We are open 7 days a week! Tourist Information Linz Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel +43 732 7070 2009 I Opening hours: Oct-Apr Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun & public holidays 10 am-5 pm May-Sept Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm, Sun & public holidays 10 am-7 pm


11 Disability accessible facilities

Disability accessible facilities in Linz Linz offers people with disabilities many possibilities for spending event-packed days. In all the brochures published by Tourismusverband Linz, disability accessible places of interest and cultural institutions are marked with a symbol: These attractions have been inspected by the Roll Over OÖ association; you’ll find detailed inspection reports at: City tour with personal assistant service The non-profit-making association isa-group also supports tourists with disabilities in the area of Greater Linz. Trained assistants accompany and support you or your companion on tours, visits to the cinema or theatre, business appointments and in managing everyday tasks, and/or allow your companion to have the odd hour of leisure. isa-group thereby focuses completely on your individual and personal requirements.


ISA Group Stockhofstraße 9 Tel +43 660 7734235 Learn more about disability accessible city tours, eating out, accommodation and events on our homepage at: Don’t hesitate to seek advice at the Tourist Information office on Hauptplatz. We’re always happy to help you! Touristinformation Linz & Oberösterreich Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 2009 Fax +43 732 7070 54 2009 Opening hours: Oct-Apr Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm Sun & public holidays 10 am-5 pm May-Sept Mon-Sat 9 am-7 pm Sun & public holidays 10 am-7 pm


12 Historical paths

Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) Keplerhaus 18 Johannes Kepler, the famous German theologian, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and optician, lived in Linz from 1612 to 1627 and completed one of his chief works in this house at Rathausgasse 5 – the Rudolphine Tables. From 1745 onwards, the first printing press in Linz was located here. In 2009, the Kepler Salon, a place of encounter, exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge, was established on the first floor of the house. Universities, various educational institutions and hospitals organise a wide variety of events here. Further information on pages 34 & 48 Landhaus with the Planets Fountain 29

Johannes Kepler taught here, at the Protestantische Landschaftsschule, a Protestant Latin school for young nobles, for 14 years. In the exquisite arcaded courtyard you’ll find the Planets Fountain. Further information on page 37


Keplerstatue 3 Today, you can still meet Kepler in the Schlosspark as a statue. Johannes Kepler Universität Linz In 1975, Linz‘s university was named after the universal genius. Kepler sculptures at Posthof Linz 52 To mark the five-hundred-year celebration, the city of Linz commissioned a group of ten steel sculptures measuring from 3 to 8 metres to be erected as a tribute to Kepler by students, graduates and teachers of the metal masterclass of 1989 (at what was then the Art College, now Linz University of Art and Industrial Design); these sculptures are now on display at the Posthof. Schlossmuseum 3 technology exhibition In the permanent exhibition Technology in Upper Austria, visitors are offered an overview of astronomy, the Museum Physicum – an important collection of physicists’ instruments and teaching materials of the 18th to 19th century – as well as the industrial, economic and technological history of Upper Austria. Topics relating to Upper Austrian astronomers and the study collection of the History of Technology section are thereby explained. Further information on page 18

OÖ Landesbibliothek 67 View the original Kepler manuscript at the Upper Austrian provincial library. This institution is the oldest public library in Linz and houses manuscripts, fragments and early printed works, including approx. 360 Mediaeval manuscripts and approx. 30,000 rare printed works from the libraries of former Upper Austrian abbeys, now closed. Among these is also an entry in Kepler’s own handwriting (autograph), with a picture of Johannes Kepler from his time in Linz as the Mathematician of His Imperial Majesty and the Provincial Estates of Upper Austria (1621), recorded in the family chronicle of Stephanus Lansius/Tübingen. Further information on page 50

You can go on expeditions to spheres which can’t be seen by the human eye, to historical sites or fantastic places, such as outer space. The Uniview presentation (a journey through our galaxy) can be seen daily during opening hours. Further information on page 16 Johannes Kepler Sternwarte Linz Not far from the radio transmitter high on Linz‘s Freinberg stands the Johannes Kepler Observatory of the Astronomical Society of Linz, which numbers approx.

Ars Electronica Center „Deep Space “ 1 You‘ll have a unique visual experience in the Deep Space area of the ARS Electronica Center, with a 16 x 9 metre wall and floor projection in extremely high resolution.

200 members. The computer-controlled 50 cm reflector telescope is regularly put into operation for events and guided tours. Further information on page 42


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Adalbert Stifter (1805–1868) StifterHaus 11 Adalbert Stifter‘s former home. Further information on page 23 & 34

The Stifter experience in Upper Austria:

Barbara-Friedhof The poet and educationist has his final resting place at the Barbara-Friedhof in Linz. The granite obelisk which stands here points to the key points in his Biographica Literaria – like the obelisk on the Plöckenstein, the wonderful natural setting of Stifter’s Hochwald and Witiko.

Stifter-Villa In Kirchschlag bei Linz, you’ll find the atmospheric villa where Stifter stayed to undergo a health treatment seven times between 1865 and 1867. Other places associated with Stifter in Upper Austria, Bavaria and the Czech Republic are Ulrichsberg, Wegscheid, Kollerschlag and Horní Planá.

Stifter Statue The Stifter memorial stands on the Promenade. This location was chosen because, during his years of service as a schools inspector, he looked out onto this street from his office in the Statthalterei, a crownland administration building. On 24 May 1902, the life-sized bronze memorial designed by Johann (Hans) Rathausky was unveiled – the poet is sitting on a granite rock, specially brought here from the Bohemian Forest, with his hat and coat by his side.

Stifter Museum Schwarzenberg „My whole soul is attached to this region...“


A visit here gives an overview of Stifter‘s life, and his literary and art work. The highlights of the presentation include the world’s one and only Stifter hologram, a satellite view of the Ride of Witiko, and the prize-winning design for a Stifter memorial in Linz by Othmar Schimkowitz (1900). Adalbert-Stifter Panorama trail (4,5 km) The hiking trail in St. Stefan is a round trail which gives walkers an insight into the creative work and the home country of the artist. The Panorama Trail is the first trail in the region to have signposts in two languages. In clear weather, this trail offers a vast view of the hilly landscape of the Mühlviertel region, the Alps and the hill ridge of the Bohemian Forest, the home region of Adalbert Stifter. Nature-lovers will be enthralled by the beauty

of the heath moor landscape. Stifterweg Witiko Trail (Schwarzenberg section: 10.7 km; 4.5 hrs) You’ll find the precise route taken by the trail, starting from Oberschwarzenberg, at: Adalbert-Stifter Trail (46 km) The Adalbert Stifter Trail begins in Wegscheid/Bavaria and leads over the border to Austria (Kollerschlag, Ulrichsberg). From Ulrichsberg, the trail leads up to Hintenberg, Moldaublick, Sonnenwald, along the Schwarzenbergscher Schwemmkanal/Švarcenberský plavební kanál to the border crossing at Schöneben. In the Czech Republic, the hiking route runs via Zadni Zvonková/Glöckelberg. You can reach the town of Stifter’s birth, Horní Planá/Oberplan, by taking a ferry over Moldaustausee. You’ll find a precise description and maps at:


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Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) Josef Anton Bruckner, born in Ansfelden near Linz, was an Austrian Romantic composer, as well as an organist and music teacher. Though he was not appreciated as a composer by his contemporaries until later in life, he was still one of the most important and most innovative composers of his day, whose works had a great influence on the history of music until well into the 20th century. His most important, and certainly bestknown, compositions are his expansively structured symphonies. He also enriched sacred music with some important works, including three full-length masses and a Te Deum. As an organist, he was above all admired for his improvisations. Historical Bruckner 21 Organ in the Old Cathedral The organ was converted in accordance with plans by Anton Bruckner and has been preserved up to the present day. Concerts and guided tours are held here, presenting the only surviving “original Bruckner instrument”. One special highlight is the visit to the Bruckner Stairway. A memorial in honour of the composer all along the steps leading up to his organ. Here, you can learn more about the life and work of the great Linz maestro through presentation boards and samples of his music. Further information on page 35 TIP: Stroll in Bruckner’s footsteps on the Linz City Walk Tour every Sunday.

72 Embark on a treasure hunt, following the trail of Anton Bruckner by means of geocaching. Armed with a GPS-enabled device (iPhone, GPS-enabled mobile phone, GPS device, etc.), you can set off on a search for the hidden clue boxes. Memorials You can find any number of Anton Bruckner memorials in Linz, e.g. the portrait relief in the Old Cathedral, the medallion on the Stadtpfarrkirche, the busts in the Donaupark in front of the Brucknerhaus, the commemorative plaque at Hofgasse 23, the stone relief in the Altes Rathaus, and many more besides. There’s also the Private Anton Bruckner University, which is one of Linz‘s four universities and one of the five colleges in Austria devoted to music, drama and dance.

850 students from all over the world are taught by 200 professors and university lecturers, who are internationally recognised artists, scientists and educationists.

Brucknerhaus 36 Further information on page 28 Bruckner Orchester Linz As the symphony orchestra of the Province of Upper Austria, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, led by its Principal Conductor Dennis Russell Davies, regularly performs at “its” Brucknerhaus – also as the musical keystone of the Bruckner Festival – and at the Landestheater Linz. As a musical ambassador for the City of Linz and the Province of Upper Austria, the orchestra goes on tours beyond the borders of Austria, through the musical metropolises of the world.

Symphony Hiking Trail (8.3 km) The Anton Bruckner Symphony Trail begins in Ansfelden – Bruckner‘s birthplace – and leads through fields and meadows all the way to his burial place in St. Florian. Ten presentation boards and an audio guide offer fascinating insights into the life and creative work of the artist. Augustinian Priory of St. Florian Visit the organ in the Baroque Augustinian Priory of St. Florian near Linz. Anton Bruckner, once the priory organist, has his final resting place here, directly beneath the organ.

The Bruckner experience in Upper Austria: His birthplace in Ansfelden In the house where the maestro was born, a cross section of his life and his works is on display in six rooms. You can conclude your visit to the house by listening to samples of the music of Anton Bruckner. After completing the renovation work, it is planned to re-open the house in June 2013.

TIP: Attend a concert by the famous boys’ choir.


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The Altomonte Family

Martino Altomonte (1657–1745) and his sons Bartolomeo and Andreas are regarded as three of Austria’s most important Baroque painters. Their works include an altarpiece in the Karmelitenkirche. Landstraße 33, 4020 Linz

The Romans in Linz

Ancient Linz: LENTIA on the Danube limes Linz was part of the Roman Empire for 500 years. At its largest, the settlement of LENTIA exceeded the later Mediaeval town in size. Despite the lack of visible monuments here, traces of its rich Roman past have been discovered at over 100 find spots. At the crossing point of prehistoric long-distance trade routes, craftspeople already settled on Römerberg around 20 AD. A short time later, Roman soldiers built a first military camp here. Thus, LENTIA became the location of a Roman cavalry unit and part of the Noric limes. The civil settlement of the 2nd to 3rd centuries extended from Römerberg and through the Old Town, and from the bank of the Danube to Spittelwiese. At the foot of Schlossberg, there was an ancient sacred place, a cult site where the oriental deity Mithras was worshipped. A replica of the Mithraeum can be viewed today in the Linz Genesis museum. A burial ground of Late Antiquity on the slo-


pes of Römerberg was still being used until well into the 5th century, the time of Saint Severin. Today, the influence of Roman culture can still be felt in our daily life. DONAU LIMES World Heritage site: “Borders of the Roman Empire” The land or river boundaries of the Imperium Romanum, called in Latin limes or ripa, cover a distance of over 5500 kilometres, running through and connecting many modern countries on three continents. They constitute a unique archaeological ground monument of international importance, whose first segments were designated a multinational World Heritage site by the UNESCO Commission in 2005. Along the Austrian section of limes, too, the numerous military camps and guard posts, testimonies to a history of almost five hundred years, still shape the Austrian cultural landscape along the Danube. Compared to other European sections of limes, a relatively large number of surviving monuments of Roman military architecture are still to be seen in Austria. The aim is for these to be better protected and internationally recognised in the context of their future designation as a World Heritage site.

LinzGenesis 8 A horse burial site, Late Antique finds from graves and the replica of a Mithraeum bear testimony to the importance of the ancient settlement of LENTIA. Further information on page 21

Emperor Claudius, which ran north-south over the Alps to AQUILEIA. Its easy accessibility by road made Wels a trading post from early on. Today, when you follow the Roman Trail, which leads past 20 points of interest through the city of Wels, you’re walking on Roman remains. Schlögen / IOVIACUM The Donauschlinge, a river meander near Schlögen, is one of the scenic highlights of Austria‘s Danube Valley. The Danube Cycle Path leads past the site of the Roman fort. The west gate has been preserved.

Schlossmuseum 3 The Schlossmuseum houses an extensive archaeological collection. The visitor is led through displays focused on different themes, thus gaining an overview of life in ancient times in Upper Austria. Further information on page 18

The Roman experience in Upper Austria ENNS / LAURIACUM See tips for excursions in Upper Austria on page 58

Eferding / AD MAUROS In ancient times, the settlement probably lay near a side-branch of the Danube. Traces of Roman history can be found in the exhibition rooms in the Eferding city museum, at the presbytery and on information boards in public places.

WELS/ OVILAVA OVILAVA lay on a gravel terrace to the north of the River Traun, at the point where two arterial Roman roads intersected. The road leading from the east (CETIUM/St. Pölten, VINDOBONA/Vienna) to IUVAVUM/Salzburg crossed another road, constructed under the


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A culture of remembrance Linz has often found itself at the focal point of history. Its involvement in the Civil War of 1934 and the Nazi period (1938–1945) has left its stamp on the city up to the present day. Following the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria, which Adolf Hitler announced here, Linz was, as the protégé city of the Führer, the favoured object of Nazi urban and economic planning measures. The rapid expansion of the city was driven by the incorporation of smaller municipalities into bigger ones, and by the forced labour of thousands of foreign workers. This was what made possible the construction of large industrial sites like the “Hermann Göring Werke”, which primarily served the purpose of armament for war. In and around Linz, places of learning and remembrance are reminders of those dark times. The region is intensively concerned with the process of examining and coming to terms with the past. Scientific publications, memorials, symposia and cultural projects like Friedensstadt Linz – Linz, City of Peace – represent an injunction to not forget and to try to learn from the past.

Prices: Adults €2.00, reduced rate €1.00 Erinnerungsstraße 1, 4310 Mauthausen Tel. +43 7238 2269 Schloss Hartheim Memorial A place of learning and remembrance One of six Nazi euthanasia institutes was located at Alkoven (approx. 20 km from Linz) where about 30,000 people were murdered between 1940 and 1944. Today, you’ll find a place of learning and remembrance here, as well as the Value of Life exhibition.

Mauthausen Memorial Mauthausen Memorial (15 km east of Linz) is a harrowing testimony to the Nazi period. Between 1938 and 1945, over 200,000 people from all over Europe were incarcerated at this concentration camp; about half of them were murdered here.

Opening hours: Mon and Fri 9 am–3 pm Tues to Thurs: 9 am–4 pm, Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm, (closed Sat) Prices: Admission free to the memorial Admission to the Value of Life exhibition: Adults €2.00, reduced rate €1.00

Opening hours: From 9 am–5.30 pm daily (last admission at 4.45 pm); Closed: 24–26/31 Dec & 1 Jan

Schlossstraße 1, 4072 Alkoven Tel. +43 7274 6536 546


Further reading and further questions are always possible in the publications of the city archive or by directly contacting the historians of Linz City Archive at Hauptstraße 1–5 (Neues Rathaus), 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 2973 The invisible concentration camp, memorial and Gusen audio trail An exhibition at the concentration camp memorial and an audio trail through the former Gusen concentration camp bear testimony to the invisible camp. Equipped with headphones, sounds and the voices of contemporary witnesses lead you through a residential and recreation landscape underneath which history lies hidden. Duration of the audio trail: 96 min, please allow approx. 25 min for the way back. Opening hours: 1 April–30 September: 9.30 am–5.30 pm daily, except Mon 1 October–31 March: Only Sat, Sun and public holidays 9.30 am–5.30 pm 24 December–6 January closed Last issue of audio devices: 3 pm Starting point and issue of audio devices: Visitors centre at the Gusen Memorial Georgestraße 6, 4222 Langenstein Tel. +43 7237 63186

Contemporary historical tours of the air-raid shelter Guided tours with state-certified Austria Guides in Linz and the surrounding countryside inform visitors about its history from 1934 to 1955.

During the Nazi dictatorship, existing tunnel systems were enlarged for air-raid purposes and as command centres through the forced labour of concentration camp prisoners. It is possible to view portions of these shelters, in order to learn more about the construction and the experience of staying in the tunnel systems. Further information on page 33 Linz Geschichte city map A city map on the history of the city focuses on the Civil War, Nazism and the resistance in Linz from 1934 to 1955. The city map makes it possible to intentionally seek out 35 often-unnoticed places of remembrance. It’s available free of charge from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz, who are also happy to send it in advance, free of charge, to groups planning to visit the city.


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Alfred Kubin

Herbert Bayer

One permanent highlight at the Landesgalerie is devoted to Alfred Kubin, an important representative of Expressionism and member of the legendary Blauer Reiter group of artists. The graphics collection of the Upper Austrian provincial museums houses the world’s largest collection of works by Alfred Kubin in the Kubin-Kabinett, a space containing over 4,000 objects.

The Bauhaus artist, who was born in Haag am Hausruck, completed a traineeship in Georg Schmidthammer‘s applied arts studio. He subsequently studied and taught at the staterun Bauhaus school of art in Weimar, and is regarded as having laid the foundations for the field of graphic design. During the Nazi era, his works were denounced as decadent.

Added to this, it also includes approx. 1,000 sheets from the artist’s own graphics collection. These are predominantly graphic reproductions of works by artists like Albrecht Dürer, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch, Auguste Rodin and others. As the sheer abundance of these works would overwhelm many visitors, selections of the collection are put on temporary display, according to the central theme of each exhibition. Further information on page 22 In 1937 he emigrated to the USA, where he continued his creative work. His works are among the most valuable classic photographs in existence. The Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz owns the most extensive collection of his graphics worldwide. Thanks to his close connection with Linz, he’s also one of the most important members of forum metall. TIP: Relax in the Donaupark and admire his Fountain Sculpture.


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Linz masterminds, revolutionists, celebrities

Ludwig Boltzmann

Gerhard Haderer

The physicist and philosopher attended a Linz grammar school. His piano teacher was Anton Bruckner.

Christian Doppler The discoverer of the Doppler effect, which describes the change in the wavelength of moving bodies, went to school in Linz, where his mathematical abilities were revealed.

Frank Elstner

The star caricaturist of Stern, Titanic, Geo, Trend and other publications lives and works in Linz.

The entertainer and inventor of the Wetten dass..? TV show is a native of Linz.

Friedrich Jahn

Valie Export

A native of Linz, he is the founder of the Wienerwald fast-food restaurant chain and developed his roast chicken idea at the Linzer St端berl bar.

Birgit Minichmayr

The pioneer of conceptual media art, performing art and cinematics is a native of Linz.

Eduard Haas His PEZ peppermint sweets are a household name throughout the world. The headquarters of the business group are still located near Linz, in the neighbouring town of Traun.

The actress, who has played (among other roles) Amour in Everyman at the Salzburg Festival, was born in Pasching, a suburb of Linz.

Karl Moik

The first Musikanten-Stadl TV show moderator was born in Linz, where he also developed the concept for the TV hit.


Franz Welser Möst

Christina Stürmer

The Musical Director of the Vienna State Opera is likewise Linz-born.

The pop star hails from Altenberg near Linz, and worked in a bookshop here before the start of her international career.

Josef Ressel The inventor of the ship screw propeller was educated at a Linz grammar school.

Richard Tauber

Johann Baptist Reiter Was born 1813 in Linz and is one of the most important painter of Austiran „Biedermeier“.

August Sander Sander is one of the most outstanding artistic photograher of the 20th century and he had between 1901 and 1909 a studio in Linz in Austria.

Viktor Schauberger The naturalist, whose life was shrouded in mystery, went to school in Linz. He investigated the current laws of water.

The Austrian tenor, the “King of Bel Canto”, was born in the Hotel zum Schwarzen Bären in Linz‘s Herrengasse.

Josef Urbanski The transportation pioneer planned Europe‘s steepest adhesion railway, the Pöstlingbergbahn on Linz‘s local mountain.

Ludwig Wittgenstein In his youth, the philosopher spent a few years in Linz, where he also took his schoolleaving examination. His treatises founded new philosophical modes of thought.


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Sehenswürdigkeiten 17 Altes Rathaus 18 Keplerhaus 20 Stadtpfarrkirche 21 Jesuitenkirche (old cathedral) 22 Hauptplatz Und Dreifaltigkeitssäule 24 Martinskirche 26 Kremsmünstererhaus 27 Mozarthaus 28 Minoritenkirche 29 Landhaus 30 Mariendom (new cathedral) 31 Martin Luther Kirche 32 Karmelitenkirche 33 Ursulinenkirche 35 Tabakfabrik Linz 37 Neues Rathaus

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Erlebniswelt Pöstlingberg 38 Pöstlingbergbahn 39 Pöstlingberg-Wallfahrtsbasilika 40 Grottenbahn 41 Zoo Linz 44 Pöstlingberg Aussichtsplattform

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Museen und Ausstellungen 1 Ars Electronica Center 2 Lentos Kunstmuseum 3 Schlossmuseum Linz 4 Oö. Kulturquartier 5 Ok – Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich 6 Voestalpine Stahlwelt 7 Nordico – Stadtmuseum Linz 8 Linzgenesis 9 Landesgalerie Linz 10 Biologiezentrum 11 Stifterhaus 12 Linzer Museum für Geschichte der Zahnheilkunde 13 Pöstlingbergbahn–Museum 14 Atelierhaus Salzamt 15 Schloss Ebelsberg 16 Linzer Puppenwelt


Natur 42 Botanischer Garten 43 Franz-Josef-Warte 45 Wissensturm 46 Donaupark 47 Volksgarten 48 Südbahnhof




Bühnen 25 Landestheater Linz 49 U\Hof: Theater Für Junges Publikum 50 Stadtwerkstatt 51 Musiktheater Linz 36 Brucknerhaus 52 Posthof - Zeitkultur Am Hafen 53 Theater Phönix 54 Theater in der Innenstadt 55 Linzer Kellertheater 56 Kuddelmuddel Kinderkulturzentrum 57 Kulturzentrum Hof 58 Theater Maestro 59 Kulturhaus Reiman Einkaufen 60 Arkade Taubenmarkt 61 Passage Linz 62 Atrium City Center 63 LentiaCity


Treffpunkte 64 Stadion und TipsArena Linz 65 Design Center Linz 66 Oö. Landesbibliothek 67 Casino Linz 34 Architekturforum OÖ Volksküche


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