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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 2014


By the colourful Danube

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Linz.change(d), Make this slogan the programme for your Linz adventure. The focus is not on a contemplative look back at ruins, castles, palaces or churches. Go on a journey of discovery with the question in mind of what characterises a successful city in our times. You‘ll find many pointers that give you impulses, pose questions or provide you with new perspectives. Be curious and don‘t just look for the famous things. We‘d like to make connections for you, to broaden your tastes and horizons and tell you interesting stories that you can retell at home. During the day, with this booklet, and then with our hotel guide, a reader on the good night. And in-between with our guide to the restaurants in Linz.


We wish you many interesting days/hours by the colourful Danube in Linz – and are happy to help you further in our Tourist Information office, Altes Rathaus, which is open for you 365 days a year. Yours, Tourismusverband Linz

Scan the QR-code or visit linzcentre. to download the tour and get started now.

Contents S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S. S.

4 tips for a change in Linz 6 the Linz Top Ten 8 Linz tips: Danube 10 the Linz Top Ten: Music 12 the Linz Top Ten: Architecture & technology 14 the Linz Top Ten: Nature 16 the Linz Top Ten: Leisure time 18 Forum Metall: art by the Danube 20 Museums and exhibitions 32 Stage performances

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38 City sightseeing tour 40 Places of interest 44 Pöstlingberg Adventure World 46 Nature 50 Excursions in the surrounding area 52 Services and transport 55 Disability accessible facilities 56 Historical paths 66 Linz pioneers

Key These facilities are wheelchair accessible. City tour with personal assistant service at: More information 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 are noise bombardment free (no background music!) and are marked with this symbol. These attractions accept the Upper Austrian Family Card and other family cards, and offer particularly 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:


Our tips for a change in Linz In Linz, change is fundamental. The Danube’s change of course gave the city its name: Lentos (Celtic for curved, bending) from which the Roman fort Lentia derives. Progress and change shape the interplay of history, present, and future, which can be felt here in the culture, quality of life, and business. It is a positive change experienced by visitors and locals alike, since “They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom”, according to Confucius. Linz offers many opportunities to experience this change within yourself and in your surroundings. Allow yourself to be surprised and take the “wind of change” home with you.

Linz City Walking Tour

Austria Guides are the city’s insiders and invite you on an entertaining journey through time: You can discover stories of change, perspectives for the future, and experiences of the latest city events on the 1.5-hour walking tour. For times see page 38

Change of genre

The theatre and music scene in Linz is diverse. We recommend a change of genre. Why not the Posthof instead of the Brucknerhaus


for once, or vice versa? Why not see a play that is full of surprises? Openness to modern art and culture has the potential to provide new experiences.

The city of short distances

Take the bus or the tram for once, instead of travelling by car. New perspectives on the city will be opened up, and you’ll get to know the people of Linz!

Taste experience

Have you ever been to a Thai, Indian, Mongolian, or Japanese restaurant? Yes? Then try out the Upper Austrian cuisine with pub tapas or breakfast tapas, which allow you to widen your tastes. Try something new, be curious – Linz is the best place for that.

Turn a fresh page

Linz’s bookshops, libraries, the Upper Austrian Literature Museum, and the exhibition catalogues in Linz’s museums will motivate you to change. A new book provides impulses and broadens your horizons. Books about Linz allow you to immerse you in Linz’s history and present!

Styling à la Linz

The Linz hairdressers, and the fashionable clothes and shoe shops help you to change your appearance too.

A view of Linz

Look at the city from a new perspective: A city tour on the Danube to Linz’s harbour or one of the many viewpoints make these new insights possible. The Franz-Josefs-Warte, Pöstlingberg, the banks of the Danube in Alt-Urfahr, the Wissensturm, Sonnenpromenade by Aloisianum, voestalpine Stahlwelt – from here, there are views of the various districts. The 10 signposted city hiking trails lead you to many of these viewpoints.


A city trip is full of impressions and often includes long walks. So it sometimes does good to have a rest and enjoy some peace and quiet. Linz offers not only diverse nature within the city, but is also an Audio City – here, value is placed on a responsible attitude to noise. Noise bombardment free areas e.g. hotels, restaurants, and Linz’s numerous churches offer rest for your ears.


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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. Unforgettable: the view from the terrace over the rooftops of the city.

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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 Stephansdom in Vienna.

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With its baroque facades and the Trinity Column, the largest urban square in Europe is the ideal starting point for a city stroll along Landstraße. After Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, it is the most frequented shopping street in Austria.

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One of the emblems of the city. The striking pilgrimage basilica crowns Linz picturesquely, easily accessible via the steepest adhesion railway on the continent. Linz’s zoo, the popular fairy-tale world of the grotto railway, and a magnificent view of Linz await visitors on the hill.

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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.

Musiktheater Linz


The most modern opera house in Europe opened its doors for the first time in April 2013. Experience musical masterpieces in a breathtaking atmosphere.


Linz tips Danube Boat trip

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Escape the hustle and bustle, experience leisureliness and relaxation first hand – on a boat trip on the Danube.

Unique for long-distance hikers and excursionists: the 450-kilometre Donausteig hiking trail from Passau to Grein via Linz.


Romantic and moving: The Danube Cycle Path is one of the most attractive routes for recreational cyclists.

forum metall in the Donaupark presents large-format metal sculptures by contemporary, internationally renowned artists. See page 18

Danube so colourful

The changing play of colours as the facades of the Ars Electronica Center and the Lentos Kunstmuseum are reflected in the silent stream is a fascination, time and again. LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz The LENTOS Kunstmuseum truly has its finger on the pulse of art. (page 23) Ars Electronica Center Linz This museum of the future will inspire you with fascinating architecture and impressive exhibitions at the interface between art, technology, and society. (page 22) Brucknerhaus The world’s most important conductors have had the honour to be at the Bruckner Festival for forty years. Festivals accompany the artistic year in Linz’s concert hall. (page 33) Linzer Schloss With the restoration in modern architecture of the south wing, burnt down in 1800, an ensemble of historical and modern architecture emerged, which houses Austria’s largest universal museum in one location, as well as gastronomy. (page 24)

Culinary delights by the Danube

The restaurants by the water offer many opportunities for enjoyment with all the senses.

Danube boat trip Donauschiffahrt Wurm+Köck In summer, you can take a trip daily to Passau (except Mondays), and every Saturday through the Wachau to Krems or Vienna, returning on Sunday, with Donauschiffahrt Wurm+Köck. Enjoy special evening trips with music, good food, and dancing, or book one of the Danube boats for charter trips, company parties, or other events. ÖGEG steamship Schönbrunn Since 1912, the Schönbrunn, the oldest original steamship in Europe, has been casting its spell over guests on public trips. Tel. +43 664 5013068 or 0664 508 76 64 schiffART MS Helene On the MS Helene, group tours in and around Linz, as well as trips into the Danube valley are available. Duration of trip and route can be chosen. Harbour tours March–October & Advent: Every Sunday Departure: 3 pm Location: Pier at the Urfahr fairground area Price: Adults € 13.00 Children (6-14 years) € 6.50 pier Urfahrmarktgelände 4040 Linz Tel. +43 680 3336432 Donau Touristik The MS Kaiserin Elisabeth makes regular trips to Passau and Vienna. You can also hire the boat for charter trips (max. 600 persons). Lederergasse 4-12, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 2080

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Water skiing and wakeboarding are offered on the northern bank of the Danube for sporty visitors. Motor boat trips too, on request. Ottensheimerstraße 120, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 676 7353660

Daily harbour tours: 1 May to 5 October, 3 x daily except Monday (11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm) Departure from Lentos pier: Untere Donaulände 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 783607



The Linz Top Ten: Music Musical relaxation

Take a break in one of the café gardens on Hauptplatz and let yourself by inspired by the sounds of the Glockenspiel. Daily at 11.03 pm, 2.03 pm, and 5.03 pm. More information on page 41

Brucknerhaus Mariendom, churches

Experience extraordinary sound installations and musical delights at a concert in one of the many churches in the city. TIP: The concerts on Domplatz in front of the Mariendom, Austria’s largest church, have a very special atmosphere. More information on page 43

TipsArena, Stadium

Linz’s concert hall is named after Anton Bruckner, the great Linz composer. TIP: Experience the Klangwolke in the Donaupark. More information on page 33


The Posthof is one of Austria’s largest venues for contemporary cultural events, offering a stage for every category of the performing arts. More information on page 34

All year round, world-famous national and international artists pay visits to the TipsArena and the Stadium on Froschberg.

Festivals in the Donaupark 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, along the Danube.

Audio City

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

AEC – MainDeck

On the square in front of the Ars Electronica Center, the music pulsates: It is played through a smartphone or by the Stadtwerkstatt, a centre for young artists. TIP: Test out the SoundLab in the AEC and listen to a facade concert. More information on page 22

Musiktheater Linz

A firework display of sound awaits you in Europe’s most modern opera house. Operas, operettas, ballet, musicals, and much more can be experienced here. TIP: Tours of the building and the sound installations in the foyer are available. More information on page 32

Bruckner’s sound space

The organ designed by Anton ner is in the Ignatiuskirche. The ner Stairway leads up to the which can be visited with Austria More information on page 41

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The Linz Top Ten: Architecture and technology Bahnhofsviertel

The newly designed 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.

Tabakfabrik Linz

You’ll experience industrial design of the highest calibre in the Tabakfabrik. Designed by Peter Behrens, the former production site is now a centre for art and culture. More information on page 43

tions here. Don’t miss the nightly play of colours on the largest LED facade in Europe. More information on page 22

Musiktheater Linz

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. More information on page 32


The steepest adhesion railway in Europe takes you directly and in comfort from Hauptplatz to Pöstlingberg, one of the emblems of Linz. A relaxing journey between nature and technology is guaranteed. More information on page 44

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voestalpine Stahlwelt

The exhibition sweeps you off into the world of steel. Multimedia-based and interactive, this adventure world shows you what lies behind this product and the Austrian company. More information on page 26


solarCity is an extraordinary district of Linz. With its low-energy consumption design, it is an international flagship project for sustainable urban development.

The building by the Danube shapes the city silhouette decisively both by day and by night. The exhibition spaces, flooded with light, hold an art collection of international standing. A must for any visit to Linz. More information on page 23


This building is the largest church in Austria and will fascinate you not only as a vast sacred space but also with its exquisitely coloured stained-glass windows. The Mariendom, or New Cathedral, is a haven of tranquillity and an architectural masterpiece in one. Unforgettable: The view from the tower over Linz. More information on page 43


Architects and those interested in architecture meet in the former Volksküche Linz for discussions, lectures, and exhibitions.

Ars Electronica Center

The museum by the Danube offers you a glimpse of the future – robots, travel in 3D, clones – you’ll find answers to all your ques-



The Linz Top Ten: Nature Schlossmuseum

Austria’s largest universal museum houses an exciting exhibition on nature in Upper Austria, which will capture the imagination of young and old alike. More information on page 24

Botanical Gardens, Naturkundliche Station

The jewel on Froschberg is an oasis of relaxation in the middle of the city and will delight you all year round with the scent of the most beautiful flowers. TIP: Attend a talk held by the Naturkundliche Station, a nature observatory. More information on page 46

mountain bikes, are available from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz. More information on page 54

Pöstlingberg Adventure World

One of the emblems of Linz, offering rest and relaxation for the whole family. TIP: In good weather, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps. More information on page 44

Danube boat trip

Escape the hustle and bustle, experience leisureliness and relaxation first hand – on a boat trip to the upper Danube valley, for instance. More information on page 09


Whether for relaxation, sport, or culture – in the Donaupark you can get a taste of everything.


A nature reserve in the city? Is such a thing even possible? Here you can discover completely new sides of the European Capital of Culture 2009.

Would you like to find out more about nature and the environment? To explore Linz’s natural landscapes? Then come on a nature study excursion with Naturschauspiel in the TraunDonau-Auen nature reserve, a European Natura 2000 area. More information on page 46


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Traun-Donau-Auen nature reserve

The Ecopark surrounding the Biology Centre invites you to explore. In the museum, you can research unfamiliar areas of the Upper Austrian flora and fauna. More information on page 27

You’ll get unexpected views of flora at the Ars Electronica Center. It’s even possible to clone your favourite plant. More information on page 22

Danube Cycle Path

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. Maps of cycle routes around Linz, including those for e-bikes and



The Linz Top Ten: Leisure time Climbing

Secured by a rope, you can test yourself in one of Austria’s largest climbing centres.


On a city trip, there’s always time for shopping too. Landstraße is the second most frequented shopping street in Austria. With the Old Town, the many interesting side streets, and the shopping centres, Linz is a shopping El Dorado!


In the city centre and by Linz’s harbour there are cinemas that show both Hollywood and European films.


In Linz’s modern Bahnhofsviertel is the 63-metre “tower of knowledge”, in which the adult education centre Volkshochschule, the city library, and a restaurant are located.

Swimming pools

Linz’s swimming pools in the various districts offer wellness, sport, adventure for families, and fitness.



At Linz’s many markets, you can look around, browse, shop, and taste to your heart’s content. Groceries, flea markets, Christmas markets.


Make your fortune: Casino Linz is an elegant meeting place with top-quality cuisine and is sure to provide an entertaining evening.


10 city hiking trails and the Donausteig (450 km) from Passau to Grein encourage you to discover the city per pedes. You’ll find three permanent IVV hiking trails (Freinberg, Pöstlingberg, and Bachlberg) in Linz – starting on Hauptplatz.

Around Linz are Pleschingersee, Weikerlsee, and Pichlingersee, and swimming from the banks located in Urfahr of the Danube is also permitted. All lakes are accessible via public transport.


In addition to the Danube Cycle Path, Linz and its surroundings are the perfect location for cycling tours. Numerous e-bike charging stations are available, and maps for tours in and around Linz, as well as in the whole Danube-Vltava region are available from Tourist Information Linz. There are also routes and information at: For cycle hire see page 54


World-class art by the Danube Herbert Bayer, forum metall, and Peter Behrens The Donaupark in Linz, with its buildings and sculptures, allows you to follow the tracks of world-famous artists of the Bauhaus school and modern architecture. Here, you’ll encounter the works of greats like Herbert Bayer and Peter Behrens. With its collection and building, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz is the starting point for this exploration. Designed by the Zurich architects Weber & Hofer, the museum, which is impressive in its simplicity and forms part of the city skyline with the nightly illumination of its glass facade, has already become an emblem of Linz. As a result of a generous donation from the estate of his widow, Joella Bayer, in 2006, the Lentos Kunstmuseum now has 135 works from all periods of Bayer’s work, the largest Bayer collection of any Austrian museum. The Bauhaus artist, born in Haag am Hausruck (1900), apprenticed under Georg Schmidthammer in his applied arts studio. He always remained connected to the place of his childhood and for this reason, was keen


to contribute to the forum metall project. forum metall was founded in 1977 by Helmuth Gsöllpointner, then a professor at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, and Peter Baum, at that time the head of the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz; the project took the form of a public park with sculptures by national and international artists. The aim was to connect art and business, and through this cooperation, to point to Linz’s significant role as an industrial location and an up-and-coming art metropolis. Artists of international standing were invited to create large-format sculptures for the Donaupark. All the works were designed specially for Linz and produced in Austrian companies. In this unique collaboration between art and business, it was possible to produce an in-

comparable open-air ensemble of modern art. The striking works by Bayer, Paolozzi, Uecker, etc. were newly presented for Linz09 with a subtle lighting display by Rolf Derrer. If you look from the artwork towards the city centre, you’ll recognise another building that dominates the city skyline: the Tabakfabrik Linz. This was designed by the Bauhaus pioneer Peter Behrens and completed by his assistant Alexander Popp. Behrens, who worked with Le Corbusier, the great Bauhaus artist, among others, is regarded as a trailblazer of industrial design, and the Tabakfabrik Linz as one of his most impressive industrial buildings. The building, which is now owned by the city, is used as an event and cultural centre in the heart of Linz.

Exhibits of forum metall: “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 à Anton Bruckner” by Amadeo Gabino, 1998



Variety of a Capital of Culture


01 Museums and exhibitions

Ars Electronica Center museum of the future

1 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Rudolfstraße Situated directly on the Danube and in the centre of Linz, this “museum of the future” captivates the imagination with its extraordinary architecture and impressive exhibitions at the interface between art, technology, and society. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the mysteries of the human body, enter into communication with robots, or become designers of the future. Deep Space draws you into absorbing 2D and 3D visual worlds. The Ars Electronica Festival, famous far beyond Austria’s borders, takes place annually at the beginning of September. Many interesting prizewinners have taken one

Family Tour: Every Sat, Sun & public holidays 11.30 am and 3.30 pm, duration: 1.5 hours, advance booking re­commended ­ Adventure trip (for children aged 6-10 without their parents) Every Sat, Sun & public holidays 3 pm, duration: 1.5 hours, advance booking recommended Information & Booking: Ars Electronica Center Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 7272 0


of the Golden Nica Awards home since 1974, e.g. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, for the invention of hypertext, John Lasseter (one of the founders of Pixar Animation Studios) for his animation Luxo Jr., Wikipedia and Creative Commons, and Linus Torvalds for the development of the operating system kernel Linux.

Opening hours: Tue, Wed & Fri 9 am–5 pm Thu 9 am–9 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–6 pm Closed Mon 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! Highlights Tours: Tue, Wed & Fri 11 am & 3 pm, Thu 11 am & 3 pm Sat, Sun & public holidays 11 am, 3 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 LENTOS­­Kunst­ museum truly has its finger on the pulse of art. Its trademarks are the modern architectural design, which shapes the cityscape of Linz decisively, and its high-

FAMILIES and CHILDREN: LENTOS Studio (for children aged 6–13) Sat 10 am–12 noon during term time, Wed 3–5 pm during school holidays, must be booked in advance. TIP: Inspector LENTOS’ Mystery Chest for the whole family (for children aged 4+) Los Lentoniños – A different programme every month, specially for children aged 4–6. Every second Saturday of the month from 3 pm to 4.30 pm, must be booked in advance. More information: Information LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 3600

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!

Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10 am–6 pm Thu 10 am–9 pm, Closed Mon (except on public holidays) Prices: Adults € 8.00, reduced rate I € 6.00, reduced rate II € 4.50 With Family Card: € 14.50 Free admission for children under 7! Public tours: Thu 7 pm, Sun 4 pm Architecture Tour: July–September 2014 on selected Sundays, at 11 am Summer in the Country: Tour of the sculptures in the Donaupark, July–September 2014, on selected Sundays, at 11 am More information:


01 Museums and exhibitions

Schlossmuseum Linz

3 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz Upper Austria at a glance. Schlossmuseum Linz has exhibitions on the history of nature, culture, art, and technology in Upper Austria on an area of over 18,000 m2. The modern reconstruction of the south wing, burnt down in 1800, made the Linzer Schloss Austria’s largest universal museum in one location in 2009. An extensive programme for children and families is offered. TIP: Get 2 for 1 – visit the Schlossmuseum and the Landesgalerie on the same day with one ticket.

FAMILIES and CHILDREN: The Schlossmuseum offers an extensive programme for children and families. More information: Family Sunday – 6 times a year (for children aged 6+), Free admission with the Family Card. Creative workshops and holiday activities (for children aged 6+) Information & Booking Schlossmuseum Linz Schlossberg 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 774419 31 (in the morning)


Opening hours: Tue, Wed & Fri 9 am–6 pm Thu 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 Free admission for children under 6

OÖ. Kulturquartier


OK – Offenes Kulturhaus im OÖ Kulturquartier


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 and 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: Höhenrausch 4, the exhibition on the rooftops of the city June 27 to October 19, 2014

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 2 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: Information available at


01 Museums and exhibitions

voestalpine Stahlwelt

5 Linz Linien bus/tram: 25 – Betriebsgebäude 41 voestalpine Stahlwelt is a globally unique adventure world on the theme of steel. Austria’s largest industrial site reveals the latest technologies in steel production. The route 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. plant tour. Duration: approx. 3 hours For safety reasons, it is not possible for children under the age of 6 to take part in the plant tour. TIP: Understand the world of steel in a handson way with Ferry and 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 tour of the plant 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 Plant tour: €8.00 Free admission for children under 6 Book the plant tour here:

NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz




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

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Dornach

NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz houses an extensive collection of art, photography, archaeology, and folklore. The building is an interconnected, lively, and educational facility for storytelling and innovative museum work, and stands for Linz’s identity in the context of the city’s history.

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 m2. Equally well worth seeing is the one-hectare Ecopark, which contains plants and trees native to the region.

Information & Booking NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz Dametzstraße 23, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1912

FAMILIES and CHILDREN The Biology Centre regularly offers events and workshops for children and families.

Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10 am–6 pm Thu 10 am–9 pm Closed Mon (except on public holidays) Prices: Adults € 6.50, reduced rate € 4.50 Family ticket: € 11.00 Free admission for children under 7

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 Price: Free admission

Tours: Thu 6 pm, Sun 3 pm

Tours: Sun 2 pm


01 Museums and exhibitions

Landesgalerie Linz

8 Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Taubenmarkt; 26, 27 – Museumstraße Landesgalerie Linz was founded in 1855 on the initiative of Adalbert Stifter for the “enlightenment and education of the bourgeoisie”. Today, it is the main museum of the Upper Austrian Provincial Museums, and was also called “Francisco-Carolinum”. It was built until 1895, according to the plans of the Berlin architect Bruno Schmitz. Today, the Landesgalerie is the museum for Upper Austrian modern and contemporary art. The collection of Landesgalerie Linz includes around 100 paintings, sculptures, and installations, as well as the world’s largest collection of works by the Austrian illustrator and

writer Alfred Kubin. In addition, the museum houses an important photography collection. TIP: Get 2 for 1 – visit the Schlossmuseum and the 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 mondays (except public holidays)

Children’s opening 3 times a year, free admission with the Family Card Creative workshops and holiday activities (for children aged 6+)

Prices: Adults € 6.50, reduced rate € 4.50 Family ticket: € 9.00 Free admission for children under 6

Information & Booking Landesgalerie Linz Museumstraße 14, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 774482 49 (in the morning)

Tours: Sun 2 pm & 3 pm



Linzer Museum für Geschichte der Zahnheilkunde

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

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

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. Here you can, for example, see the original manuscript of Stifter’s Witiko (written 1865– 1867).

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).


Opening hours Library: Mon, Tue & Thu 8 am–1 pm and 2–5 pm; Wed & Fri 8 am–1 pm Literaturmuseum & Stifter Memorial Room: Tue–Sun 10 am–3 pm Gallery: During exhibitions Tue–Wed 10 am–3 pm Thu–Sun 10 am–6 pm Information & Booking StifterHaus, OÖ Literaturmuseum Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 1, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7720 11294 Prices: Free admission

Information & Booking Linzer Museum für Geschichte der Zahnheilkunde Im Alten Rathaus, Hauptplatz 1 4020 Linz Opening hours: Prices: Free admission


01 Museums and exhibitions

Pöstlingbergbahn Museum


Atelierhaus Salzamt


Linz Linien bus/tram: 3 – Landgutstraße

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

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.

For 2009, the year that Linz was the European Capital of Culture, the Salzamt was renovated by the City of Linz and equipped with artists’ studios. Now, it is a place of international artist exchange. The studios are available for artists to use as a basis and workshop for the development of their creative work. In the 170-m2 exhibition room on the ground floor of the Salzamt, works produced in Linz are exhibited. Lectures, discussions, presentations, and other events also take place here. As part of the Open Studio Days, the studios are opened several times a year to give art lovers an insight into the everyday life of the artists. Visits to the studios can also be booked by schools as part of art education.

Information & Booking Pöstlingbergbahn Museum Landgutstraße 19, 4040 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 7406 Opening hours: 1 March–1 November Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am–4 pm Prices: Free admission


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

Foto: Maybach

Cowboy Museum

3day 2 nights s/ from

€ 99,– p.p. in a dou room ble

Linz Linien bus/tram: 11, 19 – Klettfischerweg

5,000 exhibits give a glimpse of the life and outfits of cowboys. Exciting (guided) tours start hourly to discover the time of the great cattle drives. The Lakota Sioux imparts his wisdom to those interested and shares his knowledge with all those who occupy themselves with the spiritual meaning of life.

Information & Booking „Cowboy Museum FATSY“ Traundorferstraße 266 4030 Linz/Pichling Tel. +43 732 791855 or +43 676 5945423 Opening hours: May 3–July 28, 2014; Saturday and Sunday 1–6 pm; open for groups at any time, with advance booking. Prices: Free admission Tours: Adults € 7.00, reduced rate € 3.00

Linz weekend Danube 2014 Discover Linz, the European Capital of Culture, which has turned into a colourful and bright city on the river Danube.

We are open 7 days a week! Tourist Information Linz Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz Tel +43 732 7070 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


02 Stage performances

Musiktheater Linz new and modern


Schauspielhaus 43 Kammerspiele Promenade Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Goethekreuzung; 12, 17, 19, 27 – Musiktheater

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

The opening on April 11, 2013 of the Musiktheater – Europe’s most modern opera house, designed by the famous architect Terry Pawson – marked 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.

In addition to the classics, the playhouse on the Promenade places particular emphasis on young Austrian playwrights. Moreover, Landestheater Linz sees it as its mission to turn stories, images, and sounds, both well known and forgotten, startling and never before experienced, into up-to-date, intimate encounters. Success with the public is just as much a part of its goal as the conquering of new artistic dimensions.

TIP: Tours behind the scenes and in the modern opera house are offered regularly. In the foyer, sound stations have been set up, which are just asking to be tried out. The adjacent restaurant offers culinary delights by Gault Millau chef Toni Mörwald.

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


Information & Tickets Landestheater Linz Promenade 39, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 800 218 000 or +43 732 76 11 0

u\hof: Theatre for young audiences



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

Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Brucknerhaus

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

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

With the Bruckner Festival and the Genre Festivals all year round, 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). A special programme element is dedicated to musical education, and labelled or midi. music.


02 Stage performances

Posthof Contemporary culture at the harbour


Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Posthofstraße; 46 – Hafen

Kuddelmuddel Kinderkulturzentrum

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

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.

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. TIP: Linz’s Kinderklangwolke on September 13, 2014 2014

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

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


Theater Phönix


Theater in der Innenstadt


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2 – Unionkreuzung

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

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

Entertaining plays, cabarets, and musicals in a family atmosphere.

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

Linzer Kellertheater

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

Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz 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 the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz in 1979. Initially created as a reaction against “the concreting-over 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

Tribüne Linz – Theater am Südbahnhofmarkt


Puppenkistlbühne in Linz-Urfahr


Information & Tickets Eisenhandstraße 43, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 699 11399844

Information & Tickets Leonfeldnerstraße 10, 4040 Linz–Urfahr Tel. +43 664 4377849

Theater Maestro



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

Information & Tickets ATW Theater Salzburger Straße 205, 4030 Linz

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

KAPU Information & Tickets Kapuzinerstraße 36, 4020 Linz

Ticket offices Kartenbüro Pirngruber Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm, Sat 9 am–5 pm, July and August: 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 walking tours with austriaguides

City tours on the Linz City Express

Take a stroll through the past all the way up to the present with Austria Guides. On the Linz City Walking 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 for tours in German: March 1–April 7, 2014 ONLY Sat, Sun & Mon. daily April 12–October 31, 2014 November 1–December 29, 2014 ONLY Sat, Sun & Mon., 11 am, starting from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz. Route: Hauptplatz – Castle, Old Town, Promenade, Mariendom Duration: approx. 1.5 hours Prices: € 9.00 p.p. € 6.00 p.p. with the Linz Card Children aged up to 14 and accompanied by their families: free No need to book! Linz. change(d), Evening Stroll May 1–September 30, 2014 Mon–Thu, duration: approx. 1 hour 6 pm, starting from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz; A relaxed end to the day with a short city sightseeing tour and a glass of wine to finish. Prices: € 9.00 p.p.; for hotel guests it is free

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 on the train!

Times: Jan–Feb 10 am–4 pm daily March–April 10 am–5 pm daily May–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

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

Guided tours with state-certified Austria Guides in Linz and the surrounding area inform you 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 part of this shelter, in order to learn more about the construction of and the experience of staying in the Limoni tunnels.

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.

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.

Tours must be booked at:

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

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


04 Places of interest

Historical buildings

Altes Rathaus



16 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 and the unusual museum of dentistry. In the entrance area are plaques portraying four famous figures from Linz. Anton Bruckner (1824–1896) More information on page 60 Johann Adam Pruner (1672–1734) Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) More information on page 56 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 Emperor Friedrich III are buried here. TIP for pilgrims: the statue of St. Jacob.

Opening hours: 9 am–6 pm daily Services: Tue 6.30 pm Sun 9.15 am, 11.15 am Pfarrplatz 20, 4020 Linz

Kremsmünstererhaus 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.

View of the church through a glass door; interior can only be visited with a city guide. Römerstraße 1, 4020 Linz



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. Altstadt 10, 4020 Linz

Jesuitenkirche 17 Linzer Schloss (Old Cathedral) Built by the Jesuits from 1669 to 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. More information on page 60

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 Trinity Column


The imposing 20-metre-high Trinity Column, which was completed in 1723, is made of white­marble. A typical symbol of the baroque period, it was built 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 that, with an area of about 13,200 m2, 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: Listen to the sounds of the Glockenspiel. Depending on the season, you’ll be entertained with Christmas carols, the national anthem, or masterpieces by Mozart, Haydn, or Bruckner!


In a deed of gift from the time of Charles the Great, the “castle at Linz” and 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 the Earth is subject to Austria). The Emperor designated Linz the provincial capital, as the temporary centre of the Habsburg Empire. Then, in the 17th century, under Rudolf II, the castle which today houses the Schlossmuseum was built. The great citywide 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 that Linz was the European Capital of Culture. Austria’s largest universal museum in one location can be found here. TIP: On the terrace, you can see the world’s second-largest cast-iron model city! More information on page 24


04 Places of interest



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. Altstadt 17, 4020 Linz



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 walking tours. Don’t miss the Italian-style arcaded courtyard with its Planets Fountain. Johannes Kepler taught here, at the Protestantische Landschaftsschule, a Protestant Latin school for young nobles, for 14 years. Landhausplatz 1, 4020 Linz



Martin Luther Kirche

25 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 Martin Johann Schmidt (“Kremser Schmidt”). Originally, the church belonged to the Minorite monastery founded in 1236. Klosterstraße 7, 4020 Linz Tel. +42 732 772011364

Thanks to the Patent of Tolerance issued by 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. Opening hours: Mon–Fri except Wed 8 am–12 noon Services: Sun 9.30 am Martin-Luther-Platz 2, 4020 Linz


Mariendom (Neuer Dom)


Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Mozartkreuzung; 45, 46 – Mariendom As the biggest church in Austria, the “New Cathedral”, completed in 1924, offers seating for approx. 20,000 people. 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 very suitable for families and children aged 5 and upwards. 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 English mass Sunday 4.30 pm Sun 9 am (children’s mass, except on high feast days and in the holidays), 10 am (High Mass), 11.30 am & 6.15 pm Cathedral tours (only with advance booking): 1-hour cathedral tour, opportunity to climb the tower, Torchlight Tour, High Walkway Tour, Stained-Glass Windows Tour DomCenter Herrenstraße 36, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 946100 Opening hours: Tue–Sat 10 am–1 pm and 2–5 pm (October–May) Tue–Sun 10 am–1 pm and 2–5 pm (June–September)


26 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 am–12 noon and 3 pm–6.30 pm Sun 6 am–12 noon and 3 pm–6.30 pm Services: Mon–Sat 7.15 am, 10 am, 5.30 pm, Sun 6.30 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am & 5.30 pm Landstraße 33, 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 Service: Mon–Fri 12.15 pm (except in the summer holidays), Sun & public holidays 8 pm Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz

Tabakfabrik Linz

28 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 m2), and its functionality down to the smallest details, this industrial edifice, built from 1929 to 1935 by the internationally acclaimed architect Prof. Peter Behrens, is today regarded as a monument of modern European industrial architecture.

Ludlgasse 19, 4020 Linz


05 Pöstlingberg Adventure World

Pöstlingberg Adventure World

Pöstlingberg33 Wallfahrtsbasilika

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

Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Pöstlingberg


32 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.

Summer timetable: April 1–October 31 until 10.30 pm daily (final descent), Winter timetable: 1 November–31 March until 9.30 pm daily (final descent) Prices: Ascent and descent, adults € 5.80, reduced rate € 3.00 Ascent or descent, adults € 3.50, reduced rate € 1.80. Tickets are available from the ticket machine at the station, or from Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz.


Enjoy the breathtaking 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.

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 Sun & public holidays 9.05 am, 10.30 am, 4.30 pm



Feel like a break? Visit the restaurants on Pöstlingberg, Linz’s local mountain, for a relaxed end to the day or a lunchtime break in your visit to Linz, and let yourself be treated to culinary delicacies.



Zoo Linz


Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Pöstlingberg

Linz Linien bus/tram: 50 – Tiergarten

On the grotto railway, you can take the dragon express 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 fauna in Linz’s zoo. It’s located halfway to Pöstlingberg (reachable via the Pöstlingbergbahn). 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: March 1–May 31 10 am–5 pm June 1–August 31 10 am–6 pm September 1– November 1 10 am–5 pm Advent Sundays: 10 am–5 pm December 8 10 am–5 pm December 24 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: March 30–October 26 2014: 9 am–7 pm (last admission 6 pm) October 27, 2014–March 2015: 9 am–7 pm (last admission 4 pm) Prices: Adults € 4.90, children (aged 6–13) € 2.00 Senior citizens € 3.50 With Family Card € 4.50


06 Nature

Botanical Gardens



38 Linz Linien bus/tram: 27 – Botanical Gardens

Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Vergeinerstraße

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

After climbing 100 steps, you’ll be rewarded with 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: January–March 10 am–4 pm April–May 9 am–6 pm June–September 8 am–8 pm October 9 am–5 pm November and December 10 am–4 pm Franz-Josefs-Warte-Freinberg, 4020 Linz

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 December 24, 25 & 31 and January 1

Johannes-Kepler Sternwarte


Linz Linien bus/tram: 26 – Aloisianum

Prices: Adults € 3.00, reduced rate € 2.00 Family ticket € 5.00

Take a closer look at the stars. This observatory, which opened in 1983, offers public talks and courses on astronomy.

Botanischer Garten Roseggerstraße 20–22, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 1860

Johannes-Kepler-Sternwarte Sternwarteweg 5, 4020 Linz




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Hotspots Use this free springboard 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.

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

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.



Excursions in the surrounding area Linz lies not only at the centre of Europe, but also at the heart of Upper Austria, surrounded by landscapes that inspire passion. Many excursion destinations can thus be reached in a short time. In addition, there are 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a radius of 200 km.

Donausteig and Danube Cycle Path


Deutschland Schärding

Passau, the city on three rivers 120 km


Bad Füssing Therme Geinberg

Bad Scha Ried


Thermenwelt Oberösterreich



Eben St. Wolfgang


Salzburg Panorama Tour Salzkammergut 130 km


City of Salzburg 135 km


Bad Ischl

UNESCO World Heritage Site Hallstatt 130 km

-Region Tschechien UNESCO World Heritage Site Ceský Krumlov 75 km

Mühlviertel Museum Route 60 km

Cesky Krumlov


Vyssi Brod


Bad Leonfelden


Enns 26 km

Bad Zell

LINZ Eferding



Enns St. Florian




Steyr Bad Hall

Romantic Steyr 47 km



Weyer Markt Nationalpark Kalkalpen

UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Cultural Landscape 160 km



Phyrn Priel region 90 km Experience wilderness in the Kalkalpen National Park and recharge your batteries in the mountains.

Route of Emperors and Kings

Romantic landscape by the Danube, the provincial capital St. Pölten, famous winegrowing region, and Melk’s Benedictine abbey.

St. Florian 22 km


10 Services and transport

Tourist Information Linz

Tourism service centres Linz Linien bus/tram: 1, 2, 3 – Hauptplatz 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 Linz Hauptbahnhof is one of Austria’s most attractive railway stations. Opening hours: Mon–Sat 7 am–7 pm, Sun & public holidays 7 am–8 pm Hauptbahnhof Linz Bahnhofsplatz 1, 4020 Linz ÖBB – Austrian Federal Railways Tel. +43 5 1717, WESTbahn rail service Tel. +43 1 899 00, WESTbus Tel. +43 1 899 00,


Brochures about Linz are also available at our tourism service centres: 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 Other service centres: Ars Electronica Center, Ars-Electronica-Str. 1 voestalpine Stahlwelt,Voestalpine-Straße 4 Café Glockenspiel, Hauptplatz 18 Design Center Linz, Europaplatz 1 DomCenter Linz, Herrenstraße 36 Linz City Express, Hauptplatz Grottenbahn am Pöstlingberg Jindrak Konditorei, Herrenstraße 22 Josef Linz, Landstraße 49 Pöstlingberg-Schlössl, Pöstlingberg 14 Schiffstation Wurm+Köck, Untere Donaulände 1

Public transport

Blue Danube Airport Linz

On the “LINZ ORIENTATION” city map, you’ll find information on the LINZ AG LINIEN route map, the journey times and prices, directions for getting to Linz, on blue danube airport Linz, the parking guidance system, taxis, and much more.

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

LINZ AG LINIEN Trams and buses Tickets are available from the ticket machines, tobacconists, Tourist Information on Hauptplatz and the LINZ AG LINIEN ticket office. Hauptplatz 34, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 3400 7000 LILO Linzer Lokalbahn Local railway between Linz and Peuerbach Bahnhofplatz 2a, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 600703 WILIA BUS Bus connection between Wilhering Please note that large groups (e.g. school classes) must book in advance, before travelling, to avoid problems involving places or transport. Linzer Straße 14, 4073 Wilhering Tel. +43 7226 2255 0

It can be reached by taxi: (aprox. € 33.00 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: (departs 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 and from/ to the Flughafen Hörsching airport stop. Flight connections to Linz: Through Austrian Airlines (, Lufthansa (, and Etihad (, Linz is connected with the entire world via the hub airports of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Zurich. Ryanair (, flyniki (www., Mistral Air (, Alitalia (, Germania (www., SunExpress (, Tunisair (, Etihad Regional ( offer flights to a wide variety of destinations.

blue danube airport Linz Flughafenstraße 1, 4063 Hörsching Tel. +43 7221 600 1101


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Bicycle rental service Donau Touristik Bicycle pick-up times: April–September Mon–Sun 8 am–6 pm 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, Vienna/Käpt’n Otto Restaurant

Bicycle repair workshops Tools for small repairs are available at Tourist Information Linz on Hauptplatz. Brückl Horst GmbH & Co KG Advice, sales, servicing, repair, collection Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–6 pm Sat 9 am–12 noon Dametzstraße 5, 4020 Linz Tel. +43 732 777276 Radsport Kiesel Opening hours: Mon–Thu 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


08 Disability accessible facilities

Disability accessible facilities in Linz Linz offers people with disability 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:

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, 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! Tourist Information Linz 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–Sep: Mon–Sat 9 am–7 pm Sun & public holidays 10 am–7 pm


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Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) Keplerhaus 15 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. Landhaus with the Planets Fountain 23

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. More information on page 42


Keplerstatue Today, you can still meet Kepler in the Schlosspark as a statue. Johannes Kepler University Linz In 1975, Linz’s university was named after the universal genius. Kepler sculptures at the Posthof Linz 46 To mark the 500-year celebration, the City of Linz commissioned an ensemble 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 School, now the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz); these sculptures are now on display at the Posthof. Schlossmuseum technology exhibition 3 At 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. More information on page 24

OÖ Landesbibliothek 62 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 medieval 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.

space. The “Uniview” presentation (a journey through our galaxy) can be seen daily during opening hours. More information on page 22 Johannes Kepler Sternwarte Linz 41 Not far from the radio transmitter high on Linz’s Freinberg stands the Johannes Kepler Observatory of the Astronomical Society of Linz, which has approx. 200 members.

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. The computer-controlled 50-cm reflector telescope is regularly put into operation for events and guided tours. More information on page 46

You can go on expeditions to spheres that can’t be seen by the human eye, to historical sites, or fantastic places, such as outer


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Adalbert Stifter (1805–1868) StifterHaus 10 Adalbert Stifter’s former home. More information on pages 29

The Stifter experience in Upper Austria:

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

Stifter-Villa In Kirchschlag near 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, literary works, and artwork. 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 that 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 Schwarzenberg Canal/Švarcenberský plavební kanál to the border crossing at Schöneben. In the Czech Republic, the hiking route runs via Zadni Zvonková. You can reach the town of Stifter’s birth, Horní Planá, by taking a ferry over the Lipno reservoir. 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 admired for his improvisations, above all. Historical Bruckner Organ in the Old Cathedral 17 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”.

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. More information on page 41 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 Anton Bruckner Private 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.

One special highlight is the visit to the


Brucknerhaus 45 More information on pages 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.

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 Anton Bruckner’s music. The house is open from April to October 2014. 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. TIP: Attend a concert by the famous boys’ choir.

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 medieval town in size. Despite the lack of visible monuments here, traces of its rich Roman past have been discovered at over 100 sites.


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At the crossing point of prehistoric longdistance 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 LinzGenesis museum. A burial ground of Late Antiquity on the slopes 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. DANUBE 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 5,500 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 the limes, too, the numerous military camps and guard posts, testimonies to a history of almost 500 years, still shape the Austrian cultural landscape along the Danube. Compared to other European sections of the 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.


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. More information on page 24

The Roman experience in Upper Austria: ENNS / LAURIACUM See tips for excursions in Upper Austria on page 50 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 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. 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 of the Eferding city museum, at the presbytery, and on information boards in public places.

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 “HermannGöring-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. 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: From 9 am–5.30 pm daily (last admission 4.45 pm);

closed: 24–26 & 31 Dec and 1 Jan 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.

Opening hours: Mon and Fri 9 am–3 pm Tue to Thu: 9 am–4 pm Sun & public holidays 10 am–5 pm (closed Sat) Prices: Free admission to the memorial Admission to the Value of Life exhibition: Adults € 3.00, reduced rate € 2.00 Admission + tour: Adults € 5.00 and reduced rate € 3.00 (must be booked in advance) Schlossstraße 1, 4072 Alkoven Tel. +43 7274 6536 546


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Further reading and further questions are always possible in the publications of the Archives of the City of Linz or by directly contacting the Archivs der Stadt Linz 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 recreational landscape underneath which history lies hidden. Duration of the audio trail: 96 min, please allow approx. 25 min for the way back. Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9 am–5.30 pm Closed December 25–26, 2014 Jannuar 1, 2015. Reservation of and information on audio players at: +43 664 526 71 14 Georgestraße 6, 4222 Langenstein


Contemporary historical tours of the air-raid shelter Guided tours with state-certified Austria Guides in Linz and the surrounding area inform you 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 part of this shelter, in order to learn more about the construction of and the experience of staying in the Limoni tunnels. More information on page 39 “LINZ HISTORY” 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.

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 KubinKabinett, a space containing over 4,000 works.

The Bauhaus artist, born in Haag am Hausruck (1900), apprenticed under Georg Schmidthammer in his applied arts studio. He then studied and taught at the state-run Bauhaus school in Weimar, and is regarded as one of the founders of the professional field of graphic design. His works were denounced as “degenerate” during the Nazi regime. In 1937 he emigrated to the USA, where he continued his creative work.

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. More information on page 28

His works are among the most valuable classic photographs. LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz has the most extensive collection of his graphical œuvre in the world. Through his connection to Linz, he is also one of the most important members of forum metall. TIP: Relax in the Donaupark and admire his Fountain Sculpture!


Linz pioneers, revolutionaries, and 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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Free admission to Linz museums and exhibitions Free transport on buses and trams of LINZ AG LINIEN Reductions on tourist services and places of interest NEW: € 10.00 Danube Culture Voucher

Additional offers with the 3-day card • Ticket for 1 x ascent and descent on the Pöstlingbergbahn • € 5.00 Gastro Voucher Available at Tourist Information on Hauptplatz, at Linz Central Station, in numerous hotels and selected museums in Linz. Price 1-day Linz Card € 15.00 (reduced rate € 10.00) 3-day Linz Card € 25.00 (reduced rate € 20.00) Information and Booking Tourist Information Linz Tel. +43 732 7070 2009

LEGAL NOTICE: Publisher: Tourismusverband Linz, Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 2, 4020 Linz; Picture credits: Provided not otherwise stated, the pictures have been provided by the following different institutions: Ars Electronica Center, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen, voestalpine Stahlwelt, Botanischer Garten, Linz AG Linien, Linzer Tiergarten, Brucknerhaus, Kinderkulturzentrum Kuddelmuddel, Landestheater, Donauschiffahrt Wurm+Köck, Donausteig, Picture archive of Tourismusverband Linz: Erich Goldmann, Lukas Eckerstorfer, Johann Steininger, Andreas Kepplinger, Andreas Balon. Contents/Implementation: Georg Steiner, Gisela Müller, Andrea Plank. Printed by: kb offset. Design: the pixlbox – Lukas Eckerstorfer. Drawings: Bianca Fels. Information as of March 2014

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