The city of Linz has some attractions to visit in its interesting historical center where there are baroque and renaissance buildings. Among the most beautiful buildings to visit are the Bishop’s Residence (Bischofshof), the Landhaus, seat of the regional parliament of Upper Austria, and the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus).
In the city center there is an ancient fortress of medieval origin, the Linzer Schloss, founded in 799, but modernized in 1477 at the behest of Frederick III of the Holy Roman Empire (Friedrich III). The castle is now home to the Upper Austria Museum (Schlossmuseum Linz), which exhibits archaeological objects, weapons and paintings.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AUSTRIAN SQUARES
In the center of the main square, one of the most beautiful Austrian squares, there is the Trinity Column, in white marble, 20 meters high was finished in 1723 by Sebastian Stumpfegger. The rectangular square is full of clubs and shops and is one of the tourist attractions of Linz. It is also worth taking a stroll along the pedestrian Landstrass, which in addition to the shops has interesting churches and monuments.
PANORAMA ON THE DANUBE
For a beautiful view of the city and the Danube, reach the Pöstlingberg hill, connected to the city center by a small tramway railway the Pöstlingbergbahn. Another of the child-friendly tourist attractions of Linz located in the Pöstlingberg is the Grotto railway. Built in 1906 in one of the towers of the fortification by the emperor Maximilian of Habsburg. Here is also the Pöstlingbergkirche, located in a beautiful position above the city, it was built in 1748.
Among the churches worth mentioning is the church of St. Martin (Sankt Martins), the oldest Austrian church, dated back to 799. The old baroque cathedral (Ignatiuskirche) was designed by Pietro Francesco Carlone, and was built between 1669 and 1678. The New Cathedral, (Mariendom), built between 1855 and 1924, is the largest in Austria. Inside it can accommodate up to 20,000 people, note the very high bell tower which reaches 134 meters in height.
Even in Linz there is a house where Mozart lived, the Mozarthaus. A Renaissance-style building, where the great musician lived in 1783 as a guest of the Count of Thun.
In the vicinity of Linz there is another of the attractions, the Stift of St. Florian, an Augustinian abbey that dates back to 819, but renovated in Baroque style in 1688. This abbey is famous for its ancient organs. Another interesting excursion can be made to Steyr, one of the best preserved old Austrian towns. Not far from Linz is also the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen.
WHAT TO SEE: LINZ MUSEUMS
The city of Linz was the capital of European culture in 2009. This city in Austria is home to several interesting museums, some of which are quite unique. If you plan to visit more than one museum it is advisable to buy the Linzer Museumskarte which with 12 € allows access to 11 different museums.
The Castle Museum (Schlossmuseum Linz, Tummelplatz 10, 4020 Linz). This museum, where weapons, musical instruments and coins are kept, is located inside the Renaissance castle of Linz. It hosts an interesting exhibition on the history of Upper Austria from prehistory to the Middle Ages and a collection of Gothic art, folk art and 19th century painting.
The Lentos Museum of Modern Art (Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz). Brand new museum which is among the most important museums of modern art in Austria. The museum contains thousands of modern works of art and numerous photographs.
The Federal State Gallery of Upper Austria (Landesgalerie Linz, Museumstraße 14, 4020 Linz). In addition to works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, this museum preserves the most important collection of works by Alfred Kubin, illustrator and important exponent of Austrian symbolism and expressionism.
Ebelsberg Castle (Schloss Ebelsberg, Schlossweg 7, 4030 Linz). Ebelsberg Castle houses the Military Collection of the Upper Austrian State Museums, “The Battle of Ebelsberg 1809” represented in three dioramas and the Navy Museum.
A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO THE HISTORY OF DENTISTRY
History Museum of Dentistry and Dental Technology in Upper Austria (Zahnmuseum, Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz). Museum suitable for dentists and for those who deal with the history of dental medicine, this museum is in fact dedicated to the history of dentistry and dental technology.
The Museum of the City of Linz – Nordic (Nordico – Museum der Stadt Linz, Dametzstraße 23, 4020 Linz). Museum consisting of two distinct museums, one dedicated to the history of Linz and the other (the Nordic) dedicated to science and cultural history exhibitions.
LinzGenesis (LinzGenesis -Stadtgeschichte im Zeitraffer, Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz). A museum that deals with the history of the city from its origins in the Neolithic period to the present day.
Literature Museum (OÖ. Literaturmuseum im StifterHaus, Adalbert-Stifter-Platz 1, 4020 Linz). Museum dedicated to literature through literary events held inside the museum located in the house of the painter and writer Adalbert Stifter.
Biology Center (Biologiezentrum Linz, Johann-Wilhelm-Klein-Straße 73, 4040 Linz), museum dedicated to botany and zoology, the ecopark is attached.
A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO ELECTRONIC ART
Future Museum (Ars Electronica Center – Museum der Zukunft, Graben 15, Ecke Dametzstraße, 4020 Linz). A museum dedicated to electronic art, the most modern techniques of technology in this field are represented.
Upper Austrian contemporary art center (OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Dametzstraße 30, 4020 Linz). A museum dedicated to contemporary art.
Upper Austrian Customs and Finance Museum (Zoll- und Finanzgeschichtliche Sammlung der OÖ. Landesmuseen, Finanzamt Urfahr, Kaarstraße 21, 4040 Linz). A museum dedicated to the history of customs and financiers.
Pöstlingberg Station Museum (Pöstlingbergbahn-Museum, Landgutstraße 19, 4040 Linz). A museum dedicated to the history of this old railway station.
The climate of Linz.
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