Linz is an industrial city in Austria. With nearly two hundred thousand inhabitants, it is the third largest city in Austria by population after Vienna and Salzburg. This city is an active river port on the Danube and the capital of the province of Upper Austria. The city is located almost halfway between Salzburg and Vienna and a short distance from the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic.
The city was founded by the Romans, who called it Lentia. During the Middle Ages it became an important commercial center along the Danube and was the seat of the provincial government of the Holy Roman Empire. For a short time, at the end of the fifteenth century, under Frederick III, it was also the main center of the Habsburg Empire.
Linz today is an interesting city with a beautiful old town dominated by Gothic and Baroque palaces, churches and houses. Linz is also the main river port of Austria, the city stands on the right bank of the Danube in a strategic position between Vienna and the border with Germany.
What to see: The attractions of Linz.
HOW TO GET
Car: The city is located in northern Austria. The city is easily accessible by highway from the countries bordering Austria.
The city also has a small airport. Linz Airport (Linz Blue Danube Airport) is located about 10 km from the city center. The airport is connected to the city’s public transport network via buses and trains that connect it to Hörsching station. The airport has flights with some European cities. To reach the city it is better to fly over Vienna whose airport is well served by flights with several European cities. From Vienna you can reach Linz via fast railway connections.
Bus: There are some direct bus connections between Linz and some European cities, it is possible to take advantage of the direct connections of Eurolines and Flixbus from European cities with Salzburg and Vienna.
Train: The city is located along the railway connecting Salzburg to Vienna, so it is easily accessible from several European cities.
HOW TO MOVE: URBAN TRANSPORT
Linz has a bus and tram network managed by AG Linien recently modernized with the use of new “Eurotram” and the construction of an underground loop at the central station. The same company also operates the Pöstlingberg tramway and the Pöstlingberg Grotto tramway.
The public transport network extends over 180 km, with over 730 stops. Tickets for the public transport network are on sale at automatic ticket machines at tram stops or in travel agencies, tobacconists, and tourist information offices.
The city is connected to nearby centers also by the Linzer Lokalbahn an integrated transport network with buses, trains and ships.
The climate of Linz.
ACCOMMODATIONS, APARTMENTS, B&B AND HOTELS
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