Fodor's To Europe!

photo | map
Days 8-9
Next stop: Vienna Previous stop: Dürnstein Return to full itinerary »

Linz is the capital of Upper Austria, and despite its "river town" history, there's plenty to see and do instead of simply passing by. With Baroque houses sprinkled throughout and a connection to both Bruckner and modern music, Linz is a haven for music lovers.

  • Art and Culture
  • Natural Beauty

Experiences

  • The four-story Schlossmuseum Linz is on the Tummelplatz. Considered to be one of the best provincial museums in the world, it includes re-creations of 19th-century Austrian homes and even Beethoven's Hamerklavier.
  • The Ars Electronica Museum, across the Nibelungen Bridge, features all sorts of nifty electronic exhibitions. The most popular is the "cave" where visitors don 3D glasses to give the sensation of flying over Linz's renaissance cathedrals.
  • Craving a linzertorte? Head to Traxlmayr, an old-school European coffeehouse, for one of the famed local almond cakes made with jam.

Festivals

  • Late September brings the Bruckner Festival; the famed composer was a local son.
  • The Ars Electronica festival, including a laser light show, is in mid-June.

Side Trips

  • St. Florian Abbey is one of Austria's most spectacular Baroque showpieces. Don't be fooled by the "Abbey" in the name; with a grand staircase and three cupolas, it's more of a palace than anything else.
  • The gothic town of Steyr, with a central square decked out in the Rococo style, is an oft-overlooked delight.

Advertisement