City Highlights and Suggested Partner Programs

Guided city tour:
Fascinating and full of variety. Experience at first hand the city's economic and cultural history, amaze at the highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2009. Follow the trail of the city's unique story of success, a story marked by never-ending change. Discover Linz on a variety of guided walks with Austria Guides.

To be arranged at: or mobile: +43/ 650/ 2009 009
foreign languages possible

Segway tour:
The different kind of city tour. Using Segways - battery-driven almost silent intuitively controlled electric scooters - you hover without effort to the castle, up the Pöstlingberg or to the Wissensturm as if on a plan.

Ars Electonica Centre (AEC):
The Ars Electronica Centre - the museum of the future - has been extended to provide 6,500 m2 of exhibition space and adorns the left bank of the Danube with its LED illuminated glass forms reminiscent of a ship.

The spectacular new AEC provides a unique platform for digital arts and explores the relationship between social and artistic aspirations and the huge potential of new technologies. The many interactive installations allow the visitor to experiment, research and experience the future.

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday, Sunday, public holiday: 10am - 6 pm
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)

The Castle Museum / Schlossmuseum Linz:
The Castle Museum is the largest universal museum in Austria on one site. The permanent exhibitions provide a virtual tour of the cultural, natural and scientific history of Upper Austria and there are numerous temporary exhibitions on special themes. A very interesting permanent exhibition since January 2010 is the "Upper Austria Technology", which shows an exhibition about the development of technology, economy and science.

The new southern wing of Linz Castle provides a breathtaking view of the whole city.

Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 10am - 5pm
Closed on Mondays

Voestalpine - World of Steel / Voestalpine Stahlwelt:
The World of Steel exhibition and visitor centre at voestalpine AG gives fascinating insight into the production of steel in every conceivable form. It is a place for encounters, where people get to know steel and voestalpine as well as enjoy multimedia experiences. The one-of-a-kind design of the architecture and the exhibition creates a unique interplay between the transmission of knowledge and hands-on experiences.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 10am - 6pm
Closed on Mondays

Lentos - Museum of Art / Lentos Kunstmuseum:
On the right bank of the Danube just a few steps from the city centre, Lentos Museum of Art, provides a perfect architectural counterpoint, clad in mysterious black glass by day, and neon colours by night. Masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century can be viewed in here in changing exhibitions and world class artists such as Klimt, Schiele and Warhol feature in the broad palette of modern art.

Opening hours:
daily: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 9pm
No closing day

Botanical Garden:
The Botanical Garden on the "Gugl" are among the most beautiful in Europe. Over an area of 43,000 m2, there are more than 10,000 various types of plants to admire. In the five greenhouses the splendour of exotic specimens predominates the garden's unique collection of cacti, the finest in Europe.

The natural conditions allow the exhibited plants to be grouped in complete landscapes, so that visitors can imagine they are in the middle of the plant's natural habitat.

Special shows and exhibitions throughout the year present special attractions.

Opening hours:
8am - 5pm (November - February)
8am - 6pm (March and October)
8am - 7pm (April and September)
730 am - 730 pm (May - August)
Closed from December 24 till January 6.

Not only the children get excited when visiting the Pöstlingberg. Following the ride up on the historic Pöstlingbergbahn mountain tram, it is only a few paces to the pilgrimage basilica, the panorama viewing platform and the Grottenbahn cave railway, where the mascot, Sebastian, awaits in his fairytale world and the Dragon Express runs through the shimmering kingdom of the dwarves.

Shopping with tradition:
The Landstrasse offers the best shopping in Linz in tastefully decorated establishments - from international brand flagship stores to small, intimate boutiques - while three inner city shopping centres provide plenty of opportunity to savour, stroll and buy something special. And it's always worth a detour into the side streets, such as Spittelwiese, Bethlehem, Bischof or Herrenstrasse in search of small, independent speciality shops.

The choice of gastronomy is legion - visitors are tempted by culinary delights from cuisine near and far. Great service, an excellent choice of menus and city sophistication, combined with top quality entertainment, make dining out a pleasure in this modern and lively city.

Mauthausen Memorial / KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen:
A harrowing reminder of the Nazi period is the concentration camp memorial at Mauthausen (15 km east of Linz). Between 1938 and 1945, over 200,000 people from the whole of Europe where imprisoned here, around half of whom were murdered in the concentration camp.

Opening hours:
Daily: 9am - 5.30pm (admission until 4.45pm);
Closed: 24 to 26 December, 31 December, 1 January

Steyr - The Romantic city. Experience and Discover:
Located in the central region of Upper Austria between Salzburg and Vienna, the charming 1000 year old scenic city of Steyr has long been considered one of the most beautiful and picturesque historical city centers of Europe. Located at the confluence of Enns River and Steyr River, Steyr is situated in a landscape which Franz Schubert once proclaimed as more beautiful than words can express.
Train connections and prices are available at or under +43/5/1717.

Hallstadt - World Heritage Cultural Landscape since 1997:
Enjoy the scenic charms of the Salzkammergut region and discover Hallstatt - a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site since 1997. Salt World Hallstatt is the oldest salt mine in the world. In Hallstatt - home of the man in salt - salt has been mined for over 7000 years. Tour highlights include a visit to the salt crystal chamber, sliding down a giant wooden slide and riding on the mining railway. As miners say in greeting: Glück auf!
Train connections and prices are available at or under +43/5/1717.

Cultural evening-program:

  • Brucknerhaus - Brucknerfest:
    30.9.2010, 7.30pm, Grosser Saal: Düsseldorfer Philharmonie
  • Landestheater: at the moment no program for the season 2010/2011 available
  • Posthof: at the moment no program for the season 2010/2011 available

Linz Tourism Contact:
Tourist Information Linz
4020 Linz
Tel: +43 732 7070 2009
Fax: +43 732 7070 54 2009