The beautiful Linz is an impressive city that represents the spirit of Upper Austria. On the banks of the Danube River, in Linz you will find monuments and facades narrating the history of this country in a completely different way. The contrast between the ancient cathedrals and the avant-garde museums of the city is unmistakable. Discover all the things to do in Linz, Austria.
1. Hauptplatz, the main square of the city
Let’s start the list of recommended places to visit in Linz with the main square, the Hauptplatz.
This square, covering exactly 13200 square meters, is a must-see in Linz Austria. Not only it is huge and full of monuments, but it is also the largest enclosed square in all of Europe.
As we mentioned, besides being famous for its size, this square also has several important monuments. For example, the Holy Trinity Column, an impressive column over 20 meters high. It was built centuries ago and commemorates all those who lost their lives to the plague.
The square is full of baroque style buildings and some iconic landmarks, such as the former town hall of Linz.
2. Linz Castle
To keep up with the pace of sightseeing in Linz, the next stop we suggest is the Linz Castle.
Near the Danube River, this impressive landmark offers incredible views of the city and its surroundings.
The castle had to be rebuilt during the 15th century, but it dates back to the 13th century. Like most of such constructions, its original purpose was to defend the city from invaders.
Today it is no longer the home of the Austrian emperors and the nobility of the country. Instead, it serves as the historical museum of the city, an excellent place for history lovers.
If you want to visit it, we recommend you to get up early and visit it first thing in the morning. Its opening hours are from 10:00h to 16:00h and the price is 6,5€ for adults.
3. The House of Mozart
This place has something captivating and it is an interesting site to visit. This is especially true if you enjoy classical music, because this is where famous artist Mozart composed the symphony number 36.
It is undoubtedly a charming place of renaissance style, with a beautiful stone arch as an entrance.
Keep in mind that, although access is free, the opening hours are from 10:00h to 16:00h. So plan your trip well not to miss it.
4. The Old City Hall of Linz
Among the most emblematic buildings in Linz, the Landhaus (that’s how the locals call it) is the most beautiful.
It was built in 1509 and today houses the regional government of Upper Austria.
The most striking feature of the building is its inner courtyard. The beautiful marble columns and arches are reminiscent of the old convent that used to occupy the place.
5. The New Cathedral of Linz
There is something about Linz that leaves visitors speechless when they enter its streets, and this cathedral is a good example.
The New Cathedral of Linz is an impressive neo-Gothic monument and it is the largest church in Austria.
It also has a tower where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city. Its church reaches the height of 65 meters.
It is true that once you have seen its beautiful interior and admired the Linz Window (a beautiful window portraying the history of the city), the best you can do is to climb to the top of the tower.
6. A walk along the banks of the Danube River and a visit to the museum of modern art
Linz is charming, and being located next to the Danube River, gives it an extra touch of magic.
There is no better way to enjoy the nature and disconnect from the rhythm of the city, than taking a walk along the Danube River.
In addition, you can also use the opportunity to visit the Lentos Kuntsmuseum. This museum of modern art, with its glass design, leaves a beautiful reflection on the surface of the river.
The exhibitions held in the museum focus mainly on contemporary art. If you are interested in the arts, this is one of the places to visit.
7. The Old Cathedral of Linz
Certainly, if Linz has a new cathedral, it means that somewhere there is an old cathedral. Indeed, although its real name is the Cathedral of St. Ignatius, this name has fallen into oblivion.
It was initially built in 1669, with a detailed interior of baroque influence. Rose-colored columns and a beautiful organ reign over the main hall of the church.
It is one of the most emblematic buildings in the city and youdefinetely should visit it. It is also easily reached from the Hauptplatz square.
Things to do around Linz
Getting further away from the Linz city center tour, we have decided to keep this special place till the end.
Pöstlingberg is a hill located north of the city, about 20 minutes’ drive away. It offers the best views of everything that adorns the Linz cityscape.
Besides, this small hill holds its own secrets, such as the Linz Pilgrimage Church. There are also other activities for the whole family, such as the city’s zoo.
Just an hour from the city of Linz, Steyr is a perfect 1-day getaway. It is a city of contrasts, with a great importance due to its manufacturing activity. Here you will find a special atmosphere in the old part of the city.
The city was founded in 980 and was a center of great importance during medieval times, which is evident in its streets. It has wonderful monuments such as the church of Christkindl. This baroque styled church from 1700 keeps significant cultural heritage in its interior, but also surprises with the clock towers on the outside.
No doubt, if you visit Steyr, you can’t leave without taking a photo at the crossing of the two rivers that run through the town, the Steyr River and the Enns River.
What to do in 1 day in Linz Austria
If you have any doubts about how to organize your trip to Linz, don’t worry because we have prepared a small list so that you don’t miss the essentials:
- The Old Cathedral in Linz
- The Old Town Hall
- The New Linz Cathedral
Where to eat in Linz
We know that for many people gastronomy is a reason to visit a city, so we have selected a few places where to eat:
- Verdi Restaurant & Einkehr: In addition to having one of the best views in town, Verdi’s haute cuisine offerings are excellent. Prices are between €78 and €200.
- Rauner: Excellent service and best execution of the distinct Austrian food. Prices are around €30 per person.
- Sam’s am Schillerpark: Perfect for enjoying meat in different forms in a luxurious and intimate atmosphere. Prices are around 50€ per meal
Where to stay in Linz
In Linz there is a great number of accommodation of different prices. So that you can choose easily, here is a list of places to stay in Linz:
- Hotel Schillerpark Linz: Just a few minutes from the Hauptplatz, this four-star hotel offers comfort and a range of services at a price of €85 per night..
- Courtyard by Marriott Linz: Another fantastic option for its facilities and central location, in addition to the decoration of its interior. The price is about 100€ per night.
- Limehome Linz Friedrichstraße: Located next to the river, the minimalist decoration of these apartments, perfectly complements its facilities and prices of 40€ per night.
How to get to Linz in Austria
The best way to get to Linz is by plane. There are flights from different cities of Europe, although they often include a stopover. These flights cost around 190 € round trip in times like May.
Another option is to take a train from Vienna. It is a very good alternative if you are visiting other areas of the country and if you want to enjoy your trip in a different way. The journey takes about an hour and a half.
Tips on a trip to Linz
- The official currency of Linz, Austria is the Euro, so you won’t have to worry about exchanging currency.
- If you are a European citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter the country, your ID card or passport is enough.
- If you are traveling from a country with another currency, we recommend that you make the currency exchange in advance.
- The best time to visit Linz is from May to September, when temperatures are milder.
- In Austria there is no roaming, you can use the internet on your mobile without any problems.
- The city is safe, but as in any tourist spot, you’d better be careful with your belongings.
- Hedge yourself against possible medical emergencies: travel insured.
How to organize what to do in Linz
Register for or download the Passporter App and discover all its possibilities.
- Get inspired by the experiences of other travelers.
- Create your own itinerary and add the app’s suggestions into it.
- Add the stops you are most interested in, as well as the restaurants and bars where you want to eat (you can use the points of interest we indicate in this post as a reference).
- Organize your itinerary by route days according to their location on the map (you can be inspired by the routes presented in the post)
- Check the travel budget that the app calculates for you based on your travel stops, restaurants, and leisure activities.
- Make the modifications you need and you’ll be all set for your trip.
- Share your experience. Upload photos of places you visited on your trip to the app and recommend other travelers what to see in Linz Austria
If you have doubts on how to do it, you can check our post: How to create a travel itinerary in Passporter.
Frequently asked questions about a trip to Linz in Austria
How to get to Linz in Austria?
We recommend to take a flight. For example, from Madrid, a flight with a stopover will take you about 5 hours to reach the city of Linz.