Best Things to Do In Linz, Austria

There are indeed many great places you can visit in Austria. However, Linz has proven to stand out. It is currently one of the best options for most tourists who want to explore Austria. For travelers in Austria, Linz is always somewhat in the shadow of more famous destinations like Vienna, Innsbruck, or Salzburg. This post will reveal some of the best things you can do in Linz. 

How You Can Get To Linz

Before delving into the main details of this post, it is crucial to understand how you can easily get to Linz. The first suggestion is flying into Munich airport. The distance from there to Linz is approximately 185km. You can travel by train to Linz from Munich through Ostbahnhof and Muenchen Ost. Note that you can also explore other airport options, like Salzburg and Vienna airports. 

Furthermore, you can travel to Linz by bus from Vienna. This is around 94 miles and can take up to 5 hours and 30 minutes. There are several bus companies you can choose from, like BlaBlaCar, Karat-S, or Flixbus. Just be sure to start your journey early in the day. 

Best Things You Can Do In Linz

After arriving in Linz, there are many things you can do. Let’s take a look at your best choices.

Linz: Tasting Its Food

If you are passionate about food, it is almost impossible to visit a place like Linz without trying out some of its most popular dishes. For instance, there is Mondseer, a cheese made from cow milk (pasteurized). Its firm and creamy texture makes it perfect for breakfast. The aroma is quite strong too, and its flavor is both spicy and sweet.

Don’t fancy the idea of trying out Mondseer? Try the Linzer Augen, it will give you a firsthand taste of two shortbread cookies and jam in-between them. These cookies tend to taste almost similar to Italian occhio di bue cookies. You will definitely love them.

Furthermore, the Linz cake is also worth trying out. It has been tagged as “the most delicious cake in the world” by many tourists who have tasted it. Just as many cities have traditional dishes of their own, that is how Linz has gained a reputation as a place for eating delicious cakes. Let me tell you, they will blow you away!

Typical cookies of Linz, linzer biscuites
Linzer cookies – Image by mateya from Pixabay

Checking Out Schlossmuseum Linz

For centuries, Schlossmuseum Linz (also known as Castle of Linz) has dominated the city and made many headlines. Back in the 9th century, it was a fortress. After a damaging fire in 1800, it needed a modern look. This historic building features artifacts from the medieval and Roman periods. 

Visiting and failing to check out a popular museum like Schlossmuseum means you are missing out. This is because it is Austria’s largest museum. You will get access to different categories of collections – technical, natural, and cultural. 

Exploring Ars Electronica Center

There is no doubting the fact that Ars Electronica Center attracts lots of tourists every year. This is because it has been the real deal. No wonder it is called the “museum of the future”. Although it came into existence in 1979, 2009 was when it moved to its present location on the banks of the Danube. The artworks here are all about technology.

This museum is a reflection of Austria’s media, technology, and industry. Simply put, electronic arts is what it is all about. Its pavilion is all about digitization, resource conversation, renewable energies, and climate change. You can try being part of its annual festival which will happen in 2023 from September 6 to 10th. 

Visiting St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church remains one of the best places you can visit in Linz. For instance, it is the oldest church in the city. Again, its building remains one of the ancient structures that are still preserved even to this modern day. Its exterior contains Roman walls that have been used in its construction. The interiors contain elements that can only be traced to the gothic era. The scenes in this catholic church are quite picturesque. 

Shopping and Entertainment – PlusCity Linz

If you have always dreamt of shopping in the famous city of Linz, PlusCity can meet your expectations. This modern shopping center has got everything you are looking for. Before, it used to be considered a mall. However, in recent times PlusCity became an entertainment center. For instance, there are facilities for leisure activities that you can easily take advantage of. 

It is the perfect place to take your family to during holiday periods. In fact, PlusCity is like an all-in-one package center since you can do lots of things in it. There are even restaurants where you can get access to some delicious meals. 

Linz Austria - museums in the city center are among the best things to do
Image by Leonhard Niederwimmer from Pixabay

Lentos Art Museum

There is something special about the museums you will find in Linz. Most of them are modern museums. Lentos Art ticks the boxes in this regard. Its dazzling exteriors during night periods are enough to get your attention. Also, it tends to boost an amazing collection of artworks. It won’t keep you busy with just artwork. There are different sculptures as well as photos to feed your eyes with. There is really so much to discover in this amazing museum.   

The New Cathedral

It will be unfair not to mention the most spacious church in Linz. The New Cathedral can accommodate up to 20,000 people. One thing that has always caught the eyes of tourists about this church is its detailed exteriors. For instance, there are numerous windows and turrets. Its stained-glass windows are also very beautiful. Finally, you will discover how the city has been founded via the popular “Linz” window. 

During the day, its interior is famous for glowing in a very beautiful way. That’s reason enough for visiting the New Cathedral in Linz.

Riding the Pöstlingbergbahn

This is really fun, and your kids will love it. Pöstlingbergbah happens to be a railway that is narrow-gauged. You can take it up Postlingberg hill, to avoid climbing its steep incline. That is not all, as this adventure gives you the chance to see Linz’s cityscape. There are lots of beautiful sceneries to view. Be ready, because this is one of the world’s steepest railways. 

Apart from Postlingberg’s wonderful railway, there are other memorable things you can do. For instance, you can check out the popular Grottenbahn attraction. There are also cafes and restaurants to visit. 

Linz main square - best things to do in Linz
Image by Alfred Stier from Pixabay

Gugl Botanical Garden

Do you love to discover more about nature and plants? There is no other better place to achieve such than checking out Gugl. This garden is more than 40,000 square meters. Also, you will be having access to around 10,000 different flowers. The truth is that you could end up spending countless hours trying to find out more about nature in this garden. There are over 700 types of trees to check out. Its 5 greenhouses are also worth mentioning. Gugl Botanical Garden is a great place to relax at any time of the day in Linz. It is currently the most beautiful garden in entire Europe. 

Final Words

Having seen the above details, it is now very clear that there are many places you can visit in Linz. Rest assured that you will have an unforgettable experience in this historic city. 

Author Bio

Article by Phil from JOURNICATION Travel Blog which focuses on itineraries and summaries of amazing travel destinations around the world. One of the more than 100 countries he already traveled to is Sri Lanka. He fell in love with this amazingly diverse country which has so much to offer. Follow Phil on Instagram.