Trip to Postlingberg (Up the mountain in Linz)
Its no considered to be off the beaten path...but if you want to have a birds eye view of Linz take the tram of No.3 and go to the very last station, from there take another train (very old train...just one compartment/boggie) up in the mountain for 4 Euros (approx), it takes 20 minutes to reach there and this train leaves at every 30 minutes (the time could change on Sa, Su & during winter). You can have a beautiful view of Linz from the top and there is a church and couple good restaurants are also available at the top.
located in central leoning is the former boyhood home of adolf hitler. the hitlers moved to leoning in 1899 when adolf was 10 years old. hitler's father alois died in 1903 and the hitlers moved to linz. today the building is owned by the city of leoning and is used as a warehouse. an interesting site to visit for students of 20th century history.
A hidden jewel
"Two fleeting visits"
I was on my way to Czech Republic and flew into Linz as my friends lived just over the border in Czech. I didnt have any time on the way there...but coming back I had 5 hours to kill so I took a nice long walk.
Im afraid that I didnt eat or drink anywhere except in the main train station waiting for the airport bus. But what I can tell you is Linz is a beautiful city. I would love to come back and stay for a few days and get to meet the locals.
I have a strong connection with Austria as I've been to Graz and Vienna many times. So I want to add Linz to the list as soon as possible.
Id highly recommend it for a weekend stay or as a base to visit more of Austria and Czech Republic.
Seamandrew's Linz Page
Lying on both sides of the famous Danube (hence making it a busy Danube port), the city of Linz is Austria's third largest city. Not only is the city one of Austria's most important industrial centers (iron, VOEST steel, chemicals), it is also a city full of history, art, technological advances and many cultural gems. The city's roots stretch back to before the time of the Romans, whose records mention "Lentia" for the first time in AD 410. The name is of Celtic origin, and it is even claimed that the site was settled in Neolithic times.
Within the city, the attractive historic part of town has preserved its mostly Baroque appearance and Biedermeier façades, and as a result, it's a perfect place to just meander through the many side streets and the explore the huge Hauptplatz (main square) which is the largest enclosed square in Austria. Also great is just relaxing at one of the many cafés!
Outside the city center, you find many things to see as well. The area surrounding Linz has many historic sites, excellent trails for hiking and biking, and countless towns with cultural treasures of their own. As the capital of the Upper Austrian province, it serves as an administrative center. While an administrative center and industrious city may not sound like the ideal places to visit, Linz makes up for it greatly by being at the forefront of new art and new technology as well as preserving its historical wealth. It is truly a lovely city on the Danube and well worth a visit.
More Views of Linz
Walking through the pedestrian zone in the heart of Linz.
"St. Margerethen Church"
The cemetary at the St.Margerethen Church on a little hill by the Danube.
This is a little church few tourists ever visit. If you ever happen to go there please check my entry in the visitors book dated 15 4 2007. I have expressed my gratitude for the wonderful folks of Linz.
"Sky and Shadows in Linz"