I was really surprised b the Christmas market in Linz. It was very unique! First, it was beautifully lit. Secondly, the stalls had a lot of artists offering that you couldn't find elsewhere (expensive for me, but original!) and finally THE FOOD WAS AMAZING. I think M & I were most impressed with the Raclettekasebrot......toasty, melty, less that 2 Euro...very awesome. Definitely the place to hang out.
This is the heart of Linz. A bustling square in a historic city.Linz gets it's name from ' Lentos' meaning ' situated on a river bend '.The town is situated on a river bend on the Danube.Settlement originated here in the Celtic period and It grew into a town in the 13th century.
By far, one of the toughest churches I've encountered to photograph, the Ursulinenkirche (Church of the Ursuline Sisters) was built by the builders Johann Haslinger and J.M. Krinner between 1736 and 1772. The curved facade has twin spires and figures by F.J. Mähl and Ignaz Hiebel. The nunnery was vacated by the Ursuline nuns in 1968 and purchased by the Upper Austrian government in 1973. It was then converted into the provincial cultural centre.
Because of it's location on the narrow Landstraße, the Ursulinenkirche is very difficult to photograph properly. I apologize for the poor picture.
The church is open daily from 7.30am to 6pm.
linz is a city on the danube about half way between salzburg and vienna. in the center of the city is the haupt platz. this is a good point to start a visit of the historical and architectural sites of linz. in the center of the square is the trinity column built in 1723. the architecture of the buildings that surround the square reflect the renaissance, baroque, and rocco periods the rathus on the right side of the square was built in 1513. the large church on the square is the alter dom (old cathedral) built by pietro fransco carlon for the jesuits in 1669. a block north of the square is mozarthaus where mozart wrote the "linz symphony" in 1783. an excellent site to visit is www.linz.at , the official stadt linz site. on the third page of the site chick "stroll through linz" section. this will high light all of the architectual and historic points of interest in the city
linz's most infamous resident was adolf hitler. hitler's family lived in the linz area from 1899 to 1903. hitler and his mother moved to central linz from leoning in 1903 after the death of his father. their apartment is located at humboldstrasse 31 in central linz. adolf hitler's boyhood in linz made a great impression on him. after the austrian anschluss, (union) with germany he commissioned albert speer to formulate a building plan to transform linz into the austrian capitol of the third reich. fortunately for the beautiful city of linz these plans were never carried out.
just south of linz on the east side of the danube is the mauthausen concentration camp. built in 1938 it was the primary concentration camp for austria's jewish population. adjcent to the camp was the wiener graben, (granite quarry). thousands of workers died working in this quarry. in all, over a 100,000 people died in this camp before it was liberated in 1945 simon wiesenthal survived his imprisonment in mauthausen and became the founder of the wiesenthal center that tracked down nazi war criminals. a disturbing site to visit but interesting to students of 20th century history and the holocaust.
LINZ 3rd LARGEST CITY IN AUSTRIA
" THE "LINZER KLANGWOLKE""
(freely translated> The LINZER SOUND-CLOUD)
A musical spectacle that happens every year and includes various concerts and genre's: from classic to rock and punk - allthrough the city and on the river there are stages and you really drift from one sound-cloud to the next :)
Events like the Ars Electronica and the Bruckner Festival have brought international attention to Linz. The busy Danube port offers a whole host of attractions testifying to the century old history of Linz, which was granted status as regional capital in 1490.
The large main square is surrounded by baroque buildings including the Landhaus, the seat of the provincial government, or Altes Rathaus (old town hall) with its pretty arcade courtyard. In the three-story Mozart House Wolfgang Amadeus composed his "Linz Symphony" in 1783. According to legend Emperor Friedrich III died in Kremsmünster House in 1493; his heart and entrails were laid to rest at the romantic Stadtpfarrkirche. West of Hauptplatz is Schloss Linz dating back to the Renaissance period.
With Martinskirche, of which parts date from 788, Linz has one of Austria’s oldest original churches, and with the neo-Gothic new cathedral (consecrated in 1924) seating 20,000 Austria’s largest church. The Botanical Garden with its 10,000 different plants always makes for a nice stroll. Or take a ride with the bright yellow Linz City Express, a Danube pleasure cruiser or the Pöstlingbergbahn, Europe’s steepest narrow gauge train.
Special events: great theater plays are being staged at the Linz Landestheater and the Kammerspiele. With its many bars, pubs, clubs, and discos Linz has a vibrant nightlife. Other highlights include the Linz Culture Summer, the Linz Street Theater Festival, the famous Bruckner Festival, the Linz Klangwolke (sound cloud) and the Ars Electronica Festival (a technology exhibition with avant-garde music). From end of November to Christmas Linz hosts Austria’s largest Nativity exhibition.
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"Rhytmus a la Austria"
I came across this band and must say the girls ROCK --- if you like percussions and love stamping your feet you will NOT sit still at their performance...
These three percussionists first met as part of an international project (Klangwolke Linz, Austria) and are now engaged in their own musical endeavor that reflects a striking synthesis of diverse musical styles. Drawing on a rich instrumental pallet (vibraphone, marimba, drum set, and other drums), they create new soundscapes between jazz and experimental music, inspired by melodies of the Orient and rhythms of African and South America. The listener will enjoy a stylistically innovative, energetic, and multifaceted program.
" LINZER TORTE "
a delicatesse a la Austria ... Succulent raspberry jam filling cradled between a buttery hazelnut crust and a hazelnut lattice top layer.
and here is the secret :)
1 1/2 sticks butter plus 1 tablespoon
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, star anise)
5 ounces of hazelnuts, toasted and ground
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup raspberry jam (or your favorite type of jam)
1. In a standing electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add honey, zest, cinnamon and spices. Continue mixing for one more minute. Scrape down the sides and add egg. Mix again until well blended.
2. Sift the dry ingredients together. On low speed, add the sifted dry ingredients to the butter mixture and continue to mix until a dough is formed.
3. Remove the dough from the mixer, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
4. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with wax or parchment paper. Remove dough from the refrigerator and divide in two. Dredge the work surface with flour and with a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thick, forming a 12-inch circle. This will be for the bottom of the torte. Line the bottom and sides of the prepared cake pan with the circle.
5. For the top of the torte, use the second half of dough, roll it to 1/2-inch thick to create a 9-by-12-inch rectangle. Refrigerate both the top and bottom for about 20 minutes.
6. Remove from refrigerator and fill bottom half with raspberry jam.
7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
8. Create a lattice with the rectangular piece of dough by cutting 12 9-inch strips. (Use a piece of cardboard to build the lattice to make it easy to slide the lattice onto the bottom of the torte.) Slide the lattice onto the jam-filled bottom. Fold the edges of the dough up and over the top of the torte.
9. Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown. For a holiday accent, sprinkle with confectioners sugar.