Linz’s main Christmas market occupies about one quarter of the large central square (Hauptplatz). It is not very big but nicely decorated and illuminated. Merchandise isn’t really special, anyway nice to look at.
If you are in for a mulled wine, the stalls offer a wide variety of Punsch and Glühwein types. It is worth checking and comparing the ingredients. For example, I had a hot orange juice with rum at one of the stalls.
There is a second Christmas market in Volksgarten, a park close to the main train station. That second one is more directed at children and families and has more activities.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Austria is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Austria with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in Austria generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
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.
One of the most famous Linz souvenirs is the tart, which cover is nicely decorated, and the taste is sweet. The main incrediests are vanilla and cinnamon, with almond, cocoa powder and raspberry jam filling
Despite its significant role as producer of steel and other industrial goods, Linz still works hard to stay true to its Austrian tradition of taking pride in the arts. The city is full of artistic treasures, be they monuments, sculptures, museums, fountains, murals, etc. It goes without saying that a trip to Austria is one surely filled with many opportunities to appreciate the arts. Linz will not disappoint in this regard. For example, the sculpture pictured here was found at the edge of the Northern Bank of the Danube, just below the Neues Rathaus. You'll find lots of similar finds throughout the city.
Every December, in the weeks preceding Christmas day (may even be as early as November), the Hauptplatz in Linz becomes a whole new world on its own. Countless booths are set up and vendors and artists of all trades set up shop to allow the Christmas season to officially start. With this comes the sale of hand made items like Christmas ornaments, decorative figures, and artistic pieces to foods ranging from everyone's Christmas favorites of Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Gluhwein (a hot spiced wine), and many many sweets. Any visitor to Austria has to stop by one of the many Christmas markets through all its cities and towns. However, each is unique in their own right and Linz is no exception. I rank theirs as one of the best in Austria. Be sure to go before Dec 24th. Otherwise, they're closed until the following year!