Linz Off The Beaten Path

  • The Pöstlingbergkirche towers over the city.
    The Pöstlingbergkirche towers over the...
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    Pöstlingbergkirche - Overlooking the city of Linz.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 13, 2012

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    The city of Linz seen from the P��stlingberg.
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    The Pöstlingbergkirche perched high above the roofs of the city and is the landmark of the Upper Austrian capital. Because of its unique location it is really worth while to visit the church. After we were finished inside the Pöstlingbergkirche we stepped outside to have a look at the panoramic view over the city of Linz. Lucky for us it was quite a clear day and we could overlook the entire area. We definately stood there for quite some time and could point our finger on the Hauptplatz, the Ignatiuskirche and the Old Town, all places we walked just before we visited the Pöstlingbergkirche.

    So, this particular spot might be 'Off the beaten path', but that is no reason not to visit. Especially when you enjoy some culture, religion and nature in one trip ... this is the spot to be! Have no doubt about that. At the end we didn't walk back to the first departure place where we got off the Bergbahn, but we walked our way back down towards the second departure spot. By doing this we could witness the walk down and still have the city of Linz at our retina.

    Address: Am Pöstlingberg 1, Linz.
    Directions: Take the historic Pöstlingbergbahn up the Pöstlingberg and it will bring you right at the correct place.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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    Pöstlingbergkirche - Lighting a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 13, 2012
    The organ of the P��stlingbergkirche.
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    Although we were quite late when we arrived at the Pöstlingbergkirche we were still allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists at that time. Either the bus / coach did already leave or everybody was having an early snack and cold beer at the pubs in the city. Whenever we visit a church or cathedral the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic cathedrals. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

    Address: Am Pöstlingberg 1, Linz.
    Directions: Take the historic Pöstlingbergbahn up the Pöstlingberg and it will bring you right at the correct place.

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    Pöstlingbergkirche - Get there via the Bergbahn.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 13, 2012
    The P��stlingbergkirche towers over the city.
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    During our walk over the Hauptplatz (main square of Linz) we could not overlook the city landmark the Pöstlingberg Kirche. It is clearly in view right at the top of the Pöstlingberg towering over the city of Linz. We were already triggered on visiting it, but of course there was (first) more than enough to see in the city itself. But finally at the end of the day we went upwards to the pilgrimage basilica on the Pöstlingberg. Time for us to explore this beautiful church!

    There is one way to get up the Pöstlingberg and that is via the Pöstlingbergbahn. And I can say that not only the children will get excited when visiting the Pöstlingberg. We took this amazing ride up on the historic Pöstlingbergbahn mountain tram to access it only a few paces to the pilgrimage basilica. After we stood in front of the façade of the church I saw a huge sign which said that this pilgrimage church was dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. It was built in 1748 according to plans by Matthias Krinner. Besides that this church is very popular for weddings because of the unique location.

    Address: Am Pöstlingberg 1, Linz.
    Directions: Take the historic Pöstlingbergbahn up the Pöstlingberg and it will bring you right at the correct place.

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    Trip to Postlingberg (Up the mountain in Linz)

    by chennaismartguy Written Jul 6, 2005

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    me on the Linz view

    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.

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    The hike up to Licthenberg

    by seamandrew Written Jul 3, 2005

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    The summit of Lichtenberg

    If you're one to enjoy both the city's pleasures and those offered by the surrounding countryside, then a half days trip to Lichtenberg would be just right for you. This little mountain is located in the hills north of Linz. From LInz, you can drive up to Licthenberg by finding the Hohe Straße located on the side of Linz north of the Danube River. This road will lead you to the town of Lichtenberg where you'll find the well posted road up to the 927 m high summit. At the summit you'll find a restaurant, hotel, and an old ruin that's worth seeing. The view of the countryside from the summit is very nice. I hope to go back sometime in the summer! Oh and taking the first parking lot on the road. Walk the rest of the way up. It will do you some good.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Road Trip

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    PLESCHINGERSEE

    by Helga67 Updated Sep 1, 2002

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    Pleschingersee

    This little lake just outside Linz is an ideal place to spent the warm summer days. There are all kinds of facilities such as toilets, restaurant, playground, miniature golf, bicycling trail and other sport facilities.

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    PÖSTLINGBERG

    by Helga67 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    P��stlingberg Postcard

    The best-known trademark of the city is the 'Pöstlingberg', the hill overlooking the city. At 537 m, it offers a splendid view, which stretches from the rooftops of Linz to the Alps. At the top there is the Grotto Railway, installed in the tower of once mighty defensive fortifications.
    After visiting the baroque church - a place of pilgrimage - you can stop at one of the restaurants nearby.
    And then there is the Linz Zoological Gardens with creatures ranging from an exotic Africa ostrich colony to animals from the farm.

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