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Straddling the mighty Danube and within easy reach of both Vienna and Salzburg, Linz has everything you could ask for in a short break.
Linz is the birthplace of the lip-smacking, jam-filled Linzer torte (the world’s oldest cake recipe, fact-fans). One taste and you’ll be hooked.
Get your bearings
Linz’s main square is a great introduction to historical Linz – one of the largest in Austria, it’s home to the Old Town Hall and the city’s famous Glockenspiel (the tune changes with the season).
Not a city to rest on its historical laurels, Linz is also home to cutting-edge culture in the form of the vast modernist glass-and-steel Lentos Art Museum. See also the Ars Electronica Center, just across the river, which showcases cutting-edge technology and puts on an impressive night-time light show.
Take it outside
Hire a bike and hit the Danube Cycle Path (take a picnic and make a day of it), or take the city in from the water on a harbour cruise. Postlingberg mountain, on the left bank of the Danube, is an easy hike – or short tram ride – from the centre and offers incredible views over the city.
Linz isn’t all big museums and historic buildings. Head to the harbor for a full-senses immersion into Linz’s pap-worthy street-art scene. Well over 100 graphics line the industrial facades of Mural Harbor – with guided tours available by foot and from the water.
Pretty pastel-coloured Landstrasse is Linz’s most famous shopping street. But if you’re looking for something extra special to take home, nearby Herrenstrasse – with its cool vintage boutiques and second-hand stores – should go to the top of your list.
Linz boasts a surprisingly lively nightlife scene that takes in everything from cute cocktail bars to traditional beer halls. The streets around the Hauptplatz are a good place to start – you’ll find everything from live music to dancing.