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Linz Sights and Landmarks Guide, Austria

Linz Sights – The City’s Appearance

The 2009 European Capital of Culture, Linz represents a very original blend between history, industry and culture, as they all mix together to form an eclectic and vivacious scenery. Whether you are looking for stunning modern industrial architecture or for state of the art musical research centers, Linz is just the place for you! There are also lots of churches and old monuments that will surely catch your eye and some important museums that you can’t miss visiting. Linz is well known for its University of Arts and Industrial Design which reflects itself in the city’s aspect due to the fact that they pay a great deal of attention to the impact of industry both on the environment and on the aspect of the city.

Linz Sights – Architectural and Religious Attractions

The first thing you should visit is the main street “Landstrasse” that connects the “Blumauerplatz” to the main square. Here you can find old impressive buildings and enjoy an open and crowded space. The center of the city displays a wide variety of Baroque and Rococo buildings and the Trinity Column, an important monument symbolizing the deaths caused by plague and Turkish attacks.

There is an astronomical observatory in the Landhaus, which used to be the building where Johannes Kepler taught for college students between 1612 and 1622. One thing you really must do while in Linz is take a boat trip on the Danube from the Boat Station, where you can go either via Vienna or via Passau. There are also some beautiful old churches and monasteries, like the Church of St Ignatius (which also hosts concerts), the Parish Church of Maria Himmelfahrt (with its stunning Gothic architecture), St Martin’s Church or the Carmelite Church. If you choose to go on a one day trip, the best destination for you is lovely Salzburg, located just 100 kilometers away.

Linz Sights – The Musical City

A musical tour of Linz is sure to satisfy you beyond expectations, as the city covers the whole range of locations and styles. First, you must visit the Brucknerhaus, which is a permanent site for exhibitions and seminars, but also a prestigious concert hall and home to various musical festivals. The Ars Electronica Center is the most complex and functional building in Linz, as it hosts a wide variety of conferences and exhibitions that concern new communication and media, as well as different art festivals and performances. It has been named Europe’s first Museum of the Future, as it also handles technology and industry, blending them all together in a vivacious contemporary atmosphere. It is one of the biggest prides of the city of Linz and definitely, something you will never forget!

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