Linz Travel Guide, Austria
Linz Travel Guide – Urban and Economical Aspects
Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and the third largest city in Austria. It is located 30 km south from the Czech border on the river Danube and has a population of 190.000. Although it is mostly known as an industrial city, recent developments from the last decades have changes the city’s aspect completely, turning it into a powerful urban centre that attracts investors from all over the world. This gave Linz an economical boom that clearly relates itself to the quality of living: there are more jobs in Linz than the city’s inhabitants!
The metropolitan area around Linz is one of the country’s most important economical poles where the thriving technology goes hand in hand with the environmental concerns: the city itself is the most environmentally friendly urban agglomeration is Austria. This is mostly due to the very large green surfaces in the city (60% of its territory is covered with parks) and to the attentive environmental planning of companies located there. The business plan for the near future is focused on supporting creative ideas and the industrial centers that are being built have both a functional and architectural value.
Linz Travel Guide – The Cultural Environment
Culture plays a very important role in the city’s development and the fact that Linz was elected European Capital of Culture in 2009 only comes to strengthen the city’s efforts to be on the avant-garde of contemporary cultural performance and research.
The Ars Electronica Center is a contemporary interactive medium for young artists to know each other, share ideas and get involved in projects that are on the edge of the European arts scene, while the Brucknerhaus remains to this day one of the most valuable concert halls in Europe. The Pflasterspektakel that takes place in summer turns the whole city into a scene for creators of all orientations and is one of the most important festivals of street art where everybody comes together to understand contemporary means of artistic expression.
Linz Travel Guide – Transport and Shopping
The fact that Linz is permanently on the edge of both economical and cultural manifestations gave the city a highly particular and thriving shopping community. This means that Landstrasse, the biggest shopping street in the city, has 237.000 visitors each week, placing it right after Vienna’s Mariahilferstrasse and in front of Salzburg’s Getreidegasse. There are 6500 garages just in the centre of Linz and more than 900 are planned for construction in the near future. The perfectly organized infrastructure of the city is also visible in its connections to German and other Austrian cities, by motorway, train or plane.
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