Linz: The city of change – life on the colourful Danube

The European Cultural Capital of 2009 is genuinely unique: Linz is home to Europe‘s most modern opera house and a vibrant contemporary culture scene, as well as having a flourishing economy with leading international companies.

AEC Donau Foto: Linz©linztourismus

AEC Donau Foto: Linz©linztourismus

Linz is an exciting city, and a successful one at that. Its history has been long and eventful; the expanded city core is architecturally unique – especially its Baroque Hauptplatz or main square. However, in Linz one prefers not to harp endlessly on the past: far more attention is paid to the present and the future.

Changeable Linz

Over the past few years, Linz has developed into an inspiring and lively cultural city. Marked features are its preference for the contemporary and its willingness to experiment. Since 2013, Linz has been able to boast Europe‘s most modern opera house, besides a number of theatres and a first-class symphony orchestra.

Being human

Profitable, clean industry and successful entrepreneurs feel at home here. One can experience this directly at, for instance, the voestalpine Stahlwelt, which shows how steel became a flagship product of Linz and laid one of the foundation stones for the city’s success.

Being human means keeping a close connection with nature, with which the city almost enjoys a kind of symbiosis. Believe it or not, two thirds of the city’s area consists of green meadows and pastures.

People in Linz also regard culinary pleasure and the art of cooking as essential ingredients for life quality, and want to share them with their guests.


Tiegel voestalpine Stahlwelt

Tiegel voestalpine Stahlwelt ©linztourismus

Making discoveries

Visitors to Linz are invited to discover new things. Linz’s cultural calendar offers many opportunities of doing so. Every year, the Ars Electronica – Festival of Art, Technology and Society – reveals intellectual and artistic insights of the highest calibre on a chosen future-oriented theme.

The City of Linz was designated a UNESCO City of Media Arts

Ever since the inception of Ars Electronica and the Cloud of Sound in 1979, Linz – Europe’s 2009 Capital of Culture – has been making impressive strides as a trailblazer and international hotbed of media art and digital competence.

The colourful Danube

The city space on the Danube, which – as the vividly imaginative saying goes in Linz – is not just “blue” but “multi-coloured”, is an open-air museum in itself. As colourful as the nightly light displays of the Ars Electronica Center, the museum of the future which already offers glimpses of tomorrow’s technical world today, and the Lentos art museum Linz, which stands on the bank of the Danube directly opposite, and presents challenging contemporary art. Along the river, adjoining this distinctive building, are the Brucknerhaus and the Tabakfabrik Linz, bursting with high culture and the alternative scene respectively.

Crowd pullers

The area by the Danube is also the stage for the Visualised Linz Klangwolke in September, which tells musical-theatrical stories to an audience of ten thousand. It’s also the setting of the Linz Fest at Whitsun, offering a select programme of music and culture that’s slightly off the mainstream.

The summer Pflasterspektakel, presenting magnificent international street art, the Linzer Krone Fest, staging popular music acts throughout the city centre and the Classics at the Cathedral open-air series, featuring world-famous stars at the foot of Austria’s biggest church, are all real crowd pullers.

The Schlossmuseum time machine

Linz Schloss towers over the city, linking yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Schlossmuseum, housed in this historical castle and occupying the spectacular modern south wing, combines presentations on the early history of Linz with various collections.

Famous Pöstlingberg, the emblem of Linz, with its pilgrimage church, offers an equally superb view of the city and the windings of the Danube. The historical mountain track railway, one of the steepest in Europe, carries guests and city-dwellers up Linz’s local mountain in unique style.

Anniversary year 2015

Linz has many historical reasons for being a city of peace – and a historical obligation. Linz was the city of Hitler’s youth, for which he is known to have had great plans as a cultural city of the Reich. It is another stroke of fate in the city’s history that, for the most part, these plans did not materialise.

2015 is the anniversary of two great historical events that have been etched deep into the history of the Danube area: The year 2015 will be the seventieths anniversary of the end of the Second World War and sixty years ago the Austrian State Treaty had been signed at the Belvedere Palace.

Since then, the people on the Danube have become closer to one another than ever before. Linz, the city of peace, has also tried to contribute to this through international commitment.


Event tips 2015 – a selection

23rd – 28th of April    CROSSING EUROPE – European movie festival, OÖ Kulturquartier

15th-17th of May        LINZFEST 2015         Along the Danube

5th – 6th of June        BUBBLEDAYS          harbour of Linz

26th-27th of June       UFERN (small festival along the Danube)    Danube beach / Alt-Urfahr

23rd – 25th of July     Pflasterspektakel       city centre

3rd – 7th of September          Ars Electronica Festival         Ars Electronica Center

5th of September       voestalpine Klangwolke (visualised)  alonge thebank of the Danube

13th of September – 4th of October International Brucknerfestival, Brucknerhaus



All year round Art and Cultural History, Technology and Nature in Upper Austria

Schlossmuseum Linz

All year round Project Genesis, GeoPulse, New Views of Humankind

Ars Electronica Center

All year round voestalpine Stahlwelt – The Steelworks on the River, voestalpine Stahlwelt

All year round Kubinkabinett, Landesgalerie Linz

All year round The collection, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz

29th of May – 18th of October          HOEHENRAUSCH 2015, OK Kulturquartier

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