The Austrian city of Linz is the third largest in the country and lies close to the border with the Czech Republic. Whilst it may not be one of the most infamous destinations along one of Europe’s most well-known rivers, Linz can be enjoyed during one of Fred.\’s fantastic Danube river cruises.
As you depart from Budapest and head towards Nuremberg, or even as far as Amsterdam, this vibrant city will greet you with open arms and provide you with many things to do during the time your ship is in port. Whilst some operators may offer coach trips to the major city of Salzburg or nearby Steyr, here are a few things to put on your ‘to do’ list if you choose to stay in Linz.
Linzer Schloss and Schlossmuseum
Linz Castle and the adjacent museum are right on the bank of the Danube and provide excellent views of the city along with a unique insight into its Roman past. Learn all about how it has been transformed during the ages, including the fact that it was rebuilt in the 15th century. On display, there is a collection of artefacts ranging from medieval times right up to those from the modern era. The collections include art, musical instruments, historic weapons and a recent exhibit marks the one hundred year anniversary of the First World War.
Ride The Postlingbergbahn
After you have spent a couple of hours looking around the castle museum, why not take a ride into the Postlingberg neighbourhood. The Postlingbergbahn electric tramway that takes you there is one of the world’s steepest adhesion railways and can be picked up from the Hauptplatz in the centre of town. Whilst the journey will allow you to admire yet more fantastic views of the Danube and Linz itself, a world of fantasy and fairy tale awaits once in Postlingberg.
The Grottenbahn is a miniature railway, designed mainly for children but can be enjoyed by adults all the same, which takes you on a journey through a mysterious cave. After a brief trip into the land of fairy tales, you will get the chance to see a mini version of the city of Linz surrounded by figures from Germanic folklore. This attraction has to be seen to be believed and if it sounds a bit quirky then you have understood perfectly.
Explore The Main Square
Back in the main square following your scenic adventures, it’s time to take things easy for a while. The impressive central Hauptplatz is the hub of the city, providing many tram links to the rest of Linz. There are plenty of shops to explore here but you may just want to take a seat in one of the open-air restaurants and enjoy a bite to eat and a well-deserved drink. This is a great place to watch the world go by, but you cannot leave the square without taking a closer look at the Trinity Column in its centre which celebrates Linz’s survival through many different disasters.
The best way to see the city of Linz is on a Danube river cruise. We have plenty of options available that incorporate various other ports on itineraries of varying lengths. Call us today or submit an online enquiry.