Linz is Austria’s third largest city and is widely regarded as a pioneering place that embraces the future, whilst successfully preserving its past. For this reason, it’s not hard to see why this dynamic town was honoured as European Capital of Culture back in 2009, a title which it lived up to with aplomb. Sitting on the banks of the Danube, Linz has a curious mixture of historic buildings in the Old Town, lush green hills and then the contrasting steel and chemical works in the industrial modern city. The thriving arts and culture scene brings yet another interesting dimension to this fascinating place, that over fast becoming known as cosmopolitan hotspot.
A fuel efficient economy car is ideal for negotiating the tight car parking spaces, and nippy enough to tackle roads outside the city centre which are largely unproblematic.
Driving in Linz
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Important things to note
Take note that driving offences are subject to an on the spot fine in Austria, with police patrolling the main roads in Linz.
The drink driving limit is less than that in the UK, so it is strongly advised that designated drivers simply avoid alcohol altogether.
Motorway tolls are common in Austria, so ensure you have some money available to cover these charges. Linz has quite a few nearby.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Ars Electronica Center is a unique museum that has successfully being mixing art, technology and science since 1979. It offers a real hands-on experience, with an excellent 3D simulator, robots and the opportunity to explore deep space, and is aimed as much towards children as it is adults.
Historians may want to pay a visit to the Mauthausen Memorial, which is an ex concentration camp that today pays tribute to those that lost their lives under horrific circumstances. The museum is well put together and offers a fascinating, historic insight.
Hauptplatz is a popular square situated not far from the riverside, and is full of historic buildings, as well as modern bars and restaurants. During winter months, it plays host to the Christmas markets and in summer it’s a great spot to grab an ice cream and just people watch.
If you want to sample some Austrian cuisine, then Verdi Restaurant and Einkehr offers just that, as well as their own take on a number of Italian dishes, which is very popular in Austria. It also offers diners unrivalled views of Linz.
The Blue Danube Airport Linz, simply known as Linz Airport, is just a 20-minute drive from Linz city centre, which is five miles away in a north-easterly direction. Via a link road, Route 1 will take you towards the city centre in a northeast direction.
Linz Airport has a limited range of flights to other cities, although in summer, a number of major holiday resorts in southern Europe and North Africa are catered for.