On Saturday, June 10, we will set off for a day in the city of Linz. Enjoy the European Capital of Culture 2009 and UNESCO City of Media Arts.
The city was founded by the Romans who called it Lentia; the name Linz was first recorded in AD 799. It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is more than 200.000, and that of the greater Linz area is about 271.000. It has an atmospheric old town (1.000 years old) with a thriving music and entertainment scene, museums, theatres, concert halls, festivals, marathons, the Linz triathlon, unique shops and numerous cafes. The river Danube is the main touristic attraction and transport connection that runs through the city. A famous citizen was Anton Bruckner who spent the years between 1855 and 1868 working as a local composer and organist in the Old Cathedral, Linz. Linz is one of the main economic centres of Austria with companies like the Voestalpine AG steel corporation and the former "Chemie Linz" chemical group.
In 2009, Linz was the European Capital of Culture. More than 2.5 million people took this opportunity to get to know the cultural qualities of the city. Several newly constructed cultural venues reinforce the image of Linz as a dynamic city of culture and industry. The city is now home to a vibrant music and arts scene that is well-funded by the city and the state of Upper Austria. Between the Lentos Art Museum and the "Brucknerhaus", a famous concert hall in Linz named after Anton Bruckner is the "Donaulände" which is also referred to as "Kulturmeile" ("culture mile"). This is a park alongside the river which is used mainly by young people to relax and meet in summer. It is also known for the Ars Electronica Festival in early September and the "Linz Fest", which takes place annually in March. Linz has further cultural attractions, such as the "Musiktheater" (music theatre), which was opened in April 2013 and is considered to be one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. The "Pflasterspektakel", an international street art festival, takes place every year in July in and around the "Landstraße" and the main square.
According to "The Guardian", Linz ranks among the top 10 alternative cities in Europe!
Credit: Linz Tourismus Roebl