Linz, the third largest city in Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria, is a beautiful UNESCO Austrian city located on the Danube river. Linz is the home of the oldest cake recipe in the world, the Linzer Torte, and was a European Capital of Culture in 2009. Rich in media art, restaurants and museums, the city center has plenty to offer for incoming tourists.
Linz is rich in history and home to many famous figures, notorious ones included. Linz was first a Roman settlement and became an important trading city because of its location on the Danube river during the era of the Holy Roman Empire and home to Hapsburg Emperor Friedrich III. Linz is also home to the famous mathematician Johannes Kepler and composer Anton Bruckner.
Linz was also important during the era of Nazism. Adolf Hitler grew up around Linz and he wanted to make his hometown an important cultural center during the Third Reich. He had envision building a Fuhrermuseum and making it the cultural capital, not Vienna. For anyone interested in the history of the Third Reich, Linz must be a stop. The concentration camp of Mauthausen-Gusen is located not far from the city center and is worth a visit with our excellent Exeter guides.
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Linz has an oceanic climate with July and August, being the warmest months of the year. Linz is the third largest city in Austria, and it was voted a cultural capital city of Europe in 2009.
April through May is a perfect time to visit with the start of spring with flower blossoms in public parks throughout the city. Also, expect the temperature to range in the 50s -60s Fahrenheit, like Vienna.
June to August is the peak season for hotels and tour buses passing though this historical city. The weather is warm and very sunny during this time and is popular to visit being located right on the Danube river.
From September through October, this is a good time to visit as well because the temperature cooling off once again and the tour groups that you would normally find in the high season will have gone home. A popular festival takes place in Linz in September called Ars Electronica Festival, which is a renown festival for electronic music and the arts, if you would like to visit a Linz festival during your travels.
In December, in honor of Christmas, Linz hosts a beautiful Christmas festival. The streets are filled with lights, Christmas trees, Christmas décor and market stands can be found throughout. One can enjoy the mulled wine and shop for handcrafted Christmas items to décor your home.
Our handpicked guides lead you on tours along the inside track of Linz. Our behind-the-scenes, closed-door Exeter International Extraordinary Experiences take you a step beyond the ordinary, creating the ultimate luxury Austrian vacation. Enjoy a private food safari tour to explore Austrian cuisine and local Linz food markets.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel to Linz in Austria based on your exact preferences and interests. Austria can be a country specific destination and it can be combined with other Central European nations, especially along the Danube river.
If you are on a Danube River cruise, and in the port of Linz, we can arrange a private shore excursion to Linz and the surrounding areas, such as a visit to Mauthausen concentration camp, with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private shore excursion ensure that you will receive, not only the best experience possible, but a personalized excursion throughout your stay at port while in Linz and in Austria.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages throughout the Austrian countryside and Linz is the ideal self-drive destination. Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24-hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace, and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
To get a full sense of Linz, you must explore the city via food. This was a city that was voted a cultural capital of Europe in 2009 and there is no better way than to explore culture than through food. Your private food insider will meet you in the city and take you to food hotspots to taste local delicacies, show you where the locals purchase goods, and to show you the highlights of Linz along the way, which include the cathedral and the city’s old market square.
Want to get the ultimate souvenir to remember your time in Linz, Austria? Picking up some Linz chocolate is a must. You can find chocolate through much of Austria, however in Linz, you are in the home of Zotter Chocolate. You will find flavors that range: pineapple-paprika, cheese & apricot, apple-balsamic vinegar, chili and rum, roasted nuts, strawberry, and milk & oats. These will also be easy to carry in your suitcase and will give you plenty of space to by souvenirs amongst your other stops and provides you some sweet snacks! Like the Viennese Sacher Torte that you can find in Vienna, Linz also has a famous torte called the Linzer Torte. This cake is considered as the oldest cake recipe in the world and it dates to 1653. It is a must try when you are in the city.