Combine a City Trip with a Holiday in the Countryside
The Zentralraum region with the cities of Linz, Enns and Steyr is the vibrant heart of Upper Austria. Culture, culinary experiences, shopping facilities and family outings - the region boasts plenty of attractions and sights. Check out the beach on the banks of the Danube river! After an exciting day in the city, you can go back to the countryside in no time. Stay in one of the impressive four-sided farmyards surrounded by nature.
A Paradise for Culture Enthusiasts
Linz Is the Place to Be
Upper Austria’s capital city Linz is a vibrant hub for culture enthusiasts and art aficionados. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the city is part of the UNESCO network “Creative Cities”. There’s plenty of things to discover! Take a look behind the scenes of voestalpine, a major steel producer, in the museum “Stahlwelt”. Visit the Ars Electronica Center and experience how new technologies are changing our lives. Look at the huge graffiti galleries near the city harbour. The museum in the old castle (“Schlossmuseum”) features exhibitions about the city’s history. 2,000 years ago, Lentia was on the northern border of the Roman Empire.
Fancy a feast for the ears? The city of Linz is home to a vibrant music scene. Anton Bruckner is the most influential composer who worked and lived in Linz and St. Florian. The newly built opera house offers a wonderful ambience for concerts, operas and theatre plays. Not to be missed!
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Sightseeing in Linz
Savour Upper Austria’s Finest Cake
The lovely historic centre of Linz is inviting you to take a stroll. Find plenty of shops in the main street “Landstraße”. Enjoy culinary delights in lovely outdoor dining areas or simply lean back and relax on the green banks of the Danube river. Are you done with shopping? Then it’s time to start the real adventure! Walk up the Pöstlingberg, a mountain in the immediate vicinity of the city, or take a ride in the nostalgic “Pöstlingbergbahn”, one of Europe’s steepest narrow-gauge railways! Gaze out into the distance where the mountains of the Prealps start to rise! Once you’re on top, the tramway “Grottenbahn” takes you through the fantastic realm of fairy tales and dwarves. Visit the church of pilgrimage perched on top. The local zoo is home to 600+ animal species and even includes a tropical centre.
Top Things to Do in Linz
A Perfect Day in the Capital of Culture
- City tour with the yellow miniature train
- New Cathedral (“Mariendom”), Austria’s largest church! The 360° panoramic view from the tower is breathtaking!
- Beach flair on the banks of the Danube river
- Guided tour with a nightwatchman
- Cultural events such as the “Linzer Klangwolke”
- Botanical garden featuring a great diversity of plants
- Do you have a sweet tooth? Savour the one and only “Linzer Torte” in a traditional café!
Travel Back in Time
Enns - A Charming Medieval Town
Riding along the “Römerradweg” to Enns is like cycling back in time. It’s fascinating to see 2,000 year-old traces of the Roman Empire along the way. It’s a family-friendly cycle route. Take a well-deserved rest in Austria’s oldest town with its landmark, the belfry. Travel back in time when knights and ladies get together at the medieval festival on the mountain Georgenberg near the city centre.
By the way: Enns is Austria’s first ”Città Slow”. It’s committed to promoting sustainability, cultural diversity and Slow Food.
Bike & Boat - Explore the Danube
The Danube Cycle Path
“Ship ahoy!” Would you like to cruise the Danube in the city harbour? Cyclists will love the Danube Cycle Path, one of Europe’s most popular routes. Follow the river from Upper Austria to Lower Austria. Since it’s mostly on flat terrain, this is an ideal family outing on two wheels. Take a well-deserved break on one of the farms along the way. Here, you can recharge your batteries with home-made culinary delights from the farm!
Goldwork Embroidery and Four-Sided Farmyards
Local Customs & Traditions
Old traditions are also kept alive in Upper Austria’s capital city. Hats decorated with delicate goldwork embroidery (“Goldhauben”) are the most precious part of the traditional Upper Austrian festive costumes. The technique has been preserved for centuries and is also inscribed in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Take a stroll through the romantic Christmas markets in Linz or the vibrant annual fair “Urfahraner Jahrmarkt”. In summer, you can watch oversized straw dolls being burnt on bonfires to celebrate summer solstice (“Peterfeuer”).
The majestic farmhouses called “Vierkanthof” give evidence of the agricultural significance of this region. The large, four-sided buildings enclose a farmyard that can only be accessed via one gate. The size of these buildings is unique in Upper Austria. Most of the farms here grow crops and grain. The “garden of Linz” is located on the outskirts of the city. The farms surrounding the town of Eferding are the province’s major vegetable producers. Asparagus, potatoes, cabbage and much more grows on the fertile land. Let’s taste what the region has on offer in one of the local restaurants!
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Regions in Upper Austria
SELECT A Holiday DESTINATION ON THE MAP
- Innviertel-Hausruckwald Region
Relax & Unwind. Undulating hills, spas and havens of rest and relaxation. Indulge in culinary delights and explore the region by bicycle or on horseback.
Highlights: historic sights near the river Inn and craft breweries!
- Salzkammergut Region
Mountains & Lakes. A unique landscape with crystal-clear lakes, a breathtaking mountain scenery and vibrant traditions & customs.
Highlights: a boat tour on Lake Traunsee and water sports!
- Kalkalpen National Park Region
Natural & Authentic. Pristine nature, majestic mountains and plenty of outdoor activities in summer and winter alike.
Highlights: sweet strudels in a mountain cabin and wilderness tours in the Kalkalpen National Park!
- Mühlviertel Region
Energising & Down-to-Earth. An unspoilt countryside dotted with enchanted forests, untamed rivers and medieval castles. Escape to a holiday far away from the crowds.
Highlights: glacial erratics (large granite boulders), rocking stones and demanding cycling tours!
- Zentralraum Region
Culture & Sightseeing. Great cultural events and amenities, sightseeing and activities for families. Combine a city trip to Linz with a holiday in the countryside.
Highlights: stay in a typical four-sided farmyard ("Vierkanthof") and the realm of fairy tales in the “Grottenbahn”.