It's best to explore the architecture and churches of the Old Town or the many galleries and museums on foot. Take a cultural tour of the city with a local artist, culminating in open-air art classes, with the resultant artwork forming the backdrop for dinner.
Take a ride on the historic Postling-bergbahn mountain tram, taking in the mountain's viewing platform and the Grottenbahn cave railway. From there go on for some cider-pressing at Freisederwirt. Games such as cider bottle fishing and sack-race slaloms are followed by rural delicacies cooked on an open fire.
WHERE TO STAY
For upscale Linz lodging, try Austria Trend's Hotel Schillerpark. The modern, glass-facade property offers 111 rooms and suites, plus four meeting spaces - capacities range from 40-90. Located close to the shopping zone, the hotel has three restaurants, two bars, and a casino with more nightlife close by. Its external events team can handle catering for up to 1,500.
Elsewhere, Marriott's four-star Courtyard Linz is ten minutes from the city's main square and the Danube, with a direct connection to the Design Center. It offers 233 rooms, three suites and nine event spaces, the largest of which holds 320.
For trendsetters, the minimalist chic of the recently renovated 73-room Spitz Hotel is the place to be. Overlooking the Danube, Steigenberger Linz offers spectacular views of the river. The property takes its design inspiration from early 20th-century America. It has 168 rooms and suites, plus six meeting rooms - the largest has capacity for 130 delegates.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
A great way to experience Linz's gastronomy is to use the Linz09 Gastrotaler currency - coins cost EUR9 and offer discounts at a huge list of eateries. More traditionally, Arkadenhoflinz on Landstrasse 12 offers award-winning modern European cuisine, while Baubock, on Volksgartenstrasse 19, is known for top-end food and wine - its stylish surrounds can cater for up to 200. Bar Cubus at the uber-cool Ars Electronica Centre seats 120 with views of the Danube, while a rooftop terrace seats 70. For high rollers, Restaurant at Casino Linz offers late-night dining and welcomes large groups. Finally, don't miss the Linzer Torte, claimed to be the world's oldest recipe.
HINTS & TIPS
- Linz, Austria's third largest city and the Danube's biggest port is joint European Capital of Culture 2009, alongside Vilnius.
- Ryanair flies direct to Linz, with many options via Vienna, 30 miles to the west.
- The futuristic Design Center Linz offers planners 10,000m2 of event space, backed by stacks of smaller spaces.
- Linz Tourism offers insight into event options, from DMCs to Capital of Culture offerings.
Linz City Tourist Board
Contact: +43 70 70 70 29 24