My dear travellers, welcome to a new adventure! Today we continue our adventure through Linz. “Small city, with big ideas and huge opportunities” are words that can briefly describe this lovely city in Austria. The city which is a representative of the new multimedia arts and in 2009, was also proclaimed the European Capital of Culture. In the past 15 years, Linz has slowly but surely developed and became one of the more developed centers of culture in Europe.
Before I start with today’s post, I would like to thank my friends from the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus. It was a beautiful experience, a wonderful summer weekend that I will remember for a long time!
Linz is the third largest city in Austria, which represents the main social, political and administrative center of the Upper Austria region. Belgrade and Linz have something in common, surely you would never have thought it, but both cities are located on a beautiful blue Danube. The Danube, flows to the heart of the city and makes life more interesting, but we will talk about it later. That was an interesting fact which connected me to this city because I love that river so much. In Belgrade is similar situation, people just love to do some of their favourite activities on the banks of Danube.
Before I start with some of the interesting things that are related to today’s life of this city, I’m sure you would love to find out how this city was created. Historians believe that in the prehistory the Celts they inhabited the area of today’s city and called it Lentos, after which they were settled by the ancient Romans and the city got a new name – Lentia. During the old Romans, Linz was first mentioned as the city in 799, when Bavaria expanded to the south. Because of its geographical location, Linz was the most important trade center during the Emperor Friedrich III. After the death of the emperor, the significance of the city declines in favor of Vienna. In the early Middle Ages Germanic tribes inhabited the city. Then the city got the name Linz, the name which we know today very well. 🙂
How did Linz become the most important city of culture in Europe? After the Second World War, Linz began to develop as a cultural centre in the halfway between Vienna and Salzburg. In the past few years, Linz has built many buildings of exceptional cultural significance, such as the modern Lentos Museum and the Brucknerhaus Concert Hall.
Donaulände is a park next to the Danube, where festivals and cultural events are held (Ars Electronica Festival is significant). Also in Linz is opened a museum of modern music art – Ars Electronica Center.
Linz was known before as the “City of Steel”, due to the very strong former metalworking industry, which besides the textile was very developed in this Austrian town. Today, this has been suppressed by various cultural programs and developed river tourism on the Danube. The image of this city has changed and as I mentioned a few years ago, together with Vilnius, Linz became the European capital of culture in 2009.
Linz is a city which you need to explore! The thing I liked most was how the city developed and at the same time developed new opportunities, such as river tourism on the Danube. Life by the river of the mind is very interesting. I noticed that the color of the Danube is not the same in Linz and Belgrade. I’m sure you yourself know the answer to this question. The waste that is piled on the banks of the river in Serbia needs to be removed as soon as possible, but this is only the current solution.
The most important thing for us is that, as residents of the Serbia, we simply keep in mind that if we keep our environment clean, life will be much easier for everyone. Cans, bottles and other waste floating by the Danube and the Save river is not a beautiful picture that can be sent to the world, so we should as soon as possible analyse ourselves and start changing ourselves as soon as possible.
The city is small and well organized, if by any chance you can not explore the city by foot, you have excellent trams, there are a couple of lines. We had a little fun and only after a couple of rides we realized that Linz is not a very small city that at first sight can look like to somebody. Prices compared to other cities in Europe are almost the same.
Since we were able to spend the weekend in Linz, We visited the market that is being held on the main square. It’s a real little paradise for people who want to buy some interesting things for gift or for personal use. At the marketplace you can find everything and I will say at this interesting marketplace you can find interesting books, cloths and silk Persian carpets … This market you will find almost every weekend in the heart of the city. If you have the opportunity to visit this city on weekends, leave your Saturday free and get ready for the crowd! 🙂 You will have a nice shopping spree, I’m sure!
If you have already arrived in Linz, do not forget to visit Mariendom (New Cathedral). The new cathedral is the largest cathedral in Austria and architecture is absolutely amazing. You can sit down and enjoy the beauty of this space. One evening we were able to listen to the concert in front of the church, were very interesting performers.
I would never say that it can be such interesting music at a church music festival. Linz is a city that celebrates diversity and where everything is possible. In the next post I will reveal to you some interesting places in Linz that you must visit.
My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of second post from Linz. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Austria. I know that you loved the travel posts from July and now I will show you all the beauties of Linz! We will together explore the City of Media Arts! Who didn’t read my previous post about Linz, you can read it here.
How do you like this story about Linz? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.
As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!