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Postcard from Linz: Art will save the World!

Dear my travellers, Welcome to my new post! A couple of days I got few messages with the same question “When you’re planning to write the new post about your adventure in Linz?!”. I think today is the perfect time to write the last post from this special series of posts from Linz. I will dedicate today’s post to people who live in this beautiful city and the arts surrounding them daily. From the previous posts you learned something new about this city, which you may not have had the opportunity to read by now, but today’s post will be a little different. Before I start I would like to thank you for the support of the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus which helped me to meet this beautiful city.

 

 

The city that has succeeded in a very short time to unite the beauty of art with the beauty of a fast life is precisely Linz itself. The great flourishing of art and the development of culture have helped to raise the city itself in socio-political scales and the city of Linz is in second place after Vienna by the number of all the most important cultural and artistic events taking place in Austria and the high place in Europe as well. In one of the previous posts, you had the opportunity to read that Linz was the European capital of culture a couple of years ago.

 

 

I do not know if you have ever had the opportunity to read, hear from someone, or even see for yourself an special action called “Open Piano”. It is a special action that has been carried out across Europe and the world, when in the heart of the city you will find a piano that is accessible to everyone. The aim of this action is to collect help to all refugees who need help for their basic human needs. Medicine has proven that music has a positive impact on health and can help a lot in treating various types of illness. Here, music has received a portable role of savior, which can help the powerless to come to the fulfillment of basic human rights that would otherwise have to be a guarantee for everyone on this planet.

How is this action working? The slogan of this action all over the world is: “Everyone is welcome to play, everyone is welcome to listen, every donation from the heart was more than welcome!”. Everyone who wants to play can play piano, knowledge is not crucial, only good will and strong desire are important here. During this visit, at least two hours a day, the photographer and I spent on the bench just to enjoy the performances.

There were extremely talented people who, beside talent for playing, showed their incredible vocal abilities. One girl was so talented that I thought I was at the music concert of Adele or Celine Dion. An interesting concept that has recaptured some of my childhood memories when I learned to play the piano. I maybe wasn’t talented kid, but I was extremely persistent and hard worker… I did not finish elementary music school, but I carry in the heart of a nice memory on those times.

 

 

Linz is a city whose streets are delighted with art and some special elegance. Tourists come from various parts of Europe and the world to explore this gem in the north of Austria. Everyone will bring home some of the story of Linz, a city inspired by many famous historical figures and some personalities that are the inspiration of this 21st century.

This city just “fell for me” for the heart, I do not know if it is because of the exceptional beauty and charm, either because of the close distance of the Danube or the beautiful summer weather that I managed to capture for a moment in this Austrian town. I’m not sure, I do not have a concrete answer! Perhaps this is a combination of all of the above, but I will leave it to you to judge. Would you like to tell me your opinion about Linz? How did you experience it through my stories? Especially I would like to hear the opinions of people who already had the opportunity to visit this city. Simply, I always like to hear the impressions of other people just to know how successful I was in presenting of some city.

 

 

Linz is also known as the “City of Peace”. In 1986, the City Council proclaimed the capital of Upper Austria as the “City of Peace of Linz”. The aim of this provision was exclusively to raise social responsibility whose main role was to maintain peace. With the proclamation of the City of Peace in October 1986, the city of Linz undertook to maintain “the longing for peace and commitment to the peace of the people in the city, and that the basic principle of the future of local politics and the stability of community relations is maintained”.

 

 

In a conversation with a couple of people who are already the fourth or fifth generation who grew up in Linz, I learned a few interesting things about the way of life in the local community of Linz. Linz is in itself an innovative center of Upper Austria and represents a city of new opportunities.

The quality of life in all spheres of life and a wide range of services make the capital of Upper Austria a perfect place for living. Now, there are over 100,000 apartments available in Linz – a supply of flats that is constantly growing. The primary goal is to create as many people as possible an optimal residential and living environment at affordable prices. Extreme care is taken of people living with minimum income and they are always provided with a basic social assistance and protection package every month.

 

 

Their health care system is very well organized and all costs of health services are covered depending on the health fund you choose: state or the private one. It is similar to the health system of Germany, but it is slightly more flexible and has more benefits. It was fun for me to talk to people who live and work in this city and when they heard that I was a blogger who will present Linz on the blog, they wanted to answer on all the questions. I was glad to have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people who showed that Linz was an open heart city. A truly wonderful experience, which I will remember for a long time.

 

 

We almost miss the plane, thank God that I always have a responsible person beside myself, since I could listen to the stories for hours. I just love to talk with people. The sun slowly went down, and our visit to this interesting town ended. It was a short but sweet journey. Linz will always have a special place in my heart and I sincerely hope that I will return soon to continue my adventure.

 

 

In the end, we had to do a little faster last shooting of the city and run or otherwise we would miss our airport carpool! My photographer has found the right moment to make the perfect last photo in Linz… I do not like separations, it’s hard for me to say goodbye to some city, but I said, “Hi, my dear Linz, I’ll see you again soon!” With these words, I gave my promise to Linz and entered the car. The ride to the airport was much shorter than when we came. I guess there was too much fatigue present and time just flew.

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of post from Linz. Unfortunately this is the last post from this special series of posts about 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. Who didn’t read my previous post about Linz, you can read it here.

I would like to say once again thank you to the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus for the wonderful experience and the hotel Schwärzer Bar for hospitality. It was a journey to remember, and I hope that I showed you this little Austrian adventure in the best possible way. Sometimes the words are just not enough, so I’ll tell you to look at the last photo in this post and my smile will tell you all those words that I have not been able to write in posts about this lovely city.

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!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus and Schwarzer Bär Hotel from Linz.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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Story from Linz: Piece of Heaven on the banks of the Danube

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 BoardLinz 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.

There is a castle of Emperor Friedrich III in the city. and the oldest Austrian church of St. Martin. Also very significant church is the neo-Gothic church Mariendom.

 

 

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!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera
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