Although Linz is often portrayed as a dull and even grey industrial city, the capital of Upper Austria has so much to offer: I'm sharing with you what to do and what to see in a day in Linz and where the most beautiful spots in the city are.
I have been living in Linz for almost two years and show my new home with much pride and joy to my friends. I always like to show them the most beautiful and delicious cafés (Kaffeehäuser) in the city.
Breakfast with the best view over Linz
Start your day with breakfast at the Pöstlingberg in the Jindrak Confectionery. Especially in the warm season, the terrace attracts with clearly the best view over Linz. The breakfasts are large and for about 10 € including a hot drink and fresh orange juice even very cheap compared to other places in Linz.
On the viewing platform on Pöstlingberg, you also have a wonderful view and have Linz at your feet.
How to get to Pöstlingberg: every fifteen minutes the bus 50 goes from the main square to Pöstlingberg. There is also the Pöstlingbergbahn – round trip costs €6.30 and includes a 24h ticket for the public transport in Linz as well.
A Walk along the Danube
From Pöstlingberg you head back to the city and – if you are travelling in public – get off at the stop Rudolfstraße. From there you walk over the bridge (Nibelungenbrücke) and follow the Danube on the left side. The promenade invites to a relaxed walk and in the warm summer months you will also find the Sandburg – a casual bar with real sand, cozy beach furniture and pure holiday flair.
Enjoy the old town
Next on the list is the beautiful old town of Linz. In addition to the main street Landstraße, the Herrnstraße and the streets west of the main square are gorgeous (Hofgasse, Altstadt, Hahnengasse, Alter Markt, …). By the way, you can also walk through the Landhaus.
You shouldn't miss the view of the Pöstlingberg if you go take Hofgasse up to the castle. Another wonderful view of the old town is from the terrace of the castle museum – no admission required. The entire old town lies in front of you.
If you fancy homemade cakes and are in Linz during the week (and not on a public holiday), I highly recommend to check out Horst (Mozartstraße 19). It's absolutely my favourite place in Linz. And actually, Horst is a shop for wonderful interior decor, which also lures with delicious snacks and lunch menus.
Alternatively, head to Jindrak in the city center and try the famous Linzer Torte.
Off to the Campus
Take tram 1 or 2 to JKU – they leave almost every minute from the city center. A good fifteen minutes ride takes you to the university area. There you will find a beautiful, mostly quiet park with a pond in the center. Ducks are very friendly and seem to be never disturbed by the students or visitors.
Make sure to check out the JKU Teichwerk – the Institute for Delicacies. The menu includes healthy bowls prepared with much love.
Tips for the perfect day in Linz
The best way to explore Linz is by public transportation. Buses and trams run frequently in all directions and save you the annoying search for parking spaces (also the expensive parking fees and often the heavy traffic). A day ticket currently costs € 4.50.
If you are interested in the street art scene in Linz, you can also join the Graffiti Walk – it includes a boat trip in the port of Linz as well as a Graffiti crash course where you yourself become a sprayer.
To a wonderful day in Linz! What are your tips for the city?
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