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Linz - Impressions

Main Square / Trinity Column

In the middle of the Main Square, one of Austria's most attractive closed squares, there stands the 20 m high Baroque Trinity Column (completed in 1723). Carved in white marble by Sebastian Stumpfegger, according to a model from Antono Beduzzi, the column bears three inscriptions. These announce the dedication of the column to the Holy Trinity by the guilds, the Emperor and the people of Linz in gratitude for deliverance from the dangers of war (1704), fire (1712) and plague (1713).


The Pöstlingbergbahn, Europe's steepest mountain railway, carries passengers over a distance of 2,9 km in 16 minutes, with a height difference of 255 m. A world record, as confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. Built in 1898, the record railway still operates with romantic cars from the turn of the century.

Linz at the Danube

Experience the Danube - two Danube shipping companies offer the possibility of getting to know Linz and its surrounding region by water. The Wurm & Köck shipping line covers the stretch between Linz and the German three-river city of Passau, via the Upper Danube Valley with its Schlögener Schlinge (unique meanders). Or choose your own cruise aboard the MS Helene - Manfred Schaurecker and his team are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.

New Cathedral - Maria Empfängnisdom

The construction of the neo-Gothic cathedral was already initiated in 1855 by the then Bishop of Linz, F.J. Rudiger, and the foundation stone was laid in 1862. The building was designed by the Cologne cathedral builder Vinzenz Statz. Consecration occurred in 1924. The tower height was limited to 134 m (as it was not permitted to outdo the Vienna Stephansdom). The cathedral offers room for 20.000 worshippers and is also notable for its painted glass windows, including the famous "Linz Window" with scenes from the history of Linz (left front). At Christmas the crypt church contains one of the largest nativity scenes, measuring 12 m in length.


The Ursulinenkirche was built by the Linz master builders Johann Haslinger and J.M. Krinner between 1736 and 1772. All the sculptures are from F.J. Mähl. The altar leaves were painted by Bartolomeo Altomonte and Antonio Belucci, while the high altar painting stems from Martin Altomonte. The curved facade has twin spires and figures from F.J. Mähl and Ignaz Hiebel. The nunnery was vacated by the Ursuline nuns in 1968 and purchased by the Upper Austrian government in 1973. It was then converted into the provincial cultural centre.

Cycling along the Danube

Linz has about 200 kilometres cycle routes through the city. Cycling (at a walking speed) is also permitted in the pedestrian precinct.

Danube Cycling Path

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