Danube and Brucknerhaus
Linz transforms the Danube – and vice versa
As the city's full name expresses so succinctly, Linz lies on the Danube as few other Austrian cities do. The European Capital of Culture 2009 and UNESCO City of Media Arts invites its visitors to discover the city from the water, too. The Danube in Linz offers a variety of attractions for cyclists, hikers, runners, geocachers, excursionists, city visitors and inhabitants. At night, the illuminations of the cultural buildings Brucknerhaus, Lentos Kunstmuseum and Ars Electronica Center transform the Danube into an exciting play of colours.
The banks of the Danube are an artistic and cultural hotspot in Linz throughout the year. Particularly in the summer months, the second-largest river in Europe becomes a large open-air stage with event highlights, such as LinzFest and the Klangwolken (clouds of sound).
The sculptures in the Donaupark from the legendary forum metall symbolise the development from the city of steel to the city of art. On an excursion into Linz harbour, enjoy the largest open-air gallery in the world. Oversized graffiti decorates the outside walls of old industrial buildings right by the Danube in Linz.
The concert hall named after the great composer and organist Anton Bruckner inspires musicians and visitors with first-class acoustics and a diverse programme. It was opened in 1974, and since then has been a venue where internationally renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists offer performances of an excellent standard. Around 205 events take place in the Brucknerhaus every year.
Particular highlights are the Ars Electronica Festival (organised jointly with Ars Electronica Center), the Linzer Klangwolke (jointly with Austrian Broadcasting – ORF) and the Bruckner Festival, which brings international artists and ensembles to Linz for performances. It is not only the wide variety of concerts offered that shapes Linz's cultural image. The distinctive architecture of the building also makes a striking contribution to the appearance of the Culture Mile by the Danube.
The Bruckner Orchester Linz lets the great composer's music resound on tours around the whole world.
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