Highlights for families
Pöstlingberg Adventure World
A ride on the Pöstlingbergbahn up Linz's local mountain is an experience for the whole family. From the mountain tramway station, it's only a few minutes to the pilgrimage basilica and the viewing platform. From here, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Linz and the Danube. A special highlight for both young and old is the Grottenbahn – Linz's realm of dwarves and fairy tales. Fancy having a look round Linz's zoo? Around 600 exotic and native animals of approx. 110 species will captivate both children and adults on the site of almost 4 hectares on Pöstlingberg.
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Get to know Linz! Explore the European Capital of Culture 2009 and UNESCO City of Media Arts and its history on the Linz City Walking Tour, a daily tour of the city centre. Children particularly enjoy a ride on the yellow train, the Linz City Express.
On a Segway tour, you roll through the city. Almost silent, and with no effort required. You seem to hover through Linz. For children weighing 45 kg or more, accompanied by adults.
Family tours of the New Cathedral
Linz's Mariendom is the largest church in Austria and can accommodate up to 20,000 people. There are many interesting perspectives to be discovered in the New Cathedral – such as on an ascent of the tower.
Experience the Danube
Harbour tours with Wurm+Köck
A fun and exciting trip on the MS Linzerin with the shipping company Wurm+Köck is on the agenda again this year. The ship departs from Linz's Donaupark daily except Monday at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm and takes families on a 1.5-hour harbour tour past Linz's Culture Mile downriver to the harbour district, where oversized graffiti decorates the house walls. The highlight of the tour on the Danube is the entry to the harbour of the ÖSWAG shipyard. During the trip, children also have the opportunity of taking an exam for the "boatmaster's certificate".
Tip: Every Friday at 3.00 pm, children ride free of charge upon presentation of an Upper Austrian Family Card and if they are accompanied by at least one parent (Grandma+Grandpa Bonus), up to 13 years of age. Children under 6 years of age generally ride free of charge.
Come on board one of the proudest ships on the Danube – the paddle-wheel steamship Schönbrunn. Built in 1912 in the DDSG shipyard in Budapest, she was taken out of service in 1988 and ÖGEG was able to save her from being scrapped in 1995. Today, the Schönbrunn is once again underway for you on the Danube.
Children are very welcome in Linz's venues for music and theatre. Special children's programmes for theatre, music, dance and puppet theatre are available.
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Museum of the future
The whole family can experiment and research on adventure journeys through the museum of the future, Ars Electronica Center in Linz. Lentos Kunstmuseum, also situated right by the Danube, has its own studio for kids. Children's workshops are offered in Linz's Schlossmuseum.
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There are 10,000 different species of plants to admire on more than four hectares at the Botanical Gardens in Linz. The garden's unique protected collection of cacti is the finest in Europe.
The multiple award-winning informative nature project NATURSCHAUSPIEL.at offers exclusive experiences of nature in Upper Austria's most beautiful and interesting nature reserves. Discover unknown worlds, rare animals and impressive plants with a team of experts. You can hike, research, collect, taste and marvel at the treasures of Linz's natural landscape.
Nature tours in Linz
Children's play areas in Linz
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Highlights for families
Linz offers an extensive cultural programme for the whole family. The highlights include Night of the Family, the Pflasterspektakel, Höhenrausch, the Kinderklangwolke by the Danube, the Children's Film Festival, the Children's Culture Week, the Knights' Festival and numerous events in Advent.
Discover new perspectives on the city! Art and cultural exhibitions above the roofs of Linz await visitors both young and old. Höhenrausch will captivate you this year with "The birds' secret" above the roofs of Linz.
Explore the city on foot
Discover Linz! Ten different city hiking trails provide you with new perspectives on Linz. An experience of nature for the whole family: Children particularly enjoy the Franz-Josef-Warte on Freinberg, which offers great views.
Fancy a cycling trip? The Danube Cycle Path will delight you with well-established cycle routes on the banks of the Danube.
Immerse yourself in the world of steel in Linz and discover voestalpine Stahlwelt in an interactive way. Special tours for families with children aged 6 to 15 are offered here. The programme is adapted to the age of the young explorers.