Linz and the Danube

Discover the city on all levels, from the water © LinzTourismus BalonKest Discover the city on all levels, from the water © LinzTourismus BalonKest

Linz transforms the Danube – and vice versa: In Linz, the Danube curves and changes direction – here, it changes its face. Is it just chance that at exactly this point on the river, a city has emerged that has experienced many changes? Today, Linz is a symbiosis as a city of industry, culture and international media arts. Linz's designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts shows that, together with Lyon, Sapporo, Tel Aviv and Dakar, it is one of the world's most future-oriented locations.

Particularly in Upper Austria, the Danube is far more than the fascinatingly beautiful river landscape that stretches from the bend known as the Schlögener Schlinge to Grein, via the Linz Basin and the picturesque Strudengau region.


Border and connecting link

Over centuries, the river was alternately a dividing line and a connecting link between the cultures and regions on its banks. As the "limes", it already served as a boundary between the Roman Empire and the lands of the "barbarians" to the north of the Danube more than 2,000 years ago. Even in the 20th century, the borders of the occupation zones after the Second World War ran along the Danube and made Linz a divided city. Later, during the Cold War, parts of the Iron Curtain fell along the Danube. And yet the Danube was always more than just an embankment of water. Time and again, it made possible transregional links of a political or economic nature, or otherwise. Along the Danube, Christian missionaries spread not only their faith, but also cultural skills, from the alphabet to agriculture and horticulture.


Cultural pleasure on the banks of the Danube

Schiff AEC Donaulinztourismus LEThe core of Linz, the inspiring, future-oriented cultural city, has been built by the Danube. The Brucknerhaus – Linz's top location for sophisticated music – was its bridgehead, followed by Ars Electronica Center and Lentos Kunstmuseum. The arc from the city of steel to the city of culture is formed by the large-format metal sculptures of forum metall in the Donaupark, whose green areas and water attract the whole of Linz in summer.

The Donaupark between the two buildings is the living room of the young people of Linz, above all, in the summer months. The area between the city and the river is also a tried-and-tested open-air stage as the annual venue for the Klangwolke (cloud of sound) and the culturally ambitious multi-sector LinzFest, among others.


Vitality by the Danube

Linz cultivates vitality and culture, and particularly on the Danube, this comes to obvious fruition. The Danube is a stage for life in Linz, on which relaxation and gentle excursions are given pride of place. A good 40,000 travellers on river cruise ships make a stop in Linz every year, and 70,000 touring cyclists travel to the city on the Danube Cycle Path, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.


Discover Linz from the water

The shipping companies based in Linz invite you to unwind on a boat trip on the Danube and to discover new perspectives on Linz.



Eventhighlights alongside the Danube

July Pflasterspektakel Linz city center
Sepember Ars Electronica Festival Ars Electronica Center
Sepember voestalpine visualized Klangwolke Danube park
September voestalpine Kinderklangwolke Danube park
September voestalpine Klangwolke classic Brucknerhaus
September - October International Brucknerfest Brucknerhaus


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