Parks and green oases
Linz is one of the greenest cities in Austria. Enjoy some relaxation in one of the parks in the city centre.
Nature in Linz
Linz's local mountain is the green landmark of the city and a popular excursion destination for nature lovers. As well as a ride on the grotto railway and a visit to the pilgrimage basilica, you can also go on long walks. Well-kept hiking trails, cultural events in the Rosengarten or family fun in the forest playground await you – Pöstlingberg is an oasis of rest and relaxation for both young and old. In good weather, enjoy a breathtaking view of Linz and the Alps.
The Botanical Gardens on the hill called Gugl are among the most beautiful in Europe. On 4.2 ha, you can admire around 10,000 different species of plants. The extensive annual programme at the Botanical Gardens includes lectures, concerts, art exhibitions and special tours, as well as activities for children. Five greenhouses present exotic plants in all their splendour throughout the year. Various species of orchids and one of Europe's largest cacti collections are the highlights.
Zoo Linz is situated halfway up Pöstlingberg and is an ideal excursion destination, especially for families. An unforgettable experience for visitors is guaranteed with around 600 exotic and native animals. Enjoy a stunning view of Linz.
NATURSCHAUSPIEL.at is a captivating and informative experience of nature for both adults and children. Themed tours, nature experiences, expeditions, hikes and other activities invite you to discover, marvel at and understand nature.
Linz's Schlossmuseum presents the permanent exhibition Nature in Upper Austria on 1,450 m². Natural objects, models, large-scale dioramas, interactive media and living animals in aquaria demonstrate the diversity of living organisms in Upper Austria.
Animals, plants and rocks – Linz's Biology Centre is all about collecting, exhibiting and researching flora and fauna. Alternating shows and special exhibitions, as well as events and workshops make the Biology Centre a visual educational institution.
City hiking trails
Ten marked hiking trails lead you through the green city by the Danube. You can find route descriptions, maps and elevation profiles in the Linz City Hiking Trails brochure (DE).
Donausteig (Danube trail)
Hardly any other region is as diverse as the Danube region. Numerous landscapes that could not be more different, accompany hikers on the Danube trail from Passau via Linz to Grein and offer breathtaking insights and perspectives in a fabulously beautiful country.
Branching off from the main route, numerous Donausteig hiking laps lead into the hinterland, thus enable a more intense experience of the region.