Top 10 experiences for families Highlights for families in Linz

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. (Please note the opening hours and the days the Grottenbahn is closed)

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.

Grottenbahn | Zoo | Pöstlingberg tram

Grottenbahn Eingang Linz c linztourismus Gruber

Discover Linz

Segway Linz Urfahr c LinzTourismus EStephan

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.

City Walking Tour

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.

Segway tours

Experience the Danube

A fun and exciting trip on the MS Linzerin with the shipping company Wurm+Noé is on the agenda again this year. The ship departs from Linz's Donaupark daily (between spring and autumn) except Monday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 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 pm, children up to 13 years of age 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). Children under 6 years of age generally ride free of charge.

Harbour tours

Schifffahrt Donau Linz c tom mesic

Children's culture

Musiktheater Linz Grosser Saal c Reinhard Winkler

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.

Funny stories, exciting adventures and concerts for children allow the young visitors to simply immerse themselves in the cultural experiences.

Culture for families

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.

In the children's research laboratory, young researchers from 4 to 8 years of age can do handicrafts, make music, draw, program and experiment. This allows them to immerse themselves playfully in the thematic fields of the Ars Electronica Center. The young visitors are invited to observe, reflect and try out new things and can learn from them for the future!

Ars Electronica Center

Kinder im Ars Electronica Deep Space c Robert Bauernhansl

On a discovery tour in the castle museum

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The Linz Castle Museum provides a varied insight into the natural, cultural and art history of Upper Austria from the beginning of life to the 21st century. Here, young and old can discover extraordinary animals, admire historical inventions or visit exhibitions on special topics.

Every first Sunday of the month all families are invited to explore the castle museum free of charge. Family afternoons are also offered on a regular basis, with alternating main themes.

Castle Museum

Event 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.

Many exhibitions, fairs, festivals and more are designed for kids!

Events for families

Pflasterspektakel Linz c linztourismus Eva Lechner

Nature in Linz

Donaulaende Donaupark Linz c tom mesic

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 natural conditions allow the exhibited plants to be grouped in complete landscapes, so that visitors can imagine they are in the middle of the plant’s natural habitat.

Botanical Garden Linz

Almost half of the municipal area of Linz is green space. Explore the parks, the nature reserves or the green areas with play areas for children and young people as well as extensive forests.

Children's play areas in Linz | Nature in 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-Josefs-Warte on Freinberg, which offers great views.

City hiking trails

Fancy a cycling trip? The  will delight you with well-established cycle routes on the banks of the Danube.

Danube Cycle Path

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voestalpine Steel World

Ausstellung in der voestalpine Stahlwelt 2 c linztourismus Robert Josipovic

Immerse yourself in the world of steel in Linz and discover voestalpine Stahlwelt in an interactive way. This interactive exhibition uses multimedia to show you what lies behind the Austrian group. The latest technologies and innovative production processes of Linz steel are presented, right through to the finished product.

Special tours for families with children aged 6 to 15 are offered here. The programme is adapted to the age of the young explorers.

voestalpine Steel World