At the heart of the city Main Square and the city center

The Main Square (Hauptplatz) forms the center of Linz. The city center offers lots of shops and culinary highlights. The whole year it is a location for versatile events.

The Main Square

Hauptplatz (The Main Square) forms the center of Linz, and with an area of around 13,200 m², it is one of the largest enclosed squares in Austria. An impressive 20-metre-high column, completed in 1723, is situated in the middle of Hauptplatz. The column is made of white marble and is dedicated to the Holy Trinity. It was built in gratitude for having survived disasters and as protection against fire, war and plague. As a marketplace, Hauptplatz soon helped Linz to achieve an economic recovery. Hauptplatz is still the venue for a variety of events and markets.

Hauptplatz is located near to the Danube, and is enclosed by buildings with an important historical background and whose striking facades characterise the square's appearance. Examples include the Old Town Hall, which is the seat of Linz's mayor and where Tourist Information Linz is also located, as well as the building of the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, and Feichtinger-Haus, which houses the famous Glockenspiel.

Tip: Linz's Glockenspiel changes its melody depending on the season – listen to Christmas carols, the national anthem or masterpieces by Mozart, Haydn or Bruckner. The Glockenspiel is a real delight!

Shopping along Landstraße and through the city center

Linz's Landstraße is one of the most-frequented shopping streets in Austria, and the most famous shopping street in Linz. Not only Landstraße, but also the side streets invite you to go window shopping and offer a diverse selection for every taste. Shops with famous brands, as well as the smaller shops are perfect for browsing and exploring!

Tip: Don't forget to try turning off Landstraße to discover the small stores, cafés and restaurants in the backstreets!

Opening hours - Shops in Linz (regular) Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm Saturday 9 pm to 5 pm