Nestled between both banks of the River Danube, Linz is an attractive and picturesque destination to visit. The capital of upper Austria is the hub of the country's second strongest economic region. It is not only known for being an industrial metropolis with massive steel and chemical works but is also renowned for its rich cultural legacy with a plethora of museums and festivals.
Overlooking the Danube, history buffs would love taking a trip to the intimidating and magnificent Linz Castle (Linz Schloss). Today, it is home to the amazing Schlossmuseum, housing significant art and historical collections along with displays showcasing art from the prehistoric, Roman and medieval periods, including paintings, sculptures, arms, and armor. The more urban South Wing comprises of permanent exhibits regarding nature and technology as well temporary exhibits.
When it comes to religious shrines, do spend some time at St. Martin's Church (Matinskirche). The oldest church in Austria is retained in its original form. This impressive 8th-century church represents the earliest Corolingian architecture. Some of the features include an interior packed with 15th-century frescoes, along with outlines of ancient doorways and windows in the sidewalls, dating back to Gothic period.
Do head over to the incredible New Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Neuer Dom). Wander about the three-aisled, Neo-Gothic pillared basilica of yellow sandstone with an ambulatory fringed by a ring of chapels. Do drop by at the city's Old Cathedral (Alter Dom), the twin-towered Jesuit church of St. Ignatius (Ignatiuskirche) is renowned for its incredible Italian decorations.
Need a breather from the hustle-bustle of the concrete jungle? Then do stroll around the Botanical Gardens, near the outskirts of Linz. They are regarded as one among Europe's most stunning gardens. Saunter about the 10,000 species of plants spanning over several gorgeous flowerbeds and five greenhouses. Linz is not an industrial city for no reason for the city has played a major role in the Austrian steel industry. The nation's biggest steel manufacturer, Voestalpine A.G, has crafted a amazing attraction. Visitors are given an opportunity to enter a life-size replica of a blast furnace, along with several hands-on exhibits exhibiting the manufacturing process from start to finish.
There are several museums worth visiting in Linz. Some of them are: the Ars Electronica Center (also called the Museum of the Future; dynamic center to showcase technology, media, industry, and art; exhibits are also related to climate change and pollution, space exploration, biotechnology, and robotics) and Lentos Art Museum (rich collection of over1,500 pieces of artwork, including representations from the 19th century, as well as Classical Modernism masterpieces by the likes of Austrians Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele).
When it comes to shopping, do wander about Linzer Landstrasse, for it is one of the most frequently-visited shopping hubs in Austria. As for cuisine, do try out the Linzer Torte - said to be the oldest cake in the world, with its first recipe dating as far back as from 1653.
The stay options in Linz are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations are available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Linz experiences oceanic climate with significant influences of continental airflows. The best time to visit would be from May to September when the temperatures are pleasant and conducive for sight-seeing.