Living in Linz
Linz, Austria, home to Runtastic headquarters and the European Capital of Culture 2009, offers a wide variety of entertainment and amazing beauty which makes it the ideal location in central Europe. Linz is the 3rd biggest city in Austria (in regards to population) and the Capital of Upper Austria. Whether you are thinking about relocating to Linz, or are just planning a visit, here are our top 5 picks of this dynamic city.
The Danube River
This vast and stunning river runs right through the city center. Whether you want to go for a run, bike ride, walk, play some beach volleyball or badminton or just want to relax on a blanket with friends, the Danube is the perfect setting. If you’re into watersports, stand up paddle boarding, rowing & water skiing are always options. Linz is a top stop for many river cruiselines traveling the Danube and the view is breathtaking. You can see three iconic bridges plus the Ars Electronica Center & the Lentos Art Museum colorfully lit up each evening.
The miraculous beauty of the Wallfahrtsbasilika is an emblem of the city. You can easily reach this location by car or via Pöstlingbergbahn, the mountain railway that connects the main city square to the top of the mountain. While you’re visiting, you can also check out the Linz Zoo and the enchanting fairy tale world of Grottenbahn. Additionally, the view from the top is absolutely incredible - a spot the whole family is sure to enjoy.
The Linzer Torte
This delectable treat, considered the oldest known cake in the world, is at the heart of the dessert culture in Linz. Who invented it? Well, it’s still a mystery who may have been the first person to make it but it’s no mystery that it’s absolutely delicious. In fact, because locals and many visitors want to share this sweet treat with their friends and family, many bakeries offer a small, travel-safe cake in order to pack in luggage or send to a loved one abroad.
Location, location, location
Linz is at the heart of central Europe and you can easily travel, within 1-4 hours, to popular cities like Vienna, Salzburg, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague & more. There is an airport, but Linz is also very close to the airports in Salzburg and Vienna. Weekend getaways to Hallstatt and Schladming are always an easy and beautiful option, as well as spontaneous day trips to Attersee, Traunsee, Wolfgangsee and many other beautiful lakes.
The Hauptplatz & Landstraße
The Hauptplatz is the main square of town and home to many great restaurants, gift shops, the weekend marketplace as well as the finish line of the Linz Marathon. Right in the center of the square is the Holy Trinity column, a 20-meter high symbol which represents the overcoming of war, fire & plague. Located right behind the Hauptplatz, direction away from the river, is the second biggest shopping street in Austria full of delicious restaurants, specialty & trendy boutiques and gift shops. The Landstrasse is perfect for a stroll on the weekend to grab a coffee, ice cream - or both.