Linz

Culture hot spot on the river Danube

The river Danube has its source in the Black Forests, flowing into the Black Sea. Europe's second biggest river strongly influences both the surrounding landscape and its people. Since Linz was the official European Culture Capital in 2009, the lovely town on the river Danube has permanently improved its rich artistic and cultural heritage. The river itself stands for a source of life, a source of culture. The famous Linzer Torte cake ranks among the town's culinary highlights, filled with redcurrant jam and covered with powdered sugar this wonderful delight attracts visitors from around the world.

Linz strongly influenced by new trends

Linz focuses on both culture and nature coupled with elements of modern architecture. The town boasts incredible 50 parks and public gardens, thus being one of Austria's greenest cities. Besides recreation and swimming fun at three lakes - Pichlinger See, Pleschinger See, Kleiner Weikerlsee – the recreational area of Ländn makes a real nature paradise for young and old. Additionally, the renowned Donaulände event area hosts varied international highlights and is home to the superb Lentos Art Museum, the Brucknerhaus Museum and a metal sculpture park displayed at the "forum metal". Lovers of contemporary art visit the Lentos Museum while future-oriented people get together at the Ars Electronica Center and cultured music fans meet at the Brucknerhaus. Anton Bruckner composed his very first symphony in Linz where the yearly held Bruckner Fest reminds of this fantastic musician. In cooperation with the concurrent Ars Electronica Festival music is transformed into images and breathtaking fireworks. Further world-famous events are "Klangwolke" music installation, "Pflasterspektakel" street fest and "Crossing Europe" film festival.
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