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Take a Tour of Culture and History in Linz

October 27, 2011 - 2:24am
Take a Tour of Culture and History in Linz
Located on both sides of the river Danube, Linz is one of the most stunning cities in Austria. With a rich cultural tradition and a slew of popular, historical destinations, the mid-size city is often a stop on Europe tours.

Linz is perhaps best known for its bustling art and music scene, a reputation that has been enhanced by the construction of the Lentos Art Museum. The large museum, which was opened in May 2003, has one of the most unique structural designs in Europe. In addition to the 1,500 paintings and sculptures are more than 850 photos, Lentos is famous for being completely encased in transparent glass. If visitors are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the building at night they will find it lit up in brilliant blue, pink, red and violet light.

Linz is also a hub of music and performance, the center of which is at the Brucknerhaus. Situated on the banks of the Danube, the iconic concert hall plays host to about 200 shows and attracts upwards of 180,000 people each year.

Though the city's place as a cultural center of Europe is a relatively new development, Linz has a historical component dating back centuries

Among the most famous historic structures in Linz is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This towering gothic-style church was completed in 1924 after more than 60 years of construction. Though it is not the highest cathedral in Austria, its 20,000-seat capacity certainly makes it the biggest. The building is also famous for its many stained-glass windows including one which depicts the history of Linz.

Anyone who visits the city cannot leave without stopping by the Linz Castle and its corresponding museum. The castle was built during the reign of Charlemagne, and although part of it was destroyed by fire in 1800, visitors can still see the walls of the original building while taking a tour.

Whether looking to spend a day lost in art and music or taking a walk through some of Austria's most famous buildings, Linz will not disappoint.