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Once a gray industrial powerhouse best known for being "Hitler's home town," 21st-century Linz is glowing, transforming itself into a bustling, cultural metropolis. With an idyllic location on the Danube River, modern day Linz is projecting a more progressive and arts-oriented image with each passing decade – think bright lights and futuristic architecture. Popular with Europeans on weekend breaks who come to experience its blend of history, art and stimulating nightlife, Linz is a creative and design hotspot, home to the futuristic Ars Electronica museum dedicated to the "virtual arts," Austria's largest universal museum, the Castle ...

Once a gray industrial powerhouse best known for being "Hitler's home town," 21st-century Linz is glowing, transforming itself into a bustling, cultural metropolis. With an idyllic location on the Danube River, modern day Linz is projecting a more progressive and arts-oriented image with each passing decade – think bright lights and futuristic architecture. Popular with Europeans on weekend breaks who come to experience its blend of history, art and stimulating nightlife, Linz is a creative and design hotspot, home to the futuristic Ars Electronica museum dedicated to the "virtual arts," Austria's largest universal museum, the Castle Museum, as well as buzzing nightclubs and a wide ranch of urban architecture juxtaposed against historic facades. And it is little wonder that this bright, cosmopolitan town was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2009.

But not all of Upper Austria is fast-paced modern utopia. Outside the city, the scenery gradually morphs into gently sloping plains, pristine mountain lakes (especially the Salzkammergut District) and quaint mountain villages, which soften the stimulation and utilitarianism of Linz. This is where Austrians come to unwind and indulge more leisurely pursuits. Austrians also love food, and the versatility of the region offers some of Austria’s finest cuisine, providing visitors diverse opportunities to experience a gorgeous mix of cultures and tastes.

Aaron Anderson
About the Expert

Aaron Anderson is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Washington, D.C. City Guide, a contributor on western states to Lonely Planet USA, and he wrote the Austria chapters for Lonely Planet's Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Linz is located along the Danube River in northern Austria.
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall

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