Linz is the third largest city in Austria, and while it has an industrial and manufacturing history, it is also extremely innovative as one of the leading cultural centers in Austria. It was even named the European Capital of Culture in 2009. We both felt it came across as a very livable, approachable and interesting city.
Museums and Sights
This center for electronic arts houses six floors of creative work from hi-tech laboratories all over the world. It is absolutely the most interactive museum (for kids and adults) that we have ever been to. Everything was really fun and the 3-D video exploring the universe was exciting and informative.
This gallery of contemporary art is also a striking piece of architecture on the Danube River. Sadly, the museum was closed while we were in Linz, but we enjoyed the building while partaking in a meal outdoors at their restaurant/cafe.
We went on a stroll through the city from beautiful church to beautiful church and each one had interesting and unique elements. Some churches were very ornate while others possessed a simple gracefulness. We found the walk and churches to be a rejuvenating way to spend an afternoon.
Food and Drink
We loved sitting outside the Lentos and enjoying a tasty meal along the Danube. They had fantastic beer, comforting food, a stunning view and the weather was great. We would have loved to be able to go in the Lentos, but this was a great consolation prize.
If we could have any restaurant in our neighborhood in Oakland, we would love it to be Die Donauwirtinnen. The restaurant and staff were charming, the food and drink were exactly what we love, and the dessert and coffee were a perfect end to the evening. Two huge thumbs up for this place.
We came here for the Linzer Torte and it was very good. We actually are hoping to look up a recipe for this Christmas because Stephanie is convinced it is the perfect December dessert.
The food and coffee here were fine, maybe even good, but the view was out-of-this-world fantastic. Up above the city and overlooking the river, we enjoyed breathing in the fresh fall air and of course resting our legs after the hike up the hill.
This was a nice hotel with nice rooms, but what we loved was the super tasty breakfast, the lovely morning staff, and the excellent location right next to the Ars Electronica Center.