It took a long time coming, but since Linz seized the reins as European Capital of Culture 2009, the world it seems is finally waking up to the charms of Austria’s third city. Sitting prettily astride the Danube, Linz rewards visitors who look beyond its less-than-loveable industrial outskirts.
This dynamic city is on the move. Here, daring public art installations, a burgeoning cultural scene and flagship museums that look fresh-minted for a sci-fi movie all signal tomorrow’s Austria. This is also a historic city, with a castle, a well-preserved Altstadt (old town) and grand cafes serving up Linzer Torte and tales of the Empire. This is a city both interesting and beautiful – albeit in an unconventional way.