Old Town Walk, Linz (Self Guided)

As with many European cities, Linz features a stunning Old Town district with great architecture, fascinating attractions and historic sites. Many of the city’s most significant sites can be found in this historic district. Discover Linz’s Old Town in the following walk.
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Old Town Walk Map

Guide Name: Old Town Walk
Guide Location: Austria » Linz (See other walking tours in Linz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: EmmaS
Trinity Column

1) Trinity Column (must see)

Trinity Column, in the center of the Main Square, is a Baroque structure completed in 1723. Carved in white marble by Sebastian Stumpfegger according to the design of Antono Beduzzi, it bears a dedication to the Holy Trinity by the guilds, the emperor and the people of Linz in gratitude for deliverance from the dangers of war (1704), fire (1712) and plague (1713). The column is flanked by sculptures of patron saints Sebastian, Florian and Carlo Borromeo.

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Old City Hall

2) Old City Hall

The Old City Hall, a 16th century building, is one of Linz’s most important attractions. In 1659 it was expanded, with a Baroque facade added. It also has Gothic and Renaissance elements in its architecture. The seat of the mayor and the municipal council, it also contains the Linz Genesis Museum and the Linz Museum of the History of Dentistry in Upper Austria.

3) Ignatiuskirche (must see)

Designed by Pietro Francesco Carlone, Ignatiuskirche, also known as the Old Cathedral, was built between 1669 and 1678. From 1785 to 1909 it served as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Linz. This single-nave Baroque church has lateral chapels and galleries, as well as a closed choir and stucco work by J.P. Spaz and G.B. Mazza. The marble high altar by Colomba and Barberini with a picture by Antonio Bellucci and the Aloisian altarpiece by Bartolomeo Altomonte are particularly noteworthy. The choir pews originate from the former monastery church in Garsten, while the organ by Franz Xaver Krismann comes from Engelzell Monastery. From 1856 to 1868 famous composer Anton Bruckner served as its organist.

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4) Nordico (must see)

Nordico, one of Linz’s most well-known museums, is housed in a building originally used as a monastery dating back to 1608. Since 1973, Nordico has been devoted to the city’s history, utilizing archeological artifacts, regional art and other fascinating exhibits.
OK Center for Contemporary Art

5) OK Center for Contemporary Art

The OK Center for Contemporary Art, a project financed by public funding, refers to itself as an experimental laboratory for exploring art. Its goal is to produce and promote contemporary art through workshops, symposiums, art education and music programs. You will find an excellent permanent collection, as well as innovative temporary exhibitions which change on a weekly basis.

6) Ursulinenkirche (must see)

Ursulinenkirche, built between 1736 and 1772, was designed by notable architects Johann Haslinger and J.M. Krinner. Its interior is adorned with sculptures and other works by famous artists such as Bartolomeo Altomonte, Antonio Belucci and Martin Altomonte. A notable later addition to this beautiful church is its Baroque facade.
New Cathedral

7) New Cathedral (must see)

The building of the New Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Linz was begun in 1855 by Bishop Franz-Josef Rudigier. The first stone was laid in 1862. With 20,000 seats, the cathedral is the largest, but not the highest, church in Austria. The originally-planned, higher spire was not approved, because in Austria-Hungary at the time, no building was allowed to be taller than the South Tower of the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. At 135 m, the New Cathedral is two meters shorter than the Viennese cathedral.

Particularly noteworthy are the cathedral's stained-glass windows. The most famous is the Linz Window, which depicts the history of Linz. The windows also contain portraits of the various sponsors of the church's construction. During the Second World War some windows, particularly in the southern part of the cathedral, have been damaged. Instead of restoring the original windows, they have been replaced with windows displaying modern art. Also noteworthy is the nativity scene in the church burial vault, with its figures made by S. Osterrieder, and the display of the regalia of Bishop Rudigier.

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8) Bischofshof (must see)

Bischofshof, located on Bishop Street, the residence of Linz’s bishop, was built between 1721 and 1726 by Michael Pruckmayr and designed by Jakob Prandtauer. Considered to be Linz’s most famous work of Baroque architecture, it also has a large garden, the Bishop's Court Garden, in the rear that is definitely worth seeing.

9) Landhaus (must see)

The site of Upper Austria’s provincial government and parliament, Landhaus was originally a part of Minoritenkirche and was bought in 1564 by the city. Be sure to check out its Renaissance architecture and three inner courtyards. The villa courtyard hosts classical concerts during the summer and features a beautiful fountain in its center.

10) Mozarthaus

Located behind Landhaus, Mozarthaus is where the Austrian composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart lived in 1783. The place where he composed Linz Symphony, this building is a 16th century construction with a beautiful Baroque facade. Be sure not to miss this historic house, which has been the residence of several notable figures over time, and see its Renaissance courtyard.

11) Martinskirche (must see)

Martinskirche, first mentioned in 799, is Linz’s oldest church, though no one knows for sure when this beautiful church was built. Particularly noteworthy is its Carolingian architecture and Romanesque and Gothic door and window arches.
Linz Castle

12) Linz Castle (must see)

First documented in 799, Linz Castle was entirely rebuilt in 1477 by Emperor Friedrich III. You will find the partial remains of the defensive walls, the bastions, the west entrance (Friedrichstor) adorned by a stone coat-of-arms (1481) bearing the inscription "AEIOU" ("The whole world is subject to Austria") and the imperial initials. Around 1600, during the rule of Rudolph II, the castle was redesigned and expanded according to plans of Dutch master builder Anton Muys. This powerful four-story block with two inner courtyards and the main gate to the city (Rudolfstor) date back to this time. Between 1953 and 1963, the fortress was rebuilt as the Upper Austrian Castle Museum. It contains permanent exhibitions of art from the Middle Ages to the present, historic weapons and musical instruments, coins, folklore and the Kastner collection.

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Walking Tours in Linz, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Linz

Create Your Own Walk in Linz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Linz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Linz Museums Tour

Linz Museums Tour

Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. You will find a host of historic sites, great architecture, cultural venues and modern touches here. The best way to absorb the culture of this city is to visit its museums. Take the following tour to discover the great museums Linz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Religious Buildings of Linz

Religious Buildings of Linz

Linz is home to some of Europe’s oldest churches. Besides being historic sites, most of them are beautiful architectural pieces. The following tour highlights the most significant and spectacular religious buildings in Linz.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Linz Nightlife Tour

Linz Nightlife Tour

Linz, as the capital city of Upper Austria, has a very rich nightlife. Its downtown area is packed with many great bars, live music venues and posh nightclubs. Be sure to take the following tour highlighting the best nightlife Linz has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Linz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Linz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Linz, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.