Things to do in Linz

Our most recommended things to do in Linz

Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

1. Salzburg: Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

See the sights of Salzburg on a full-day tour from Vienna, with optional drop off for those who want to stay the night. Traveling in small groups of no more than 8 people, the intimate tour will take you through the breathtaking scenery of the Vienna Woods, with the peaks of the Alps in the distance, and on to the stunning Austrian lake district. Stop by picture-postcard Lake Attersee and visit the charming alpine village of St. Gilgen at lake Wolfgangsee, a famous location in the hit movie "The Sound of Music." Upon arrival in Salzburg, discover Salzburg's UNESCO-listed Old Town with your guide on a leisurely walking tour. Hear intriguing stories about the city's famous inhabitants as you pass Mozart's birthplace, the colorful gardens of Mirabell Palace, the cemetery of the Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg Cathedral, and the Archbishop’s Palace. Spend the afternoon in Salzburg with plenty of free time to purchase lunch and wander Mozart town on your own before making the journey back to Vienna with your driver.

Linz: Exciting Outdoor-Escape-Game, walk and adventure

2. Linz: Exciting Outdoor-Escape-Game, walk and adventure

You will start at a location in the centre. From then on, your smartphone (our special app in German language) will guide you and support you to design an own route through the area. You will hear a story about a missing person. Help the police to find this former investigater and bestseller author or help to find out what happened to him. You will assist the local police. You will get access to all police files and to all witness reports. There must be some detail that will finally solve this mystery. The app will guide you to 15 different locations. At each location you will solve a riddle or try to solve a Blackstory. And you will get access to new information about this strange crime case and the missing person. This is a fun game and adventure and is perfect for a group of up to five persons. Perfect for couples, perfect for families with kids older than 9. This is more than a basic walking trip, this is an amazing and a challenge for you as a team. Read about the background story here below. What is this crime case about, what is the story behind it? Let us provide you with some background information. This whole case is about him. He used to be a successful detective. After he retired, he started to write books which became bestsellers. His new book with short stories about the most crazy crime cases that he had to deal with during his career as detective will be released soon. But suddenly he, the author, disapeared. And also the script of his new book is missing. There are rumours about problems in his marriage and lately he also acted weird. That is what his friends are saying. Since he went missing, the media reported constantly about this case, but the police is still unable to solve this crime case. Can you find out what happened? You will go to meet his friends, listen to witnesses and read or listen to police reports. And you will also find some of the weird stories that he wants to publish in his new book. A book that is supposed to become a bestseller. Work together as a team and find out what really happened, while you explore this area. This is a good workout, a fun game and an exciting and challenging task for you as a team. Special offer: if the weather suddenly is not suitable for your adventure or you want to reschedule due to other reasons: no problem. Once you booked, you can start within 48 hours after the originally booked starting time. Bonus: We included some extra tasks and riddles which you can solve at any time after you finished this event. Note: Your route is not a mainstream tourist route from one famous sight to another. There also will not be any historical or boring articles or speeches about the places that you will visit. The places that you will visit might fit to the story of the crime case, but maybe not always.

Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

3. Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover the rich history of Linz with a private guide. See the best Old Town highlights and embark on a relaxing cruise along the Danube River to discover Linz’s culture, industry, and nature. Meet your guide at the main square and stroll up the narrow Hofgasse street with lovely pastel buildings towards the Linz Castle. Pass through the castle’s inner courtyard to get to the Castle Park for a nice view of Linz and Pöstlingberg across the river. Walk to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building with a lovely courtyard. Enjoy its stylish architecture and interesting commentary from your guide. Further down you will reach Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-gothic New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom. See the Baroque highlight of Linz’s Old Town - the Old Cathedral, which marks the city’s skyline with its two towers topped with onion domes. At the iconic main square, Hauptplatz, you will see the Neptune Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, and other historic buildings. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column. Finally, get on board the MS Linzerin ship to go on a 100 minutes long cruise along the Danube River. Choose between a guided and non-guided cruise. During the guided option, your guide will point out the most important buildings along the way, such as the futuristic glass buildings of the Ars Electronica Center, the Lentos Art Museum, and the famous copper concert hall “Brucknerhaus.” You will also discover the fantastic views of wide nature reserves and the harbor quarter. During the non-guided cruise option, the guide will take you to the ship's departure point. You will have the best time admiring the amazing views with your family or friends. You can grab a drink or choose a meal from a special menu onboard.

Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

4. Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Take an informative and personal tour of the charming Old Town of Linz. Explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings with your guide as you learn about this fascinating place. Start your tour at the Baroque highlight of Linz’s city center - the Old Cathedral. See this monumental 17th-century church with its two onion dome towers. Step inside to admire its lavish interiors, with an elaborately detailed wooden pulpit and high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. Next, visit the iconic Main Square, or Hauptplatz. Stroll among the stylish white and pastel buildings and you'll see the Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, the Kirchmayr House, and the Schmidberger House. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column right in the center of the bustling town square. Explore the relaxing Castle Park with its stunning views of the Danube River, and then head to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building. End your walking tour on the site of Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-Gothic New Cathedral. Choose the 3-hour tour option if you'd like to step inside the New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom, where you can marvel at the gorgeous interior design. Admire the fantastic altar, crypts, hand carved wood details, and many exquisite stained glass windows that can be studied for hours. Take a walk through Bauernberg Park to see its monuments. Opt for the 4-hour tour option, and you'll also visit the Nordico Stadtmuseum, which is only a few steps away from the Old Cathedral. Discover varied temporary exhibitions on the history and culture of Linz, including old collections of photographs, antique pieces of furniture, art referencing the city, and other interesting exhibits. Embark on the full 6-hour tour to visit the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum located right inside Linz Castle. Gain a deeper understanding of how Linz, once primarily an industrial center, became a pioneer in culture, art, and technology. See the museum’s top attraction, the permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century.

Linz: Magical Christmas Tour

5. Linz: Magical Christmas Tour

See how the city of Linz celebrates Christmas on this tour of the best festive locations and Christmas markets in town. Discover a wide variety of Austrian traditions and customs, including a range of seasonal products such as the traditional Glühwein. Witness some of the city's most important sights and beautifully decorated locations as you follow your professional local guide around the streets of the Old Town. Listen to festive anecdotes and discover interesting facts about Christmas time in Linz. Experience the city from a unique perspective as you admire some of the Old Town's most iconic locations lit up by Christmas lights. At the markets, sample some of Austria's most renowned festive delicacies or sip on a glass of mulled wine as you soak up Linz's charming festive atmosphere.

Literature in Linz: Adalbert Stifter Institute Private Tour

6. Literature in Linz: Adalbert Stifter Institute Private Tour

Visit Stifter Haus - Adalbert Stifter Institute to see a permanent exhibition dedicated to the author's personal life and literary legacy. Enjoy exploring memorial rooms dedicated to the pride of Upper Austria’s literature. Meet with your private guide in Linz main square and take a short walk to the Adalbert Stifter Institute. See the original furniture, including his marriage bed and death sofa. Admire paintings by him and other artists, including Shifter's “Moon Landscape” and "Landscape Study with Group of Houses and Stream." Receive a detailed overview of Stifter’s life and his literary and pictorial work and familiarize yourself with selected examples of other Upper Austrian writers. Explore 5 individual rooms in the museum, each commemorating a different time period and theme in literature. The kitchen, dedicated to the Middle Ages, with a theme of “love”, the dining room addressing 18th century, “fighting”, the bedroom - 19th century, “walking”, salon - 20th century “remembering”, and finally, the study room presenting the works of Stifter with a theme of “writing.” Get the best experience on this exclusive tour with a guide who is an expert in Austrian literature.

Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

7. Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Linz and go on a mountain excursion to the magical Pöstlingberg Hill. Meet your local guide and take the iconic Pöstlingbergbahn railway. Admire the wonderful woodlands as you reach the observation deck to get amazing views over Linz city. Also, visit Pöstlingbergkirche, the beautiful late Baroque style church that has been attracting pilgrims to Pöstlingberg since the middle 18th century. Choose the 5-hours option to sightsee the Linz Old Town after your short trip to Pöstlingberg. You will explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings in the heart of the city. Stroll through the iconic main square and see the Holy Trinity Column, Old Town Hall, the Old Cathedral, the Castle Park, and the monolithic New Cathedral. Join the 6-hours tour to enhance your Pöstlingberg experience with a ride on the Grottenbahn, an underground dragon express through the world of dwarves, animals, and fairy tales. This magical adventure is perfect for families and children. Enjoy a colorful journey through one of the seven fortresses towers built in the 19th-century and see the miniature world of magical creatures and fairy-tale characters.

Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

8. Linz: Private Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join a family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in a fun way. See the city's historical sites on a tour adapted to your kids as you discover the legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. Choose between a two-hour and a four-hour walking tour. Meet your guide outside arte Hotel Linz, then follow them to the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. Explore the permanent exhibition on the historic railway with your guide. Let your kids play on the old-school railway carriage as you enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station. After having fun at the railway museum, pass the Ars Electronica Center Museum of the Future and cross the Nibelungenbrücke bridge over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. See the most important buildings and monuments on the Hauptplatz, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain. Enjoy the riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories your guide tells to introduce the city’s history and culture to your children. Then, leave the main square and stroll down the Hofgasse, a charismatic narrow alley, passing Kepler's House and the Losensteiner Freihaus. Finally, stop at Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the four-hour option to visit the Castle Museum with your guide and discover permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. Marvel at the art and cultural pieces, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats typical of the Upper Austrian province, the weapons collection, and a vintage car.

Linz: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

9. Linz: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

Explore Linz through an unusual, but fun adventure. Take part in an interactive smartphone game with your partner that will help you get to know each other a bit better. Unlock clues to your next destination by taking on tasks and answering tricky and funny questions about each other. Begin your game in the city center and allow the app to guide you from there. You will receive funny instructions about how to move through the area and you can design your own route. Challenge yourself and your partner by acting as a team to solve even the trickiest questions and situations. Enjoy a special outdoor date and create long-lasting memories as a couple. Step away from mainstream areas and traditional tours to focus on creating your own adventure. Take advantage of the bonus tasks and riddles to keep playing even after the game is over. We recommend: Play this outdoor adventure only in a team of two persons.

Linz: Best of Walking Tour

10. Linz: Best of Walking Tour

See the Old Town and sights like New Catherdral, all in the company of your local guide. Founded by the Romans in the 8th century, Linz offers a long collection of sights, churches, museums, art, nature, and unique attractions. Meet your guide and get ready to get under Linz's skin. They'll show you the most charming places in the city while telling you fascinating tales from its storied past. See Linz Castle, with its outstanding collection of art, and the Mozarthaus, dedicated to the great composer. Be stunned by streets full of history, and taken in by the city's unique and beautiful atmosphere. Discover the stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners as your guide takes you to essential sights, as well as hidden gems off the beaten track.

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What people are saying about Linz

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Thank you, Robert! You professionally took good care of us all and liked all the details. Overall, the minibus was clean and comfort. Everyone was provided with an ipad and my teenage children saw the movie provided on the ipad. It made them more interesting to engage the tour. I am a great fan of the Sound of Music. But watching it again refreshed the scenes and the beauty behind each scene. Highly recommend to watch the movie before you arrive schalzbutfrg.

This is an AMAZING tour, they are serious about no more than 8 people, the day that we went there were 2 groups one of 4 and one of 5, many other companies would have just run the 1 tour. The transport was super comfortable and water was cold and plentiful. Rui our guide was super knowledgeable and personable and let our curiosity and interests lead the conversation whilst still giving us all the great historical facts.

It was wonderful! Tour guide was very courteous l, informative and helpful. Great way to see places in unfamiliar areas!

hier geht es nur um den kriminalfall, nicht um die stadt an sich. wir fanden die umsetzung so sehr gelungen und neu.

Josef did an excellent job and told us many fascinating things about Salzburg.