How to Spend a Day in Linz Austria

Last summer on our Danube River cruise one of the port stops was in Linz, Austria. Linz is located along the Danube, in the rolling hills of Upper Austria.

My husband and I started our day in Linz with a stroll along the Danube, as our river boat was docked about a 10 minute walk to the city center. It’s one of the best things about river cruising – you’re always close to the cities and villages!. We spent some time exploring their old city center and Linz’s central square Hauptplatz.  

On the opposite side of the Danube from Old Town Linz you can’t miss Postlingberg Hill. To earn all the extra desserts we’d been eating (more like devouring!) we decided to hike up to the church at the top (you can also take a tram up from the city center). After a walk through a local neighborhood, cemetery, flower fields, and a steep gravel trail – the reward was sweeping views of the Austrian countryside. We also learned this is a pilgrimage walk to the Catholic Parish atop the hill.

During this trip I was trying to eat as much local food as possible! While in Linz – I discovered they are known for their famous Linzer Torte. An Austrian classic; it’s a shortbread type dessert that’s considered to be the oldest cake in the world (with the first as a written recipe). After the sweaty hike – it was the perfect treat! I barely got the photo snapped before the plate was empty. 😉

Linz is charming spot on the Danube – don’t miss these things to do (and taste!) on your visit.

Until the next adventure – bon voyage!


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