TNC17 - Local Host Hints
Linz is remarkable for possessing a sizable "Altstadt" (old town), for featuring a rich cultural life with numerous museums and festivals, for being situated in an attractive landscape characterised by the Danube and delightful hills, while it is at the same time an economically vibrant and busy industrial city with huge steel and chemical works.
Please note that several of the webpages linked below are available in German language only.
More information about tourist attractions in Linz can be found at www.linztourismus.at.
Tourist Information Offices
Main Square: Monday till Saturday 9:00 - 19:00 | Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Main Station: Monday till Saturday 7:00 - 19:00 | Sunday 7:00 - 19:45
Linz is one of the UNESCO Cities of Media Arts. Therefore, TNC17's local host ACOnet has organised a range of social and cultural Local Host Events to share the artistic "Spirit of Linz" with TNC17 participants.
Hints for the weekend
paul's Soulfood Festival @ Domplatz (25-28 May, 2017)
About 30 Food trucks & stalls | Craft Beer Area | Wine Area | Live Music from 14:00
Recommendation: Mojo Blues Band (27 May, 19:15)
Mural Harbour Tour @ Linz harbour (every Saturday)
Aboard the tugboat MS Eduard is the one best way to cruise through Mural Harbor. Experience the oversized paintings of international spray-paint artists and graffiti artists from eight different countries on the facades of old industrial buildings and house walls! The guide talks about the art, the different ways of production and the history of muralism and graffiti. Towards the end of the tour the group will spray-paint a harbor wall under professional instructions.
27 May, 14:30 - please register here: bee(at)muralharbor.at
International Storytelling Festival (26-30 May, 2017)
This festival has become one of the world's most important, Europe's largest and Austria's only "festival of the narrative arts". In addition to classical narrators from all over the world, the audience will also encounter unusual forms of storytelling such as pantomime, dance, puppet theatre or clownery.
Recommendation: Storytelling: Without Words (27 May, 19:30, Brucknerhaus)
tanzhafenFESTIVAL (15-31 May, 2017)
The tanzhafenFESTIVAL is a diverse, innovative festival for dance arts relating also to media and performance art. It showcases contemporary european artists and dance makers.
Recommendation: Inge Gappmaier | particles (28 May, 14:00, Landesgalerie Linz)
Visit the landmark mountain of Linz, the Pöstlingberg, on the historic "Pöstlingbergbahn" mountain tram (starting from the main square every 15 minutes on the weekend, special ticket required)! From the end of the line, it is only a few paces to the Pilgrimage Basilica, the Grotto Railway and the panorama viewing platform. Half way up the mountain you'll find the Linz Zoological Garden, which houses hundreds of animals and a children's zoo. Details
With the Segway PT® you'll glide effortlessly through Linz and its surroundings. Choose between a "LinzTour" to many highlights of the city, a "BergTour" up to Pöstlingberg with fascinating views over Linz, a "NaTour" to experience the fields and meadows to the west of the city, and a "DonauTour" alongside the river Danube. Details
On board of the design ship MS Linzerin you dive deep into the triad of Linz's culture, industry and nature. The 100 minutes lasting Harbour cruise (€ 14,80) starts at the LENTOS three times every day except Monday: at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00. Details
Tip: Free WiFi (SSID "Hotspot Linz") is available at more than 100 locations and in all streetcars throughout the city. For a map of all hotspots please see http://hotspot.linz.at/.
The LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz is considered one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Austria. Starting from the collection holdings, which focus on masterpieces of European painting from the first half of the 20th century and a rich collection of graphic art and high quality photography, LENTOS draws an arch from the classical historical art of the early 20th century to the most current art positions of today. Current special exhibitions:
Psycho Drawing - This extensive exhibition shows drawings from between the poles of art and madness from the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to works by Art brut artists from the asylum Gugging, works by Arnulf Rainer, Peter Pongratz, Adolf Frohner, Hermann Nitsch, Franz Ringel and Alfred Hrdlicka are also presented.
Arnulf Rainer is considered one of the most influential, but also one of the most innovative and provocative artists in Austria. The new works, created primarily in Tenerife and exhibited now for the first time, are intensely colorful and joyful.
The LENTOS kindly offers a reduced entrance fee for TNC17 participants (€ 6 instead of € 8, conference badge required).
The Landesgalerie Linz is the museum for modern and contemporary art of the State of Upper Austria. The programme is designed to link regional, national and international art production. The Landesgalerie Linz is also focused on the field of photography and on providing education about 20th century art history relating to Upper Austria. In spring/summer 2017, the Landesgalerie Linz showcases two special exhibitions on Alfred Kubin, an Austrian printmaker, illustrator, and occasional writer who is considered an important representative of Symbolism and Expressionism:
Alfred Kubin – Milestones of his creations
"An other side" – Humour and irony in the work of Alfred Kubin
On over 10,000 sqm of exhibition area, the Schlossmuseum Linz provides comprehensive insight into the natural, cultural and art history of Upper Austria from the beginning of life into the 21st century. There is a wide spectrum of impressive permanent exhibitions in the historic castle and in the new southern wing (e.g. Upper Austrian Technology, Historic Weapons, Musical Instruments, and many more), which are flanked by diverse special exhibitions.
In Linz, voestalpine's huge steel plant covers 5.2 square kilometers. Around the world, voestalpine produces, processes and develops steel to make high-quality products and innovative solutions. Visit voestalpine's Stahlwelt world of discovery, where you can learn more about steel and the countless ways it can be used! The exhibition can be complemented with an exciting plant tour: Multimedia buses will take you deep inside the plant grounds, directly to the production facilities, where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the steel-making process.
Restaurants, open on Mondays
Linz offers a wide variety of culinary delights - from traditional and extraordinary restaurants to rustic wine taverns, classic cafes and modern bars. However, they are usually closed on Mondays. If you are looking for a restaurant on Monday evening, you might try one of these:
- Alte Welt | Hauptplatz 4
- Herberstein | Altstadt 10
- Keintzel | Rathausgasse 6-8
- paul's | Herrenstrasse 36
- Stadtliebe | Landstrasse 31
- Stieglitz | Landstrasse 30
Stadtliebe is located at the OÖ Kulturquartier, a lively and inspiring hub that links the country's cultural centre, Ursulinenhof, and the OK ("Offenes Kulturhaus"). The OÖ Kulturquartier hosts temporary exhibitions, the independent cinema Moviemento, the bar/restaurant Gelbes Krokodil, which offers a range of delicious vegetarian dishes, the cafe/bar Solaris (both: OK Platz 1, open daily), and more.
Another hotspot with numerous cafes and pubs is the "Altstadt" (old town) to the west of the main square. Don't miss Cafe Jindrak and its famous "Linzer Torte" (Herrenstrasse 22-24 and several branches throughout the town)! Recommended cafes/bars are also Cafe Meier (Pfarrplatz 7, perfect to have breakfast), Cafe Traxlmayr (Promenade 16, "Viennese Cafe"), Stern (Graben 30) and of course Cafe Strom at Stadtwerkstatt (Kirchengasse 4).
Public transport information
As Linz is a rather small city, most locations are within walking distance. However, there is also a dense public transport network (see Public Transport Map). Self service ticket machines for purchasing single tickets are posted along all lines. Advance sale tickets are available at the LINZ AG Customer Center on the main square (Hauptplatz 34) and at tobacconist's shops. They have to be validated at the ticket machines prior to start of the travel.
Mini € 1,10 (short-distance ticket for up to 4 stops)
Midi € 2,20 (ticket for one long-distance trip)
Maxi € 4,40 (24-hours ticket, transferable)
Weekly tickets € 14,30 (valid for seven days upon validation)
Please note that these tickets are not valid for trips on the Pöstlingberg tram, which starts at the main square. A return ticket (uphill and downhill) for the Pöstlingberg tram costs € 6,20 and can also be purchased at Tourist Information Offices.
More information: LINZ AG Mobility & Traffic
If you are interested in visiting museums and other tourist attractions, you should consider to buy a LinzCard. The benefits are: free unlimited use of public transportation in Linz (excl. Pöstlingberg tram), free admission to museums and exhibitions, discounts on touristic offers, vouchers, and more. The 3-day LinzCard also includes a return ticket on the Pöstlingberg tram. LinzCards can be purchased at Tourist Information Offices, at hotels and museums.
1-day LinzCard € 18,00 (valid till 1 pm the following day)
3-day LinzCard € 30,00 (valid on three consecutive days)
Reduced prices for holders of a valid Westbus or train ticket (ÖBB, Westbahn) with destination Linz:
1-day € 15,00 | 3-day € 25,00