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Linz is a beautiful and undervalued city located in northern Austria on the Danube River. Being the third largest city in Austria, Linz has great influence on the economy of the country, and is also an excellent tourist destination with many interesting sights and entertainment.
There is a more interesting name for this airport — “Blue Danube”. This is one of the smallest airports that have only local significance. It clearly performs its function of serving passengers who arrive or depart in flight. No more, no less. From this airport it is pointless to expect special comfort or additional services. Even the power outlet will be very difficult to find here. But there is a plus: no need to stand up for special queues after arrival. Quickly pass all the controls and move to the city.
In addition, it is worth knowing that the airport closes at night. Therefore, to come here in advance simply does not make sense.
Unlike most airports, the Blue Danube has a very limited choice of transport for traveling to the city center. Literally, up to one option is a bus.
Route 601 takes you straight to Linz, located a few kilometers from the airport. The cost of the trip is 3 euros. The trip will take no more than 20 minutes. There is only one significant minus: the buses depart once an hour (although it would be logical in such a small and deserted airport to attach the bus schedule to the flight schedule). If you really don't want to wait, take a taxi. But you will have to pay about 30 euros.
Linz can offer a tourist no less than other more promoted Austrian cities like Vienna and Salzburg. Here you will find a combination of historic buildings, stunning architecture, vast green spaces and modern innovations of a large city.
Since 2014, Linz has been part of the UNESCO Creative Cities program, and this immediately becomes clear from the huge number of museums that you are open to visit here.
For many centuries, this gigantic castle on the banks of the Danube has been the main building in the city. Judging by historical data, the castle has been standing on this site since the 9th century (the remains of the original fortress are still preserved). The current type of construction has been preserved since the 16th century and was restored after a fire in 1800s.
Currently, it houses a museum with important cultural and historical exhibits. Here you can find artifacts of the prehistoric, Roman and medieval periods, including paintings, sculptures, weapons and armor.
Just below Linz Castle stands the strange little church of St. Martin (Martinskirche). This is the oldest church in Austria, which has been preserved in its original form. It was built in the 8th century on the remains of the Roman walls, which can still be seen on the outside of the building. The church style is from the early Carolingian architecture.
The interior of the church is rich in 15th-century murals, and Roman inscriptions can be found on the stones inside. Recent excavations have also uncovered the royal hall of the former imperial palace.
The 1200-meter-long Landstrasse extends from the promenade towards the main train station and is the best place to explore the historical center of Linz. On the eastern side is the Ursulinenkirche church, built in 1772, and the Carmelite church (Karmelitenkirche), built between 1674 and 1726.
Another part of the old city that needs to be explored is Hauptplatz — the market square. This large public space, surrounded by beautiful Baroque buildings, forms the center of the old city. On its eastern side is the Town Hall of the 17th century, and opposite it, in the center of the square, is the Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitssäule) 20 meters high, erected in 1723 in gratitude for preserving the city from the plague.
Linzer Torte is considered the oldest known local delicacy named after the city. It is known in different variations, and got its name back in 1653. Whoever invented or named the cake will forever remain a mystery. The residents of Linz learned the oldest recipe that has survived from the cookbook, which is more than 350 years old: “The book of all kinds of homemade food, such as sweet dishes, spices, cakes, as well as all kinds of fruits and other good and healthy things, etc."
In addition to the cake you need to enjoy schnitzels and Austrian sausages in Linz. They are made here exactly as everywhere in Austria. Moreover, it does not matter exactly where you will order these famous dishes: in an expensive restaurant or a small shop, the taste will always be truly “Austrian”.