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Chapters in this travelogue:  Danube River - Linz ] Linz Altstadt ] Poestlingberg ]

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Linz -- Where Upper Austria Embraces the Danube

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When one is asked to name cities in Austria, chances are three will pop out -- Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.  Each of those are significant Linzer Schloss overlooking the Danubetourist destinations due to their prominence and their scenery.  That's both good and bad -- good for their tourist industries, bad for those who prefer smaller locations with less crowds, more elbow room, and more locals.

It was for that reason that I decided to explore Linz, a city that is very popular with the locals but definitely not high on the international tourism scene.  It resides in Upper Austria, where the famed Blue Danube River changes from a moderate river into a valley-cutter, becoming sufficient large to support double-length barges.  Linz is a major harbor city and provincial capital that resides on a major bend.  But its downtown sparkles of that Austro-Hungarian flair that madeHauptmarkt with the Holy Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitsaeule) Vienna and Salzburg such wonderful destinations.

Those who may have tracked this website over time will notice that in February 2006, this page was restructured to a three-chapter travelogue from its original one-page travelogue format.  This was because I originally treated the Poestlingberg Castle as a separate destination, which was not doing justice to the city, a marvelous place to go in its own right.

The graphic at the bottom of the page shows the available chapters.  "Along the Danube River - Linz" (in red on the graphic) covers the riverfront on the north bank and the south bank east of the old city, including the beautifully green promenade.  It also covers the city's spring festival that I had the pleasure of   The Linz Altstadt (blue) covers the old city, especially the Linzer Schloss and its riverwalk and the various churches and shopping districts.  The third chapter covers Poestlingberg Castle including the long walk up the hill from the north bank.

Enjoy!  And hum along with the famous "Blue Danube" waltz as you venture around.

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If the above map doesn't appear or work properly, click here for the chapters:  Danube River - Linz ] Linz Altstadt ] Poestlingberg ]

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Trip taken 28-29 September 2002 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2002 Tom Galvin

   
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