Linz Old and New Guided Walking Tour
- Ars Electronica Center: Admire the ultramodern facade of the high-tech "Museum of the Future," which becomes a colorful light show when the sun goes down.
- Lentos Museum of Modern Art: Like the Ars Electronica across the Danube, the rectangular glass and steel Lentos Museum is dramatically illuminated at night.
- The Neuer Dom: The giant, Gothic New Cathedral features pinnacles, flying buttresses, and a tower purposely kept to 439 feet, so it wouldn't outshine Vienna's St. Stephan.
- Hauptplatz: Lined by ornate Baroque pastel-colored houses from the Renaissance era, Old Town's main square features a 60-foot marble trinity column carved in 1723.
About This Linz Tour
Welcome to Linz, a city as much about vision as it is about sights. This UNESCO City of Media Arts has its eyes on a high-tech future, even as it celebrates its 2,000-year history.
The future comes to life at the renowned Ars Electronica Center, home of the world's largest archive of cyber arts. Billed as a place for inquiry, discovery, experimentation and exploration, the center's labs let you interact with robots, animate digital objects, and virtually travel to outer space.
Perhaps it's that last part that best explains the center's unique architecture, which sort of looks like a futuristic space ship. In the evening, as it gets dark, the center's LED glass skin comes to life with continuously changing kaleidoscope-like patterns and colors, creating a tableau that befits science fiction.
The annual Ars Electronica festival draws more than 35,000 people, helping to make Linz one of Europe's hottest cultural capitals. But they still bake the famous Linzer torte here, as they have for four centuries. The city with a vision for the future keeps its past in plain view. You will only see the outside of this impressive building on this tour but we highly recommend checking out the inside as well (on your own time.)
The old market square in the city of Linz is dominated by a 60-foot, white marble statue of the Trinity in a style typical of the Baroque period. It was erected in 1723 to show the gratitude of those who had survived a trio of disasters: a Turkish invasion in1704, a fire in 1712, and an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1713.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
Bring small coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the various desert offered in this Austrian region, especially the "Linzer Torte."
Plan on walking for 2 hours through the streets at a leisurely pace. Expect to stand for periods of time. The tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for persons with limited mobility. Operator can modify route with advance notice.
Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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