At first glance, a former industrial city, at second glance, an exciting metropolis of culture; curiosity and anticipation before your visit, and a surprising passion for the city after your trip: all of this, and more, awaits you in Linz on the Danube.
If it is your first time in the city, let yourself be carried away by the open atmosphere of the city centre, by the buildings from a huge variety of eras, by the diverse cultural offerings and by the Danube, which is a part of Linz now more than ever. What sets this city apart from others is its character and its constant evolution. A particular turning point was the year 2009, when Linz became the European Capital of Culture. The list of new openings around that time is impressive: the south wing of the Schlossmuseum, voestalpine Stahlwelt, the Ars Electronica Center, the renovated Pöstlingbergbahn line, and also the Höhenrausch. Another legacy of Linz09 is the Musiktheater, which was opened in 2013 and is one of the most modern opera houses in Europe. The ideas, projects and initiatives from the Capital of Culture year still excite visitors and residents alike.
With the one-day Linz Card, all doors are open during your visit to the city by the Danube: free admission to the museums and exhibitions, free travel on public transport, and the Danube Culture Voucher to the value of €10.00, which can be redeemed for a harbour tour by Donauschifffahrt Wurm + Noé, a theatre ticket to any stage of the Landestheater, or a concert or event ticket at the Brucknerhaus, Posthof or TipsArena.
Programme diversity in Linz's Museums
Ars Electronica Center
Try things out, join in and think: that is the motto of the Ars Electronica Centre! In Spring 2019, the Ars Electronic Centre underwent a major thematic redesign. Under the motto “Compass – Navigating the Future”, the Ars Electronica Centre is now a compass and guide through the man-made systems of the 21st century. The themes of the newly designed exhibitions range from artificial intelligence and neurobionics, autonomous systems and robotics, genetic and biotechnology, to the far-reaching global changes of our time.
The Landesgalerie Linz is the museum for the modern and contemporary art of Upper Austria. It provides information on the latest artistic trends and integrates them into 20th century art history. The programme of the Landesgalerie Linz is defined by the interrelationships between regional, national and international art production.
Tip: LA BOHÈME. Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre 17 October 2019–19 January 2020
Through the medium of posters, advertising developed into an art form at the end of the 19th century in Paris. The new art genre excited critics as much as collectors, so that by 1900 the whole of Paris fell into a real poster mania, known as affichomanie.
LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
LENTOS is one of the most important museums of modern and contemporary art in Austria. Its collections give insights into the history of art since the late 19th century and exhibit important paintings by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka as well as from more modern movements and by significant artists for Linz, such as VALIE EXPORT.
Tip: Wolfgang Gurlitt. Fairytale Prince, 4 October 2018–19 January 2020
The life and work of art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt is closely connected with the beginnings of the LENTOS Kunstmuseum: with the Gurlitt collection, the museum manages a legacy that is as glamorous as it is problematic.
NORDICO Stadtmuseum Linz
NORDICO stands for Linz’s identity in the context of the city’s history. It is a lively place where stories are told and innovative museum work is performed. In addition to the presentation of the collection, changing special exhibitions are dedicated to topics and people in Linz’s past and present.
Tip: Street Art, 15 May–4 October 2020
Exhibitions – events – musical events – festivals – cinema – children’s programme – international gastronomy – the OÖ Kulturquartier at the heart of Linz is a space and creative centre for art and culture – from regional specialities to international art highlights! The multifunctional OK-Platz provides space for play, communication, movement and a relaxed stay – 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Tip: HÖHENRAUSCH – Just Like Paradise, 29 May–18 October 2020
The unique exhibition project lures visitors back to the rooftops of Linz city centre with a new theme – a great view of Linz is guaranteed!
With an exhibition space of over 10,000 m², the Schlossmuseum Linz provides a comprehensive overview of the natural, cultural and artistic history of Upper Austria from its origins to the 21st century. Wide-ranging permanent exhibitions can be seen in both the historical castle and the new south wing. They range from topics of natural to contemporary history and feature a wide, diverse range of special fields.
Tip: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman. American Art from the Albertina. 19 November 2019–29 March 2020
Pictures of the entertainment industry determine our image of America: from films and TV to advertising and newspapers, from Hollywood icons to the cover of Time Magazine. No other country has relied so much on the power and effect of pictures and symbols as the USA.
voestalpine Stahlwelt, the world of knowledge and experience of one of the most important and modern materials of our time, offers a breathtaking insight into the voestalpine group. Steel production and processing with high-tech facilities, the ‘city within the city’ has countless working environments and impressive views of the more than 5 square kilometres of factory premises in Linz. A particular highlight is a works tour of the largest industrial site in Austria. A visit to Blast Furnace A is globally unique to Linz. In the holidays, a special programme for families with children is on offer.