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Linz River Cruises

About Linz

Austria’s  third largest city is situated in the north of the country on the Danube River, and cruises along that historic waterway often include Linz as a half-day experience, with nearby Passau in Germany often explored in the other half of the day. Linz has a long and fascinating history, having been founded by the Romans under the name Lentia, though the first references to the name Linz date back to AD 799. The city was heavily industrialised during the Second World War, but in modern times, its industrial legacy is beginning to fade, with tourism coming more to the forefront of trade and commerce. The city is made up of several splendid districts, home to an extensive old town with beautiful buildings, numerous museums and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The Danube River and the surrounding hills give Linz a pleasant ambience which is always popular with visiting river cruisers.

Exploring Linz

Linz has its own castle, which was first built sometime before 799, after which it was rebuilt in the 15th century. Better known as the Schlossmuseum, it’s huge structure overlooking the city and certainly doesn’t resemble the medieval castles of old. Inside you’ll find a wealth of rooms with art and antiques dating back to the Middle Ages as well as a restaurant, which is a great place to sit and take in the views. The city is home to numerous other museums, including some which you’d perhaps expect such as the Landesgalerie which is home to a wealth of artworks to a number of more unusual ones, such as the Museum of the History of Dentistry in Upper Austria. Lovers of Modern Art meanwhile, should certainly head to the Lentos Kunstmuseum. As you might expect, the striking blue-lit building is like a piece of modern art in itself. Speaking of buildings with lights, you won’t fail to miss the Ars Electronica. With its illuminated green façade, it’s the perfect choice if you’re in search of an alternative from the archaic and a tribute to all things modern and of course, electronic.

The city’s two cathedrals are also natural landmarks to visit. The gothic Mariendom boasts some incredible ceiling architecture and works of stained glass, while the Alter Dom dates back to the 17th century and is the city’s largest baroque church, famed for its famous pink marble columns. Linz also has a number of nature-based attractions, such as its Botanical Gardens and its Zoo. One of the more thought-provoking activities you can undertake during your visit is a trip to the nearby Mauthausen-Grusen concentration camp, which now houses a museum and memorials telling the story of the war and those that died during their imprisonment at the camp.

Linz tips

Having been awarded the European Capital of Culture award in 2009, Linz hosts numerous concerts and during the summer you can expect regular concerts and performances, including many taking place in the public places such as the town squares, meaning you may have the chance to take in a performance or two as you explore the city, with no need to buy a ticket.

Linz Itineraries

Prague

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2499pp
Bratislava

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

16 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2269pp
Passau

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

139 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2029pp
Regensburg

Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2659pp
Belgrade

Vilshofen to Giurgiu

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Vilshofen , to Giurgiu
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Bratislava

Giurgiu to Vilshofen

12 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
14 Nights From Giurgiu, to Vilshofen
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Bratislava

Vilshofen to Budapest

9 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
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Regensburg

From the Danube Delta to Prague

4 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £5399pp
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2929pp
Passau

Danube Waltz

1 sailing date November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau
Viking Cruises logo FROM £1295pp
Vienna

Gems of the Danube with Bavarian Highlights

1 sailing date May 2020
12 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5279pp
Melk

Danube Christmas Markets

2 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2049pp
Prague

Danube Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date November 2020
10 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
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Linz

Danube Christmas Markets with Prague

2 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2020
10 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2539pp
Bratislava

Christmas Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Passau, to Passau
Amadeus River Cruises logo FROM £1149pp
Bratislava

Vienna and the Blue Danube Budapest to Vienna

3 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vienna
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Belgrade

Tulcea to Linz

8 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Tulcea, to Linz
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Melk

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

6 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
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Linz

Gems of the Danube with Prague

2 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2559pp
Budapest

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date July 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp

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