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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

Vienna

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

134 sailing dates March 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Vienna

Melodies of the Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

146 sailing dates March 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vilshofen

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Passau

Legendary Danube - Nuremberg to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £2,000!

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Bratislava

Christmas Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2020
6 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Melk

Prague with Danube Explorer from Prague

2 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Classical Danube

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Passau , to Hungary , Budapest
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Linz

From The Black Sea to The Blue Danube

14 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
11 Nights From Tulcea, to Linz
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Bratislava

Vienna to Budapest

1 sailing date September 2020
6 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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Belgrade

Danube Serenade - Deggendorf to Bucharest

2 sailing dates July 2020
13 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Budapest

Nuremberg to Bucharest

1 sailing date May 2020
15 Nights From Munich, to Romania , Bucharest

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Budapest

Magna On The Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

17 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300! The largest staterooms on the river, enjoy more leisure and dining options on this brand-new ship!

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Bratislava

Magna On The Danube - Budapest to Vilshofen

13 sailing dates March 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vilshofen

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300! The largest staterooms on the river, enjoy more leisure and dining options on this brand-new ship!

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Regensburg

Vienna Vibe - Nuremberg to Vienna

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Austria , Vienna
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Vienna

Vienna Vibe - Vienna to Nuremberg

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Germany , Nuremberg
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Melk

The Danube - From the Black Sea to Germany

7 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Deggendorf
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Vienna

Danube Dreams (Eastbound)

16 sailing dates April 2020 to November 2020
7 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Hungary , Budapest

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Passau

Danube Dreams - Budapest to Deggendorf

24 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Deggendorf

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Wachau

Danube Symphony - Passau to Budapest

7 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
5 Nights From Deggendorf, Germany to Hungary , Budapest

Includes HUGE savings of up to £2,500 per couple plus FREE private home pick-up service!

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Melk

Regensburg to Vienna

1 sailing date December 2021
9 Nights From Regensburg, to Austria , Vienna
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Vienna

Budapest To Regensburg

1 sailing date December 2021
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Regensburg
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