Fly To Linz, Austria
If you fancy being able to smoke in bars and restaurants and are more at ease browsing design, art and fashion districts than mainstream malls, then you’ll love Linz.
A lively Austrian city, always on the move, in Linz you can take in incredible public art galleries, a fascinating culture scene and the museums of tomorrow. The city enjoys an interesting historical background complete with a castle and old town. Linz is a city that is both beautiful and fascinating in a refreshingly unconventional way!
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Linz do need a Visa to enter Austria. Make sure you leave enough time for Visa applications and ensure that your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after your date of return. You will also need 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Austria is in Vienna at Sandgasse 33, 1190 Vienna. Phone: +43-1-320-6493.
See and do
In Linz you simply need to stroll through the heart of the city to sense its history. The lanes of the well-preserved old town lie at the foot of the castle and clearly communicate the feeling of ages past. If you’re into architecture you’ll enjoy the chapter houses and hidden inner courtyards behind arched gates. And the main square, with its animated hustle and bustle, is never far away.
The city is known for a variety of events held throughout the year either in the open air, in the theatre, on concert stages and in bars and restaurants. If you’re there in early April try to catch Crossing Europe – a film festival featuring up and coming European filmmakers. And if you’re in Linz in July, you’ll be lucky enough to see the international “Pflasterspektakel” – a show that brings more than 500 clowns, mimes and acrobats to the streets of the city. In September the musical “Cloud of Sounds” plays in the Daupark as does the Bruckner Festival and the Ars Electronica Festival.
If you enjoy markets, you’ll be in your element in this city. The markets offer an opportunity to browse, sample and buy. There are weekly markets as well as twice yearly fairs.
If you like exploring a city’s monuments, they are in abundance in Linz. The Trinity Column is situated in the middle of the Main Square and dates back to 1723. The column is carved in white marble and bears three inscriptions that announce the dedication of it to the Holy Trinity, the people of Linz and the Emperor.
Linz Castle was first documented in 799 and was later entirely rebuilt. The four-story block has two inner courtyards as well as the main gate to the city which dates to 1604. Today the castle displays exhibitions of art from the Middle Ages right up to present day as well as coins, musical instruments, historical weapons, folklore and more.
When it comes to things to do, an old town walking tour is highly recommended as is a ride on the Grotto Railway – also known as the “dragon express”, it’s a mini train shaped like a mythological beast. The train takes you through a landscape of whimsical scenes depicting Linz’s history.
Linz's Botanical Gardens are said to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. There are more than 8 000 types of plants to be seen as well as five greenhouses and a fabulous collection of cacti. There are shows throughout the year and special attractions.
The public transport system in Linz is very good and fairly reasonable too. You can even purchase a 4-stop ticket for one Euro. The Linz Card is a city ticket that can be purchased for 1 day or 3 days of independent tour through the city.
Blue Danube Airport Linz – LNZ
Food and beverage: There are no 24 hour food concessions at the airport however there is one restaurant landside and a restaurant and café airside.
Currency Exchange: The ATM’s and cash machines are in the hallway between Arrivals and Departures.
Lost Luggage: The Lost & Found desk is located in Arrivals at Linz Airport.
Airport Hotel: None on site. Nearby: Gasthof Linimayr.
Car Hire: Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar, Sixt, Avis.
Airport Hub: Linz Airport (code LNZ) is a hub for Tyrolean Airways.