Linz is one of Austria’s largest port cities and is a stop featured on many river cruises. Some travelers use Linz as a jump-off point to reach other popular nearby destinations (such as Salzburg), but spending some time in the port city itself is certain to be a delight. Linz is filled with gorgeous architectural structures, innovative museums, historic landmarks, cultural centers and more. Plus, the city is very navigable, as you can easily explore on foot or bike! When you find yourself hungry, you can grab some local Austrian food (including Linz’s famous dessert, Linztorte), in one of the city’s many cafes.
Two cruise lines currently offer cruises that leave from Linz. Avalon Waterways and CroisiEurope are two fabulous cruise lines that will bring you through the Eastern or Western Europe. Avalon features a great selection of Eastern Europe cruises on their Suite Ships, Avalon Envision, Avalon Illumination, Avalon Impression, and their newest ship, Avalon View. French-based cruise line CrosiEurope features a few incredible itineraries onboard their sleek river ships MS L’Europe, MS Modigliani, and MS Vivaldi. A great time to visit Linz is between May and September, when you can enjoy the most pleasant weather!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Linz, along with a brief description:
♦ Ars Electronica Center
Also called the “Museum of the Future,” the Ars Electronica Center is where you can go to witness some of the world’s most modern and innovative technology. Among some of the exhibits featured in this museum include technologically advanced robotics, 3D printing, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, simulations, projection walls, and rotating exhibits on a number of interdisciplinary topics. Most of the exhibits are interactive and will appeal to both children and adults! There is also a restaurant on-site, so you don’t need to rush through the exhibits if you feel your stomach start to growl.
♦ Schlossmuseum Linz
Another museum of interest is Schlossmuseum Linz. While not as technologically advanced as the Ars Electronica Center, this museum takes on the role of a traditional gallery. You can view all sorts of historical artifacts, art displays, and exhibits featuring arms, music, the war, and more. Plus, there will be temporary exhibits set up, which you can research once you’ve picked your vacation dates. With so many incredible things to do, you can expect to spend at least 2 to 4 hours at Schlossmuseum. Guided audio tours are available, which are especially helpful, as most of the exhibit descriptions are written in German.
♦ The New Cathedral
If you are looking to visit the largest church in Austria, then plan to pay a visit to Linz’s New Cathedral. This Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral was constructed during the mid-1800s and finished in 1924. With a capacity for 20,000, the New Cathedral is the largest church in the country. Those interested in history will especially appreciate the stained-glass artwork in this church, which depicts local history and the construction of the church. Even if you are not religious, this church is undoubtedly worth a visit just to enjoy its design and architecture.
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