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Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

1. Linz Old Town Private Walking Tour and Cruise

Discover the rich history of Linz with a private guide. See the best Old Town highlights and embark on a relaxing cruise along the Danube River to discover Linz’s culture, industry, and nature. Meet your guide at the main square and stroll up the narrow Hofgasse street with lovely pastel buildings towards the Linz Castle. Pass through the castle’s inner courtyard to get to the Castle Park for a nice view of Linz and Pöstlingberg across the river. Walk to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building with a lovely courtyard. Enjoy its stylish architecture and interesting commentary from your guide. Further down you will reach Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-gothic New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom. See the Baroque highlight of Linz’s Old Town - the Old Cathedral, which marks the city’s skyline with its two towers topped with onion domes. At the iconic main square, Hauptplatz, you will see the Neptune Fountain, Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, and other historic buildings. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column. Finally, get on board the MS Linzerin ship to go on a 100 minutes long cruise along the Danube River. Choose between a guided and non-guided cruise. During the guided option, your guide will point out the most important buildings along the way, such as the futuristic glass buildings of the Ars Electronica Center, the Lentos Art Museum, and the famous copper concert hall “Brucknerhaus.” You will also discover the fantastic views of wide nature reserves and the harbor quarter. During the non-guided cruise option, the guide will take you to the ship's departure point. You will have the best time admiring the amazing views with your family or friends. You can grab a drink or choose a meal from a special menu onboard.

Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

2. Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

Discover the magical Drachenburg Castle, a 19th-century palace built on the Drachenfels mountain with breathtaking views of the Rhein valley. You'll be picked up at your accommodation in Cologne by a private car and enjoy a comfortable 40-minute journey to the charming Königswinter village. You'll first head up the mountain toward the medieval Burg Drachenfels, onboard the historical Drachenfelsbahn, which is the oldest cog railway in Germany. It'll feel like you're being pulled up the hill on a roller coaster, but without the scary drop at the end. At the top, you can explore the ruins and marvel at the incredible views of the valley below, and a perfect spot for a panoramic photo. On a sunny day, you may even spot Cologne Cathedral on the horizon. Once you finish, you'll make your way down the path towards Castle Drachenburg. Here, your guide will provide you with all the fascinating stories about the castle-like villa built in the late 1800s, with its short but turbulent history. Perfectly renovated to reflect its original splendor, it's well worth exploring. And don't forget to roam the beautiful gardens. The Drachenfelsbahn will take you back to the village. If you're keen to continue exploring, you can opt for the 6-hour option, which will include a 2-hour sightseeing tour with your guide around the beautiful village of Linz am Rhein, known as the “colorful city”. Here, you can stroll through the historic cobblestoned streets and admire 16th-century picturesque half-timbered houses. Your guide will also lead you to the Old Market Square, St Martin Church, Linz Castle and part of the medieval city fortification, Pulverturm. Once you've enjoyed all the attractions you will be taken back to your accommodation in Cologne.

Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Linz Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Take an informative and personal tour of the charming Old Town of Linz. Explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings with your guide as you learn about this fascinating place. Start your tour at the Baroque highlight of Linz’s city center - the Old Cathedral. See this monumental 17th-century church with its two onion dome towers. Step inside to admire its lavish interiors, with an elaborately detailed wooden pulpit and high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. Next, visit the iconic Main Square, or Hauptplatz. Stroll among the stylish white and pastel buildings and you'll see the Old Town Hall, the Feichtinger House with its carillon, the Kirchmayr House, and the Schmidberger House. Spot the white marble Holy Trinity Column right in the center of the bustling town square. Explore the relaxing Castle Park with its stunning views of the Danube River, and then head to the Landhaus, a magnificent 16th-century Renaissance building. End your walking tour on the site of Austria’s largest church, the monolithic neo-Gothic New Cathedral. Choose the 3-hour tour option if you'd like to step inside the New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom, where you can marvel at the gorgeous interior design. Admire the fantastic altar, crypts, hand carved wood details, and many exquisite stained glass windows that can be studied for hours. Take a walk through Bauernberg Park to see its monuments. Opt for the 4-hour tour option, and you'll also visit the Nordico Stadtmuseum, which is only a few steps away from the Old Cathedral. Discover varied temporary exhibitions on the history and culture of Linz, including old collections of photographs, antique pieces of furniture, art referencing the city, and other interesting exhibits. Embark on the full 6-hour tour to visit the Upper Austrian Provincial Museum located right inside Linz Castle. Gain a deeper understanding of how Linz, once primarily an industrial center, became a pioneer in culture, art, and technology. See the museum’s top attraction, the permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century.

Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

4. Linz: Castle Museum and Old Town Highlights Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the natural and cultural history of Linz. Walk the picturesque streets of the old town, take a tour of the Castle Museum, and choose from different tour length options to see other sights. 2-Hour Option: Meet your private guide at Hauptplatz square in the heart of Linz's gorgeous Old Town. Walk down the narrow Hofgasse street as you learn about the history of 8th century Linz Castle, now home to a museum. Inside, tour the permanent exhibitions on nature, technology, science, archeology, and music. Admire exhibits like folk art, cultural artifacts, religious art from the middle ages, and Austrian paintings. 3-Hour Option: The 3-hour tour adds to the above with a visit to the Old Cathedral. Encounter a 17th-century baroque church featuring towers of onion domes and lavish interiors. Marvel at the high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. 4-Hour Option: In addition to the Castle and Old Cathedral, the 4-hour option adds more of the Old Town, including the Old Town Hall, Holy Trinity Column, and Neptune Fountain. Selecting this option also allows you to marvel at the New Cathedral, the largest church in Austria with its monolithic neo-gothic architecture and vast stained glass windows.

Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

5. Linz: Pöstlingberg and Old Town Private Tour

Add a touch of adventure to your stay in Linz and go on a mountain excursion to the magical Pöstlingberg Hill. Meet your local guide and take the iconic Pöstlingbergbahn railway. Admire the wonderful woodlands as you reach the observation deck to get amazing views over Linz city. Also, visit Pöstlingbergkirche, the beautiful late Baroque style church that has been attracting pilgrims to Pöstlingberg since the middle 18th century. Choose the 5-hours option to sightsee the Linz Old Town after your short trip to Pöstlingberg. You will explore the most historically relevant and architecturally interesting buildings in the heart of the city. Stroll through the iconic main square and see the Holy Trinity Column, Old Town Hall, the Old Cathedral, the Castle Park, and the monolithic New Cathedral. Join the 6-hours tour to enhance your Pöstlingberg experience with a ride on the Grottenbahn, an underground dragon express through the world of dwarves, animals, and fairy tales. This magical adventure is perfect for families and children. Enjoy a colorful journey through one of the seven fortresses towers built in the 19th-century and see the miniature world of magical creatures and fairy-tale characters.

Linz: Churches & Old Town Private Guided Tour

6. Linz: Churches & Old Town Private Guided Tour

Explore the most beautiful churches of Linz. Take a walk through the charming streets of the Old Town to discover the city’s artistic architecture and hidden charms. Immerse yourself in beauty and art. Enjoy the poetic art with live commentary from a private guide. Meet your guide in Hauptplatz, the iconic main square. Among the stylish white and pastel buildings, you will see the Old Town Hall, as well as the Holy Trinity Column and Neptune Fountain. The Old Cathedral is only a few steps away. Inside this 17th-century Baroque church featuring two towers topped with onion domes, you will see lavish interiors, with elaborately detailed wooden pulpit and the high altar decorated with marble statues and a fabulous painting of Saint Aloysius. Follow your guide through the stylish streets to the Landhausplatz to see beautiful historic architecture such as the impressive government building Landhaus. Hidden in between is the Minoritenkrich church. You will be charmed by its lovely Rococo style with delicate pink stucco and altar paintings by Bartolomeo Altomonte. Next, pass by the Landhaus passage and head to the 2-towered Ursuline Church of St Michael. Step inside to see its outstanding ornate baroque interior with a high altar featuring the painting of Archangel Michael surrounded by archangels Gabriel and Raphael. Last but not least, you will visit the New Cathedral, also known as Mariendom. The monolithic neo-Gothic church is the largest in Austria with 20,000 seats. Inside, you will admire the gorgeous interior design with a majestic altar, crypts, hand-carved wood details, and exquisite stained-glass windows, some of which feature the history of Linz. In only 3-hours, you will understand why Linz is known as the capital of art and culture

Linz: Magical Christmas Tour

7. Linz: Magical Christmas Tour

See how the city of Linz celebrates Christmas on this tour of the best festive locations and Christmas markets in town. Discover a wide variety of Austrian traditions and customs, including a range of seasonal products such as the traditional Glühwein. Witness some of the city's most important sights and beautifully decorated locations as you follow your professional local guide around the streets of the Old Town. Listen to festive anecdotes and discover interesting facts about Christmas time in Linz. Experience the city from a unique perspective as you admire some of the Old Town's most iconic locations lit up by Christmas lights. At the markets, sample some of Austria's most renowned festive delicacies or sip on a glass of mulled wine as you soak up Linz's charming festive atmosphere.

Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

8. Linz: Family-Friendly Historical Walking Tour

Join this family-friendly tour to experience Linz's history and culture in the most fun and exciting way. Your friendly private guide will adapt the program and commentary to engage your children in sightseeing of the historic sites. Let the kids discover legends and fairy tales of Linz Old Town. During the 2-hours walking tour, you will visit the former base station of the popular Pöstlingbergbahn, that is, the Pöstlingbergbahn Museum. It’s a great playground for children of any age, and the parents will enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of this valley station as well. Pass by the “Museum of the Future” - Ars Electronica Center and cross the Nibelungenbrücke over the Danube River to explore the heart of Linz. On the Hauptplatz, see the most important buildings and monuments, such as the Old Town Hall, the spectacular Holy Trinity Column, and the beautiful Neptune Fountain, where children can play with clean water. Listen to riddles, fairy tales, and mystery stories from your guide to get an introduction to the city’s history and culture. Leave the main square and stroll down the charismatic narrow allay Hoffgase, passing by the house of Kepler and the Losensteiner Freihaus. The last stop of this fantastic tour will be the Linz Castle, where you will explore the castle’s inner courtyard and play in the Castle Park. Choose the 4-hours option to visit the Castle Museum with permanent exhibitions on the artistic and cultural history of Upper Austria from the Neolithic Age up to the 20th-century. See many pieces of art and history that even children will find interesting, such as the lovely traditional costumes and golden hats, a collection of arms and armors, and a vintage car.

Linz: Private Guided Cycling Tour

9. Linz: Private Guided Cycling Tour

Explore the most popular urban highlights and get a taste of nature on a cycling tour of Linz. Enjoy an exciting ride with a local who will show you the way around the town. Stay active while taking an unforgettable tour of this Austrian gem. Rent a professional bike in the city center and cycle past the Stadtpfarrkirche Church to the lovely 17th-century Old Cathedral. Move through Linz's main square, the Hauptplatz. See all of the interesting landmarks here, such as the Old Town Hall, Neptune Fountain, and the Holy Trinity Column. Cycle towards Linz Castle, passing by the narrow streets featuring stylish white and pastel houses. Take a short break to admire the beautiful views across the Danube River at Castle Park. Pass by the old Martinsor stone gate and get to the Landhausplatz. Ride through the Landhaus inner passage to admire this historic government building from both sides. See the monolithic Mariendom, also known as the New Cathedral, followed by the Ursuline Church of St Michael. Follow a safe, uncrowded route through some lesser-known parts of Linz. Explore the residential areas, passing by local schools and parks. Enjoy the way the city combines its historic architecture with modern buildings and urban nature. You will see the modern Design Center as well as the stunning 19th-century building of the Francisco Carolinum Art Museum. Finally, you will return your bike to the rental shop. Choose the longer tour to see even more. This route includes cycling from Linz main square across the Danube River to see the futuristic glass building of Ars Electronica Center. You'll then cycle to the Castle Park, Landhaus, New Cathedral, and the Ursuline Church of St Michael, followed by Barenberg Park where you will see the Aphrodite Temple. Then, in Bergschlößl Park you will enjoy some relaxing urban nature and see the lovely baroque-style Bergschlössl castle. Finally, cycle by the Design Center and the Francisco Carolinum and end your exciting tour at the bike rental shop.

Linz: Best of Walking Tour

10. Linz: Best of Walking Tour

See the Old Town and sights like New Catherdral, all in the company of your local guide. Founded by the Romans in the 8th century, Linz offers a long collection of sights, churches, museums, art, nature, and unique attractions. Meet your guide and get ready to get under Linz's skin. They'll show you the most charming places in the city while telling you fascinating tales from its storied past. See Linz Castle, with its outstanding collection of art, and the Mozarthaus, dedicated to the great composer. Be stunned by streets full of history, and taken in by the city's unique and beautiful atmosphere. Discover the stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners as your guide takes you to essential sights, as well as hidden gems off the beaten track.

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