As the days get shorter, Linz, Austria takes on an even more radiant appearance. The scent of Christmas markets and the cake shops with their gingerbread and “Linzer Torte”, the lights of the city’s silhouette, with its mix of the modern and the historical, and the temptations of shopping at Linzer City shorten the wait ahead of Christmas. Slowing down the pace of day-to-day life, taking time for inner reflection, and releasing fresh energies…are you looking to de-stress during the hectic pre-Christmas period? Enjoy the reflective peacefulness and the chance to slow things down in any of our numerous churches, or equally at our authentic Christmas markets, mercifully free from piped music. Discover Christmas markets and boat trips from 22nd November to 23rd December 2014.
Advent boat trips on the Danube River
Even in winter, boats set off from Linz on trips along the Danube Valley. The early dusk provides for a very special spectacle: the artistic backdrop of the lights of the Linz bridges and house fronts along the Danube Cultural Mile sparkles in the water’s reflection. The Cultural Mile in Linz is full of different museums, of which the most famous are the Lentos Art Museum and the Ars Electronica Center – Museum of the future. Enjoy the tour on the CRYSTAL SHIP exclusively made with Swarovski crystals (Reederei Wurm+Köck, phone +43 732 783607, www.donauschiffahrt.at, Friday, November 28, Thursday, December 4, Friday, December 5, Wednesday, December 10, Thursday, December 11, Friday, December 12 in 2014, price per person 13,80 €. Rides start from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m for 2 hours.).
Cribs in Linz
Encounter and marvel at art and experiencing local customs from November 22 – December 24, 2014 as the capital city of Upper Austria transforms itself into a glittering Advent city. Several hundred cribs of different designs from all over the world – from the richly-detailed box crib to the life-size straw crib – attract admiring gazes in the shop windows of the city center and in churches and museums. Experience the Crib Exhibition in the Schlossmuseum Linz from November 25, 2014 – February 2, 2015. The impressive collection of cribs in the Upper Austrian regional museums is exhibited every year in the city’s Castle Museum during the Christmas period. The crib in the cathedral (Linzer Mariendom) is famed as one of the biggest and most beautiful cribs in the world, and this guided tour presents it with all its special features. A further highlight is walking the inner gallery of the cathedral at a height of around 16 meters, allowing visitors to view the stained glass window on the Birth of Christ from close up as part of the tour. Also be sure to see the Crib of Flowers at the Botanical Garden from November 11, 2014 to June 1, 2015 -- highly recommended for flower friends!