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Overnight in Linz

Hauptplatz, Linz, Austria
Hauptplatz (Main Square)
It was a pleasant day in May as I strolled around the third biggest city in Austria. But I found few people in the streets and the commercial district was quiet. I guess people go home when the shops are closed.

Trinity Column, Linz, Austria
Trinity Column
You’ll find a Trinity column in many cities in Europe. This 20-meter high plague column is made of Unsterberg marble and is an offering of gratitude from the Emperor Charles VI and the townspeople for having evaded the worst of the plaque in the 17th century, the attacks of the Ottoman Empire and the War of the Spanish succession.

Hauptplatz
Pastel painted buildings and terrace restaurants surround the main square of Linz.

Hauptlatz
Newly planted spring flowers are a sight for sore eyes. 

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (New Cathedral)
The Immaculate Conception is the largest church in all of Austria. It can accommodate 20,000 people. Completed in 1924, it has been undergoing restoration to replace its “crumbling sandstone” and other damages caused by weather and age. Work on the 135-meter spire was completed in 2019. But repair to the tower is ongoing. It is the second tallest spire in the country, bowing only to the spire of St. Stephen’s Catheral in Vienna.

Church of St. Ignatius (Old Cathedral)
This Baroque church from 1669 has two onion dome towers that’s visible from the Main Square. The main portal to the church faces a narrow street and it’s a challenge to take a good photo in this confined space. 

Ars Electronica Center
The Ars Electronica Center is an interactive tech museum and one of the main draws to this city of culture.

Sunset in the Danube river, Linz, Austria
Sunset on the Danube River
The Danube is so calm. I bet dinner while cruising the river would be quite a treat.
Where to stay:
Ibis Styles Linz
Wankmüllerhofstr37 Ecke, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse
accor.com
I stayed at this modern hotel because it’s across the street from the train station and I was leaving the next day for Vienna. It’s in a quiet area and within walking distance to the city center. I try to stay in hotels where I’m a hotel club member so I can gain points which I can use for future stays. The Linz train station has a supermarket and restaurants so it was convenient to pick up all the necessities I needed. 

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