was founded by the Romans and, because of its location, was an important
trading center. Hapsburg Emperor Frederick III spent his last years
there and it was the most important city in Europe until his death
main square or Hauptplatz has a Trinity Column in its center. Built
in 1723, it represents the triple symbols of Emperor, Land and City.
The Rococo, Baroque and Renaissance style buildings around the square
were once shops of wealthy merchants. We took a tour of the city
center by mini train.
we walked back to go inside the Marien-Dom - the largest cathedral
in Austria. We were lucky to be there when the organ was playing.
The sound in this gothic cathedral was awesome.
After lunch we took a unique train ride up the Postlingberg Hill.
train was built in 1898 and according to the Guiness Book of World
Records is the steepest adhesion railway in the world (a 10.5% grade).
At the top is the Church of St. Mary's of Sorrows and a great view
of the city (when it's not foggy as it was when we were there!).
highlight of Linz for Fred was a visit to the Ars Electronica Center.
This Museum of the Future offers a look at digital computer worlds
and the latest technologies and media. We donned special glasses
and journeyed through a three dimensional view of Florence. Then
Fred tried the flight simulator where he donned a harness and "flew"
over the streets of Linz and then under the Danube. Great fun.
Linz has been declared the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2009, an
honor that is given to different cities each year. Lots of special
exhibits and events are planned. To view additional photos from
Linz, visit the Linz Photo Gallery.
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