21 Facts About Linz


Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and third-largest city in Austria.

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Linz is in the centre of Europe, lying on the Paris–Budapest west–east axis and the Malmo–Trieste north–south axis.

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Linz paid for the Haas collection of Bruckner's works to be published, and himself purchased material for the proposed library.

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In 1945, immediately after the end of the Nazi dictatorship, 39 streets in Linz were renamed, whereas from 1946 to 1987, only two streets were renamed.

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In 1975, Linz upgraded the college founded in 1966 to become the country's highest form of academic institution, the Johannes Kepler University.

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Coat of arms of Linz developed from the seal image, which was used as emblem since 1242.

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Linz is part of the Linz-Wels-Steyr metropolitan area of Upper Austria, home to around one third of the state's population and second-largest urban area in Austria.

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Linz serves as an important transport hub for the region of both Upper Austria and, to a lesser degree, southern Bohemia.

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Linz has 13 cemeteries, four of them are supervised by the LINZ AG.

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Linz has other culture institutions, such as the Posthof, which is near the harbour, and the Stadtwerkstatt, which is by the river Danube.

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Linz was the European Capital of Culture in 2009, along with Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

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On 1 December 2014 Linz was accepted into the international network of UNESCO Creative Cities as a City of Media Arts.

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Since 2009, the Open Commons Linz initiative has made available a wide variety of "free" data: geo-data and statistical information having to do with city life, local government, recreation and tourism.

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Linz is thus at the forefront in Europe when it comes to universal access to open data.

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Ensemble of the Landestheater Linz used to perform musical productions as well as theatre productions at a venue located on the "Promenade" in the inner city of Linz .

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Linz reportedly composed his Piano Sonata 13 in B flat while in Linz, although it was published in Vienna.

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Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden near Linz and spent several years working as a conductor and organist in Linz, where he started to compose.

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In Linz there are both traditional restaurants and old wine taverns, as well as modern and exotic cuisine.

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Some well-known chefs from Linz are Lukas Erich, who cooks in the Verdi and Georg Essig from the Der neue Vogelkafig.

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Linz offers many parks and holiday areas:Lakes and public swimming pools: Pichlinger See, Pleschinger See, Weikerlsee, Biesenfeldbad, Hummelhofbad, Parkbad, Schorgenhubbad.

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Linz is in the urban forest area ranking in front of Graz, even if only 500 hectares are owned by the city itself.

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