Get in the mood for Christmas in Linz

Not a big fan of the Christmas rush? Then you’ve come to the right place! Because in Linz there are many other fantastic ways to spend the Christmas season. Enjoy the glitter of lights on a Danube boat tour, be enchanted by spectacular sculptures of ice, or take part in some of the local traditions and customs – the choice is yours.

On the water: Romantic boat tour on the Danube

The festive lights of the city are reflected on the river. The ship glides slowly over the water, an especially wonderful way to slow down and let yourself go with the flow. The Linz boat tour companies offer various thematic trips in the run-up to Christmas, like a visit by Saint Nicholas on December 1 or a Christmas gala buffet on one of the Advent Sundays.

At night: Explore the old town with the night watchman

Nobody knows the stories and secrets of Linz’s old town better than Wolfgang Liegl. The “Nachtwächter zu Lintze”, as he is known, will guide you through the city at night with tales of Middle Age customs during the Christmas season. The festive illumination of the medieval town houses makes this city tour of Linz especially atmospheric.

For families: Christmas at the Linz Zoo and Grottenbahn

Children can hardly wait for Christmas to come! The best way to pass the time is with a visit to the Linz Zoo or the Grottenbahn on Pöstlingberg. Here you’ll find a fairy tale Christmas with a wonderfully decorated fantasy world plus a crafts station and colourful artists programme on the Advent weekends. Meanwhile, Saint Nick comes to visit the children and the animals at the zoo. Many museums and theatres in Linz also have an exciting Christmas programme. And for the more active guest, we recommend a round of ice skating at the Parkbad pool and sports centre. Boredom doesn’t stand a chance!

With music: Cultural highlights during the Christmas season in Linz

Cheerful and festive – that best describes the programme of the Linz concert halls in the time before Christmas. The local stages also offer a varied cultural programme of opera, drama and gospel choirs. More spiritual moments are provided by the Advent concerts in the churches of Linz.