Top 5 Upper Austria attractions
1. Castle Altpernstein
2. The Art Gallery Reich
3. Old town Enns
4. Alter Dom
5. Old Town Linz
Altpernstein Castle is situated high up between Kirchdorf and Micheldorf. The west side of the castle was secured by a simple wall and turrets for protection. This has today been converted to a panoramic terrace. The Knights’ Hall and armoury is located in the main wing. Curiosity is often aroused by visitors around the front end, in which the chapel is located today, especially because of the well-preserved, and once dreaded dungeons.
Privately owned antique jewellery, beautiful old paintings as well as images of classic modern art and antiques from the baroque era and even Art Deco items can all be found in a house rich in history and times long past.
Follow in the footsteps of Roman legionaries and put yourself in the era of medieval merchants. The houses of the old town are mostly from the 15th and 16th century with impressive facades and idyllic courtyards. Those who look closely will notice lovingly preserved details in gothic doors and windows frames. This gives the impression that Enns is a portrait of bygone eras – and is simply unique. Most impressive are the castle and the overarching Ennsegg, which is a 60 m high, free-standing tower from the middle of the 16the century located directly in the main square.
In Linz, the old cathedral is a special attraction. It was built by the Jesuits in the years 1669-1683. It became a cathedral, as Josef II. declared the Diocese of Linz. In 1909 the Jesuits left. It is located at the southern end of the main square, next to the former Jesuit College. The organ was built according to plans by Anton Bruckner and has been preserved through to today.
The historic old town district is centrally located. To the north is the Danube River, to the east the main square, in the west the Kapuzinerstraße and south Stifterstraße. Linz was an important regional market town which was first documented in 799 as a settlement in the area of the today’s old town. During a great fire in 1800, many historical buildings were lost, however the old town of Linz is still one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Also a lively local scene has emerged. Outside the old town in another historical district are many small shopping streets.
Whoever wants to experience a completely new way of sightseeing through the city without much effort, should hire a Segway – an electric scooter. Balanced and controlled by the latest technology, this is surely the most intuitive way of getting around and bringing you to where you want to go.