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The City of Linz

Linz is one of the biggest cities within Austria, with about 200.000 inhabitants and is located along the Danube. It is the capital of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), one of Austria's nine regions. The conference venue is situated at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, situated in a campus slightly outside the city center. It is a young university which has been extended a lot during its 42 years of existance.

In 2009, Linz will be the European Capital of Culture.

 If you want to see more about Linz in advance, visit the Tourist Information in Linz, just have a look at the virtual city tour, enjoy Brucknerhaus or AEC Ars Electronica Center


Hauptplatz (Main Square of Linz)          Nibelungenbrücke (bridge across the Danube) and view towards the city center

How to Get to Linz?

The most frequent ways to get to Linz are by plane, by train or by car. Linz is also well known for the bike path along the Danube that goes from Passau (in Germany) to Vienna. Moreover Linz is located along the Danube, an important stream within the European waterways.

  • By Car: Linz is almost in the middle of the freeway A1 from Salzburg to Vienna (140 km to Salzburg and 200 km to Vienna).
    • Take freeway A1 (from Salzburg to Vienna or vice versa) until "Knoten Linz"
    • Take freeway A7 from "Knoten Linz". Follow the signs in the direction of "Freistadt, Prag" (about 15 km).
    • Get off at the exit "Linz-Dornach". About 2 km before the exit "Linz-Dornach" the freeway crosses the Danube.
  • By Train: When arriving by train at the main train station, there are 2 possibilties to get to the conference venue or to the Hotel Sommerhaus - either by taxi or tram.
    • Tram: There is a good connection by tram between the main station and the Johannes Kepler University Linz. There is a tram every 5 to 7 minutes and it takes about 30 to 45 minutes. You can buy the ticket at special ticket machines at the stops.
      Take Line 3 at the main train station and change to Line 1 (direction "Universität" - last station on the line). You can change the tram at the first stop ("Blumauerplatz"), but you do not need to hurry. Line 1 and Line 3 use the same track through the center of Linz. The latest possibility to change is "Rudolfsstrasse" (right after crossing the Danube). Go on until the last stop "Universität".
  • By Plane: The Blue Danube Airport in Hörsching is about 15 km away from the city of Linz. The most frequent way to get to the city or to the campus of the Johannes Kepler University Linz is:
    • Bus to the main train station in Linz: The bus (red color) from the airport to the main station only leaves on certain times (06:00, 08:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 23:10). Now continue with "By train".
    • Shuttle service to the next train station (Hörsching), train to the main train station of Linz: The shuttle service is free. Now continue with "By train".