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Linz is Austria's third-largest city after Vienna and Graz. It is located in the north of the country about halfway between Vienna and Salzburg. Linz is quite an elegant city with an interesting historic Old Town Quarter with many nice patrician houses and a large pedestrian zone.
It's best to start exploring the city on the Main Square and then work your way to the Old Town Quarter. There is much to discover here, from original Roman foundations to vaults dating from medieval times.
Linz is also great for shopping. In the narrow side streets you will many quaint little antique shops. In particular, check the stores in the Bischofstrasse. In the summer season (March through October) there is a lively fleamarket every saturday. It is held right in the center.
To get a great view of the city, take a ride on the steepest adhesion railway in the world, to the Pöstlingberg. The train passes many small stations.