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About Linz (Salzburg)

For river cruise operators, Linz is used mainly as a waypoint from which shore excursions set off to other, grander locales like Salzburg, Austria or Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. And while the city is more of a place of work than a place to visit, it is a counterpoint to many other stops on a typical Danube River cruise itinerary. A quick tour through town (there really doesn't need to be any other kind) can provide relief for anyone suffering from "quaint European village fatigue syndrome."

Linz is the third-largest city in Austria, with a population of 190,000 inhabitants; it's also the capital to the state of Upper Austria. Once known as the country's center of industry (and hometown of Hitler), Linz is making a name for itself in the world of computer art and digital design. When you dock there, you will likely notice sculptures along the water's edge and a modern building with glowing LED lights, which is the Ars Electronica Center, a museum and development facility for new media arts. Also directly across from your ship will be Brucknerhaus -- named after composer Anton Bruckner -- a famous concert hall and home to the Bruckner Orchestra. The rising fortunes of Linz were officially recognized when the city was made a European Capital of Culture in 2009.

Many cruise lines dock in Linz and offer shore excursions to nearby Salzburg, a couple hours away by bus. Salzburg is set in the forested foothills north of the Alps mountain range, and the Salzach River divides the city. The northeastern half of the city is the new town -- mostly businesses and transport links -- and the southwestern bank of the river is home to the charming Altstadt (Old Town) with its baroque churches and one of Europe's oldest medieval fortresses. Salzburg's Old Town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Home to Mozart, Haydn and setting of "The Sound of Music," Salzburg is a wildly popular stop for music-lovers of all kinds and tourists of all ages. In fact, the city gets 8 million visitors a year, an estimated 300,000 of which visit Salzburg each year simply because it's so prominently featured in the film musical "The Sound of Music."

So soak it all in and sing it out loud while you're in town. Walk the Getreidegasse, a busy shopping street, and happen upon the house at number 9, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. Pace the gardens of Mirabell Palace; "Do-Re-Mi" was sung on its steps. During the holiday season, enjoy the festivities and decorations of Salzburg's impressive Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market), and if you feel like singing a carol, the lyrics to "Silent Night" were written here, as well.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
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    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
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      Passau
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    Viking Vilhjalm - Viking River Cruises

    Large number of balcony cabins

    Complimentary wine, beer and soda with lunch and dinner

    Culture-rich daily excursions included in the fare

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    Reflecting the heritage of Viking's Norwegian-born founder, Torstein Hagen, Viking Vilhjalm is ...

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    InsureFun
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Very disappointing
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    Don Blue
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Danube Waltz Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
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    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
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    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Ingvi - Viking River Cruises

    Tours and most drinks included in price

    Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

    Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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    Viking Ingvi Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
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    Service4.0
    Value3.0

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    Billdref
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nothing special
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Exceeds expectation
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
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    Avalon Waterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (Avalon Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Deggendorf
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    Avalon Illumination - Avalon Waterways

    Custom-built to sail the Rhine River

    Most cabins transform into "open-air" balconies

    Alternative dining: top-deck BBQ and bistro fare

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    Avalon Illumination Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
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    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    As new ships flood the river cruise market, each line has been one-upping the other with better...

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    rfmagui
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Avalon wins again, the Danube not so much
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Budapest to Amsterdam
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    Mmsq
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Wonderful 50th anniversary cruise!
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Attention to Detail
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  • 7 Night
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    Budapest
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    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Prestige - Viking River Cruises

    Cruises Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers

    Shore tours at each port included in the cruise fare

    Riverboat has six single occupancy cabins

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value5.0

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    LilyGE
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Wonderful experience
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Cruise was good. Leaving the ship was not.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Vilshofen an der Donau
    Visiting:
    Passau, Linz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 2
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

    Reviews

    AmaMagna Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    SRubin1957
    Sail Date May 2019
    Amazing week on the AmaMagna !!
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Magna Christmas markets
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
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    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Weissenkirchen
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaLea - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Active excursions, twin balconies and outdoor pool bar stand out from the crowd

    Cons

    Dining service could be more intuitive; ambitious menus sometimes lack execution

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable furnishings and excursion choice allows cruise customization more than most

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

    In an increasingly crowded field, AmaWaterways continues to tweak its river cruises to keep up ...

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    Lcd2107
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Excellent for a solo Traveller!
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    AndyB
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Christmas Markets on the Danube
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Linz (Salzburg) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
    Ship Details

    Viking Rolf - Viking River Cruises

    Excursions and drinks with lunch and dinner included in the fare

    Innovative Aquavit Terrace for sheltered alfresco dining

    Well-equipped cabins -- many with balconies

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    0.0/5

    Two-room suites and a high proportion of cabins with verandas are among the features on Viking ...

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    Runnergirl1740
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Paris to Normandy
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Amazing!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Linz (Salzburg)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Avalon Waterways
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