If you think that the logical way to go to Tallinn from Bratislava would be to the East you don’t know me. I wanted to take a long train and spend less than a day in Linz just to meet another friend that I haven’t seen for more than a year, already in Austria.
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Kick from the train
When I bought my ticket in Bratislava for Linz, I was far to suspect that I could be asked to leave a train I took… Actually I have firstly learnt that in Austria are private and public companies, and secondly that a day-ticket allow to only use the public trains.
I arrived in Vienna in the early morning with the Slovak line, and then had a special train between the two main stations of the Austrian capital. In Vienna Hütteldorf I had to wait 30 minutes before a first train to Linz. Until now everything was perfectly going, following the timetable the Slovak gave me.
I paid my ticket 50 euros and after one hour of travel the lady gave me the choice to pay 20 euros to keep travelling or to leave at the next station. She gently gave me 10 minutes to think about, time during when Austrian people talked and adviced me to leave and to take the following train. Jackpot, the public train was just 15 minutes behind 😀 The lucky city who saw me walking for short was Saint Polten, half way between Vienna and Linz. I have few photos of it but it looks nice.
And still no phone
Once in Linz I realized that my phone was not working, again… if I wrote my friend in Vienna to tell her at what time my train should arrived, I didn’t consider my future stop in Saint Polten… So I came later, without knowing if she would be here or not, waiting for me or not. My first mission (again) was to find a sim card to contact her. The railway station of Linz is quite big, with two floors, and I run everywhere until I reached the outside. I saw nothing. And I decided to come back inside. Angelika was there waiting for me! Incredible, somehow I am lucky!
Breakfast in a sky bar
We drove to the famous free parking spot in the opposite side of the Danube, behind the Ars Electronica Center. From there we could walk to the Main Square with the Trinity column and have breakfast in the Passage Shopping Center, a restaurant on the last floor but not really in the sky… time for having a long discution while drinking coffee and tasty breakfast!
One Cathedral and many churches
The last time I visited Linz I realized that we have missed an important thing to see: the New Cathedral! Impressive building in the old town which underlines the landscape. We have been inside and noticed that it was very dark. Not sure why but it complicated the photos session a bit more…
The city has more church and cathedral, in the not order thoose are called the Little Parish church, the church of Saints Michael and Ursula, the Yellow church, the Alter Dom… The weather was not really good in the town but when we have left the Alter Dom we got a little snow falling very slowly!
After having walk in the center we have passed in the Linzer Laudhaus courtyard. Before the main gate is a circle on the floor representing the diameter of an old bell used in the tower. And what a large bell! Probably 2 meters or more.
We climb a little hill fighting the cold wind to reach the Linzer Schloss. A platform gives a view on the old town of Linz, we can admired all the church and the town hall.
Ars Electronica Center
I mixed them for a long time but not anymore. In Linz are on both side of the river two modern art center. The Ars Electronica Center and the Lentos. Both are really pretty during the night by being enlighten though their glass wall.
We went the AEC to have lunch (Schnitzel)
and visited it. A really nice place with multiple rooms and interactive stands. It took our afternoon to see everything, but it was not a bad idea because outside got colder and rainy. My friend’s flatemate joined us later and we came back the restaurant to have coffee.
Evening at home and night in Vienna
Last time in Linz, it was already night and we could go to the car park. Angelika doesn’t lived in Linz but in a smaller town in the south of it. We stayed the evening in her flat and I started to check my schedules for my next days. Her flatemate Eva noticed that I forgot one day in my trip. I was happy, I had time to visit Vienna before Krakow! I booked my hostel for my night and we later went to Saint Valentin, one station before Linz, to take my train in direction of Vienna.
My way back to Estonia started at that moment. I also had to said goodbye to an important friend, I am still not sure when will be the next time I will see her.