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Pflasterspektakel – street art festival in Linz

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Pflasterspektakel in Linz

The Pflasterspektakel  is an annual street art festival in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Starting as a meeting point for street performers over 30 years ago, the Pflasterspektakel Linz has become one of the most important and diverse street performance festivals in Europe.

It includes musical acts, juggling, acrobatics, pantomime, improvisational theatre, clownery, fire dancing, painting, samba parades, as well as a programme for children, and is held on three days in July in and around the main square and the Landstraße (map).

The interaction with the audience is essential to street art as well as the artistic variety of expression and ability of improvisation. This immediacy is key to street art. With every performance the interaction starts from scratch and the respective location turns into a temporary stage.

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Another essential part is showing your appreciation not just with applause. If you liked the performances, we kindly ask you to reward the abilities of the extraordinary artists appropriately!

The Pflasterspektakel takes place on three days during the second half of July. The opening ceremony is held on a Thursday at 4 p.m.; on the following Friday and Saturday, the festival starts at 2 p.m. Closing time is at midnight each day, but some musicians play in pubs until 1 a.m. By tradition, spontaneously formed groups of artists improvise a finale (or several finales) on Saturday evening on the main square.

About Linz

Linz is primarily known as a major industrial centre but also has a very picturesque historical old town including Austria’s largest central square, surrounded by an impressive ensemble of Baroque architecture. Linz has tried to reposition itself as a cultural hub with numerous new museums and events. The tourist slogan of the city is “In Linz beginnt’s” (“It starts in Linz”).

When strolling through the heart of the city, one can literally sense its history. The lanes of the old town, which lies directly at the foot of the castle, communicate the feeling of past ages. Splendid town residences and chapter houses are worthy of closer scrutiny, as are the many inner courtyards hidden discretely behind arched gates.

Lentos Museum of Art (Lentos Kunstmuseum, map). Houses a large collection focusing on modern art, with representative works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as current contemporary art.

New Cathedral (Mariendom, map). The cathedral can accommodate 20,000 worshippers and is also notable for its stained glass windows, including the famous Linz Window with scenes from the history of Linz (left front). At Christmas the crypt church contains one of the largest nativity scenes, measuring 12 m in length.

Old Cathedral (Alter Dom, map). The cathedral was built between 1669 and 1678. It was the cathedral church of the diocese of Linz from 1785-1909.

St Martin’s Church (Martinskirche, map). This is regarded as the oldest original church still in existence in Austria. It was first documented in 799.

Linz Castle / Schlossmuseum Linz (map). The Linz Castle is first documented in 799. It was entirely rebuilt in 1477 by Emperor Friedrich III, and there are partial remains of the defensive walls, the bastions and the west entrance (Friedrichstor).

The Linz markets provide an opportunity to browse, and sample, whether at the weekly markets or the twice-yearly Fair / Carneval Urfahraner Jahrmarkt, which is Austria´s oldest public festival.

Be prepared to search far and wide for open restaurants on Sundays. The entire Altstadt seems to close down Sunday nights leaving tourists restaurant choices only in adjoining districts.

Public transport

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linzag.at – Linz public transport.

+ Public transports (linztourismus.at) • Getting There & Around (austria.info)

 BUS >   Eurolines Austria – is the largest operator and organizer of bus travel in Austria though many services are not included in their schedules. Flixbus – the biggest fish in the German Intercity Bus pond and now a major player in most of Europe serves a couple of international routes through and into Austria.

 RAIL >   Tickets can be purchased from certain locations to Austria via the ÖBB websiteRail Europe). The only competitor to ÖBB is WestBahn on the Salzburg-Linz-Vienna line (the company shares the name of the line it runs on). Vienna is the largest railway hub but day and night trains from most Central European countries travel to many stops across Austria. (*Rail travel in Europe)

 AIRPORTS >   The most important international airport is Vienna airport. + St. Gallen-Altenrhein AirportFriedrichshafen.

 WATERWAYS >   –

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