Visiting Linz wasn't in our original plan. We supposed to stay for a night in Wels and move to Enns at the next morning (today). But there appeared that Wels was too little and not too welcoming place to stay, and for arriving Enns, which is pretty near, we should go via Linz anyway.
We arrived Linz about 6pm yesterday, slept in Haus Walthraud and even make a short sightseeing walk at the evening. Linz is big city, there r plenty of places to see.
Here few words about the hotel.
We didn't book anything for advance and spontaneity is tricky in August - bcause it's vacation time. One hostel was completely full, another didn't even answer on call (was full as well?). We wanted to stay on budget but still hoped to live in walking distance from the center and from Rail Station. We got the first which cost reasonable (50EU for double room) and location seem ok too. The only disadvantage was shared facilities, but not a big deal - it is always very clean and in well condition here, in Austria. We walked from the Train Station about half an hour (not include supermarket where I stuck for a while), then arrived the big square and found the hotel. House-keeper opened our doorbell rang and took us 2 turnes downsteirs. There were some surprises: our room was in basement floor (windows at height of the hips of walking ppl) but it was really spacious, originally planned for 3 ppl. The room had equipped kitchinetta inside, was fully renovated and clean. As I expected shower and WC were spacious and clean too. It was some smell of the old building in the bacement, but you gettting used to it in a minute after entrance. This hotel also has little inner garden with small plastic pool and place for BQ - not very relevant for us, but nice to find. We even had TV and WIFI connection in the room! And, the most important we discovered that we live in the very center, just into tourist map! So, at general it over our expectations. Another discovery made us smiling: it was small metal door on the wall of our room (probably for ventilation?) with name Kafka on it. We didn't yet decide what it supposed to be, but it gives to our visit Kafkean tone :-)
As I already said facilities were out of the room, but near. I awoke very early and planned to take a shower. When I stepped out of the room the electricity was off and disable to switch it on. (Basement - dark as the asshole!). Restroom also was in complete darknes. I went upstairs, played with every switch around, went down and played with switchers there - no result. It was too early to awake anybody (4:30am), so I should b creative. No, I didn't have a flashlight. I switched light on in the room, risking to awake Andre and opened the door as wide as I could. Then I opened the door of the restroom and visited there in extreme conditions. I guess it looked comical.
Here r few words abt the city of Linz.
Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the land of Upper Austria (Oberösterreich). It is located in the centre of Austria and devided 2two with Danube River. The city was founded by the Romans. Linz always was important trading point connecting several routes. During 3 years in XV century it even had status of the capital; survived the plague and wars XVI-XVII centuries and revived again in the XVIII century. Linz is large industrial, transport, cultural and educational center: universities, theaters, museums, architecure of XIII-XIX centuries.
Adolf Hitler spent most of his childhood and youth in the Linz area. To the end of his life, Hitler considered Linz to be his "home town", and envisioned extensive architectural schemes for it, wanting it to become the main cultural centre of the Third Reich. In order to make the city economically vibrant, Hitler initiated a major industrialization of Linz shortly before, and during, World War II. Linz still looks like busy industrial city, but doesn't have imperial splendor. Compared with Gratz it is not equal nor in any beauty or grooming in either greatness. Linz doesn't have playfulness and secularity of Vienna and it is not quiet and comfort enough for living as a small town. It still has own beauty and places of interests, but no charm. Linz is a heavyweights, serious and busy working city with busy traffic and sooty facades. We left the gloomy city with a light heart and run to the last stop in our trip - small Enns, which supposed to be a gem.