Linz, Austria

The Great Runs guide to the best places to run in Linz

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A charming city straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna, Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and Austria’s third largest city. The older part of the city is on the south side of the river, centered around the Hauptplatz, the main square. The newer part of the city is on the north side. The area is surrounded by pretty countryside and mountains. The are some great options for running in Linz, with excellent transport access.

The best places to run in Linz are centered around the Danube River, with extensive paths on both the north and south sides. We’ve also put together a route incorporating the Schlosspark castle park and other central Linz parks & sites. Another favorite spot is Wasserwald, a ‘water forest park’ with several km of paths. For some countryside running including paths along the Traun River and several lake loop options, take the light rail or train to Ebeslberg.

Linz has excellent public transport, including light tail and trains.

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Linz has a humid continental climate with cool winters and warm summers. In summer, average high temperatures are in the 25C (77F) range, with cool nights. Fall is gorgeous. and lingers into late October/early November. Winters are cold but not frigid, with daytime and nighttime temps hovering around the freezing mark, with 60 cm (24 inches) of snow annually. Rain in summer comes often in the form of thunderstorms. Precipitation is evenly spread through the year.


The best running store in Linz is the appropriately named Runners Store.

There are also outlets of Sports Direct and Under Armour.