Austria’s third largest city and the administrative capital of Upper Austria, Linz is also one of the most important cities sitting along the Danube approximately halfway on its course to Budapest. The river is an essential part of the city and indeed it’s believed to be the source of the city’s name, with the Roman word “Lentia” meaning “knee”, a direct reference to the bend in the Danube that Linz is built around.
As a matter of facts, one of Linz’ most interesting river-side attractions, besides the Lentos Museum (right bank) and the Ars Electronica Center (left bank), is its colourful and varied flea market set at the foot of the Trinity Column.
Held once a week in front of the unique backdrop of one of the most beautiful closed squares, the Flohmarkt am Hauptplatz is a true delight for antiques lovers and flea markets enthusiasts and a good reason to get up very early on a Saturday morning.
Over 100 sellers congregate to sell all kinds of odds and ends are sold there, from vintage toys, old magazines and glassware, to glittering chandeliers, high-quality paintings and antiques, old weapons, furniture, crockery and other oddities.
In the winter months (from November to February), the flea market is held across the river in Linz/Urfahr, in front of the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), where it is better protected from wind and the cold weather.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
If you’re buying something big like a commode or a chest of drawers to ship internationally, tell the vendor the item is for export and that you’re using a reputable shipper who will provide an export certificate. They may pass along additional discounts.
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