There will be no biking today to allow for a visit to Mauthausen and Linz. Motorcoach time is 1 hour (30 miles / 48 kilometers). Walking approximately 1 mile (1.5 kilometers), standing for up to 2 hours on uneven terrain, stairs, and cobblestones.
Hotel dining room.
After breakfast, attend a lecture that will enlighten you on facets of the Austrian economy, history and society. Continue by motorcoach for an excursion to the remains of the concentration camp, Mauthausen. Formerly a notorious World War II internment camp built by the Nazis, you’ll see the granite quarries from which the stones were cut to pave many of the streets in Vienna. Many of the camp prisoners died working in these quarries. Today the camp is a memorial with monuments dedicated to the people of many nationalities who died here.
On your own to enjoy what you like in Linz.
Free Time: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Linz. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Explore Linz, the capital of the province of Upper Austria. Don’t miss the Hauptplatz, the former market square, with Baroque buildings and the Rathaus. It was from the balcony of this town hall, on March 12, 1938, that Adolf Hitler announced his thousand-year empire. For a wonderful view of the city, board the Pöstlingbergbahn, the steepest mountain railway in the world. The old-fashioned cars have been making the 16-minute climb of 835 feet to the top of the mountain since 1898. The town abounds with cathedrals, museums and most importantly, Konditoreien. Be sure to find one of these local bakeries and sample the famous Linzer Torte. You might even want to take one with you!
At a local restaurant, enjoy a three-course set menu plus water; other beverages are available for purchase.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.