Linz Travel Guide
As if we were in any doubt that Austria was a mighty cultural place, the coming year of 2009 will hammer it into us completely, and we're hoping the Austrians will even get rid of those "There are no kangaroos in Austria" T-shirts.
To start out, the northern city of Linz is a European Capital of Culture for 2009 which means a major overload of stuff to see and do. The opening festival runs from New Year's Eve through to January 2 with countdowns and concerts and, well, culture.
Meanwhile, Vienna' music scene celebrates Haydn some 200 years after his death. The over-zealous Viennese have planned 1,500 different events in 2009 to celebrate Haydn's music so if nothing's happening the day you arrive, you're just not reading the schedule right.