Oberosterreich, Austria, in English Upper Austria, offers a variety of things to see and do for the winter as well as the summer season. The capital and cultural heart of the state is Linz. Visitors can explore the scenic Old Town; innovative museums such as the Ars Electronic Center; and cultural events, which include movie festivals, theatre plays, and electronic movie festivals. Due to the growing cultural importance, Linz achieved the transformation from an old industrial centre -- the steel production played an important role in the past and is still present, to a more modern and culturally appealing town.
You cannot ignore the area's picturesque lakes; mountains; and small, traditional villages -- one of the most famous of its kind that is portrayed in numerous pictures is Hallstadt. The combination of old alpine architecture with a natural lake surrounded by typical alpine mountains enchants many tourists. Nowadays this village is a well-known attraction that has not lost its characteristic charm. For winter sport enthusiasts, Upper Austria offers some ski resorts that might be not as famous and big as their competitors in other Austrian states, but they are reasonably priced and not too crowded.
The nightlife focuses on the bigger towns of the state. Linz has a good collection of bars, restaurants, and festivals. Many bars and cafes are situated in the Old Town or really close to the river, convenient for a night out because you can hop from bar to bar on foot. In addition, Steyr has some options for night owls, on a smaller scale of course. Near bigger tourist destinations, you will likely find some bars and cafes too --
sometimes they seem to be in the middle of nowhere and are frequented mainly by locals at the weekends.
In the bigger towns of Upper Austria, Linz and Steyr, you can usually find a bed in the limited range of Oberosterreich, Austria hostels. The size of the towns as well as the tourist preferences to stay in hotels and more traditional guesthouses are very likely the reason for the comparatively small supply. However, near bigger tourist destinations such as the well-known lakes Attersee and Mondsee, there are some additional Oberosterreich, Austria hostels available. Generally in summer, Oberosterreich, Austria hostels are busier because they are mostly not situated near a ski resort. Keep in mind that school classes also use traditional hostels in Oberosterreich, Austria, to hike in nature or to explore the capital of Linz. Therefore, during the summer months, Oberosterreich, Austria hostels can be booked out as well, even if this state is not the most famous Austrian region.
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