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Linz, Austria does not rival Vienna or Salzburg for old world architecture, but this destination is home to Pflasterspektakel Festival. Linz is a modern urban city, most definitely of the 21st century. It is filled with industrial buildings, the Ars Electronica Centre, and glass style galleries.
The Pflasterspektakel Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Linz. It is held every year in July. Free to holidaymakers and residents alike, the streets come alive with performers, vivid colours, and spectacular performances. Performers do request donations, although it is up to you how much you give.
Linz is located in northern Austria two hours from Vienna and a journey up the Danube. Performers travel from all over Austria to offer their particular brand of entertainment. Some of the street performers include acrobats, jugglers, mimes, and magicians. These acts bring the streets alive during the day and night for three days in July.
Plasterspektakel means “paving stone spectacular” and it truly fits the festival, given that performers walk down the paving-stone streets of downtown Linz. Roughly 40 performances are provided each year, but there are still more. Although the main feature is the performers, the days and nights are filled with many activities, food stalls, and music. Fire shows and parades move through the Old City section.
Costumes add to the entertainment, some with brightly coloured costumes and others with white on black to showcase the talents of the wearers superbly.