Viewed Vienna? Seen Salzburg? Then check out Adrian Gillan’s OutUK guide to two lesser known Austrian gems: gorgeous Graz and luscious Linz.


Having been an European Capital of Culture in the past decade, there's no reason not to grab a Linz City Ticket to see all of this city's main sights. Hop on the Linz City Express, a yellow buggy-train that will destroy your street cred so just let go and enjoy as it trundles you around the Old Town at a decrepit snail’s pace; browse Kokoschka and Klimt and the latest young stars at the brand new museum of modern art, the Lentos Kunstmuseum.
Check out the flight simulator at the Ars Electronica Center across the Danube; and take a river trip, or a steep tram ride up the Pöstlingberg hill for stunning views back over the city and entire river valley.


Run by a straight but joyously gay-friendly manager, Austria-Trend Hotel Schillerpark will lodge you in style near scene and sites. Take a luxury suite on the upper floors overlooking Schillerpark itself; take pot luck at the adjoining casino; enjoy a drink at the Lobby Bar or superb dishes at the light-and-airy Primo Piano restaurant.
To get your gay bearings, pop into HOSI Linz on Schubertstrasse - a fab community hub, library, support and information service, organising social groups and conferences. It is the point of contact for social, legal and medical issues and the main contact for the LGBT society.
Forty Nine is the Queer Bar of Hosi Linz - the LGBT community hub. The bar is staffed by volunteers and is open Friday and Saturday (and before public holidays) from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Help with the bar team or with other activities of HOSI Linz are welcome and with financial support so that HOSI Linz can continue to implement its diverse activities. Members of HOSI Linz receive a 10% discount on beer and wine and a 20% discount on non-alcoholic beverages.

A short walk north of HOSI, Gasthaus Gosser Stub’n on Starhembergstraße is a fun gastro-bar with mixed, gay-friendly crowd.


Next door to the Gosser Stub’n, stalwart bar Blue Heaven boasts a small dance-floor and darkroom. It's popular with the gay & lesbian crowd. The air-conditioned venue serves a large selection of alcoholic drinks. There’s also video shows and occasional themed events and parties.

Ohne Zwang is an interesting meeting place in the scene. Whether lesbian, gay, straight or transgender, everyone is welcome, what counts for them is that you have a good time there.


Ryanair fly direct to both Graz and Linz from London Stansted and you can fly direct from other UK airports on Austrian, bmi or Lufthansa and save money on your ticket at ebookers. We have a great selection of hotels in Linz at special online rates through our partners Bookings.

Tourist Info


Austria-Trend Hotel Schillerpark (Schillerpark 1; T: +43 (732) 69 50; Website)
Blue Heaven (Starhembergstraße 11; T: +43 732 797095; Website)
Forty Nine (Schillerstraße 49; T: +43 732 609898; Website)
Gasthaus Gosser Stub’n (Starhembergstraße 11; T: +43 732 797095; Website)
HOSI Linz (Schubertstrasse 36/1 on the corner with Goethestrasse; T: +43 070 609898; Website)
Ohne Zwang (Schenterstraße 2; T: +43 664 5345717; Website)

Revised November 2022

OutGoing guide to Graz


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