The Franz-Josef-Observatory is the highest point on the Freinberg: After climbing the steps you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over Linz, the Danube, Urfahr and the Pöstlingberg. The observatory (German: Franz Josefs-Warte) was built in 1888 in honor of the forty-year jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef.
Wonderful View From Franz-Josef-Observatory
The observation tower is five stories high and has a viewing platform on the roof. The climb over more than one hundred wooden steps is worthwhile. The vantage tower overlooks the crowns of the surrounding trees and gives a wonderful view. The city of Linz, the Danube, the Pöstlingberg and the Eferdinger Becken can be seen from here in a unique perspective.
Nature lovers reach the tower via the Stadtwanderweg Freinberg. After a walking time of about three quarters of an hour starting from the main square of Linz. Alternatively, you can also take the bus line 26. Exit at stop “Vergeinerstraße”. From there it is only about a 10 minutes walk until you reach from the Franz-Josef-Observatory.
Here is an overview of opening times.
Here is a list of other free attractions in Linz and Upper Austria.