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In 2009 Linz, together with the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, was chosen as the European Capital of Culture.
Being the city where the Habsburg Emperor Friedrich III spent his last years, it was, for a short period of time, the most important city in the empire.
The confrontation with the Nazi past resulted in the renaming of many streets.
In 1945, immediately after the end of the Nazi dictatorship, 39 streets in Linz were renamed, whereas from 1946 to 1987, only two streets were renamed.
The wavy bars indicate the position of the city near the Danube.
The Austrian shield is a reference to the former territorial city.
Notorious Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann also spent his youth in Linz.
To the end of his life, Hitler considered Linz to be his "home town", In order to make the city economically vibrant, Hitler initiated a major industrialisation of Linz shortly before, and during, the Second World War.In addition to an ordnance depot, Linz has a benzol (oil) plant which was bombed during the Oil Campaign on 16 October 1944.What was once the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp is 20 km (12 miles) east of the city of Linz.Simon Wiesenthal, who founded the first Jewish Documentation Center in Linz in 1945, received an award for his work in remembrance of victims of the Second World War.Coat of arms The coat of arms of Linz developed from the seal image, which was used as emblem since 1242.It lost its status to Vienna and Prague after the death of the Emperor in 1493.