Linz is a city of contrasts. Medieval architecture, places of worship, the old part of the town and the new and the modern, it is all there. At one time known more as the hometown of Hitler, especially since 2009 Linz came to be known as a city of culture when UNESCO called it the European cultural capital for that year. This city of 200,000 residents has its fair share of student population and international students at the university level.

Named one of the UNESCO world heritage sites only in 1996, the city of Salzburg was made famous long before then with the film The Sound of Music in 1965 which was inspired by the true story of the von Trapp family. This fabulous city was relatively less known before then.

Palaces, culture, museums, music, art, history, architecture, the Danube river, the capital of Austria has it all. Additional to this is the cosmopolitan environment with a milieu of students from many parts of the world.

Three hundred years of shoemaking as a tiny family trade and then came Tomas Baťa who established Baťa, a brand that became synonymous with shoes. Continuing with our series on university towns, this week we talk about Zlin. However, it is unthinkable to talk about Zlin without Baťa.

Although Olomouc has just one university, it deserves a special mention. First of all a little about Olomouc which is in Moravia in the Czech Republic. The people of this city are known to be especially friendly and helpful. During a recent visit I discovered first hand that this reputation is well deserved. And what is one to say about Olomouc itself. Pretty as a picture, the city vibrates with positive energy all round.

With this article we begin a series that shall provide you with information on cities that distinguish themselves as educational centers. We begin with Brno in the Czech Republic which  is a city of many dimensions. Among these the city is known for its educational institutions that attract students from far and wide. With an estimated population of 1.3 million, comprises of over 20 percent that are students.

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