Tall Mountains and Mediterranean Flair
Lienz is a vibrant small town on the southern side of the Alps. The capital town of East Tyrol, framed by the Upper Tauern in the north and the majestic Dolomites in the south, offers more than 2000 hours of sunshine and the ideal climate for enjoying life to the fullest.
The old town, nestled between the Isel and Drava rivers, invites you to wonder through it's streets full of cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques and specialist shops. The proximity to Italy is very clear. The Mediterranean flair gives the town a very special atmosphere. The "Dolce Vita" is definitely lived to the fullest here.
From Lienz it's up, up, up - the Lienz cable-car takes you directly from the town to 2278 m. With breathtaking views of the Dolomites. You can go hiking, walking or mountain biking here in the Summer, and in Winter skiing, snowboarding or winter hiking.
At the Grand Hotel Lienz you are at the heart of the city and all it has to offer. The hotel is located directly on the banks of the Isel and only a few minutes walk from the old-town.
One of a Kind Mountains and Nature Experiences
Soft green meadows, rolling hills, and imposing rock formations; the Dolomites offer a unique natural spectacle. You simply will not be able to resist exploring this beautiful scenery, whether on foot, by bike, on water or by air. Around Lienz there are endless opportunities to enjoy this region, what ever you want to do!
The southern Dolomites offer a wonderful hiking and walking area with numerous kilometres of hiking routes. Climbers can expect a variety of tours for all levels of difficulty as well as diverse rock climbing parks. West of Lienz you can find the Hochstein towers above the town. The Hochstein is a great area for family walking especially as it is easily reachable in summer with the cable car. North of Lienz you will find the start of the Upper Tauern National Park, also beautiful for walking and hiking. On Zettersfeld, which is easily accessible by cable car, you can find a tour of peaks over 3,000 m high.
In the valley winding along the Isel and Drava rivers, you can find easy cycling routes. The Lienz Dolomites Bike Arena will delight every mountain biker with over 40 bike routes. On the outskirts of Lienz you can find one of the most beautiful golf courses in Austria where you can experience a very special tee-off, with views of the Dolomites. The Golf Course is only a 10 minute drive from the Grand Hotel. Hotel guests also receive a reduced rate for green fees and a great choice of golf packages.
A Natural Gem between Austria and Italy
East Tyrol is one of the last nature rich holiday retreats in the Alps. The holiday region on the sunny side of the Alps and has managed to keep its originality and traditions which today are much sought after.
Between the tallest mountains in Austria, with the Grossglockner (3798 m) in the north and the Dolomites in the south, spreads a beautiful natural paradise. More than half of the land is part of the Upper Tauern National Park, the largest national park in Central Europe.
Rugged mountain peaks, clear mountain lakes, glaciers, green meadows and waterfalls offer a unique natural spectacle and an abundance of possibilities for mountain sports. Discover East Tyrol via the numerous hiking and cycling routes, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the more than 2000 hours of sunshine a year.
Traditions and festivals in East Tyrol with a capital "T" and "F"! The people have a strong connection to their traditions and know how to keep them alive. There are traditional festivals and events to marvel at the whole year round, and regional specialities, such as schnapps, bacon and cheese, to enjoy.
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Romans, Counts and Rich Tradition
Lienz enjoys a rich and long history. As early as 2000 years ago the Romans built the town of "Aguntum" which was an important trading point on the famous trading route of "Via Julia Augusta". At the "Aguntum" museum you can get an insight into the world of the Romans.
During medieval times Lienz was the seat of the Gorizia counts who cleared the valley and built lots of castles and palaces, some of which, like The Castle Brucke above Lienz, are still standing today.
A historical and cultural tour through Lienz is a must. Churches, castles and museums tell the history of the town and make Lienz the cultural treasure chest that it is.
Traditions and customs are also kept alive in East Tyrol. The traditional highlight of the summer festivals is the Lienz Old-Town festival during which regional crafts, authentic costumes, traditional dancing and culinary delicacies are presented for you to enjoy.