Why Lienz and East Tyrol?
Year-round toboggan run at Lienz’s Hochstein - the Osttirodler
Recently loud cries of joy have been heard in summer as well as winter. If you listen at the foot of the Hochstein, then you can hear for miles around. It can hardly be a coincidence that the frequency of these cries of joy has something to do with the opening of the ‘Osttirodler’ at that time. Since then quite a few tobogganists have been flying down this spectacular Alpine roller-coaster. You can toboggan down the 2.7 kilometre Osttirodler run from the Moosalm via Lienz’s Schlossberg right to the finish area in the Hochstein Arena.
Natural and original – this is how East Tyrol is often described. The Isel is just one example. It is the largest glacial river in the Alps, the still vacant - no traffic jams or water reservoirs - flows. After the Isel rises in Umbaltal, she soon plunges spectacularly to great depths.
The landmark of the city Lienz! This residence from the 13th century, an interesting museum, which offers extensive temporary exhibitions on a large collection of works of the East Tyrolean painter Albin Egger-Lienz.
Only five kilometers from Lienz you can get away from life in untouched nature at the Lake Tristach. Situated at the foot of the Lienz Dolomites and surrounded by woods and meadows, this is the only lake in East Tyrol and is a true natural jewel. With water temperatures up to 24 ° C it is one of the warmest lakes in Tirol.
Aguntum was a Roman city (Municipium Claudium Aguntum), which was about 4 km east of Lienz in the present municipality Dölsach. Its origin was probably in a settlement of Norian people of Laiancer which also act as a name for the town of Lienz. Under Emperor Claudius (41 -.. 54th AD) Aguntum was created with an incredible upswing. The Emperor raised the settlement to a Municipium (city).
East Tyrol huts
Tyrol has 200 lodges. Not only the country and people, but also the kitchen can convince you to come here! Typical dishes of the region include Schlipfkrapfen (dumplings stuffed with potatoes that are well cooked in salt water), "Nigelen" (similar to fried donuts) or mutton (a roasted leg of lamb).
The Gschlösstal is considered to be the most beautiful valley of the Eastern Alps. From here you can enjoy views of the impressive glaciers around the Großvenediger; a mighty iceberg watching over the romantic Gschlösstal in the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park. Gigantic forces of glaciers formed once this landscape and here in the Hohe Tauern they are still at work. The Wanderer gains insight into the impressive world of glaciers and his pioneer vegetation. Just 45 minutes from Lienz.
The Hohe Tauern National Park
The Hohe Tauern National Park was established in 1981 and is therefore Austria's first National Park. Over the years it has become a reserve, on which the three provinces of Carinthia, Salzburg and Tirol are involved, and has become the geographically largest protected natural area of the Alps. With 1,856 km² it is by far the largest nature reserve in the Alps.