Sun City Lienz
– 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.
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.
Sports in Lienz
In summer, there are various bathing options around Lienz. The Dolomitenbad Lienz is the largest outdoor swimming pool in the region and offers various pools and a 60m long waterslide. The Strandbad Tristacher See is idyllically situated in the forest, 4 km from Lienz
The alpine pastures on Zettersfeld and Hochstein are ideal starting places for paragliders. If you just want to get a taste of this fascinating sport, you can experience a paragliding tandem flight over the sunny city of Lienz with AIRTIME AUSTRIA.
Surrounding East Tyrol’s main Town you will find several Fish Waters. From the Wild Romantic Mountain Creeks to the xalmer Waters from the Rivers outside the Valley – in East Tyrol you can find 33 different Fish Types, example Trout, Lake Trout, Pike, Carp and Pike Perch to name a few. For Real Fishers, “Adventure Fishing” in East Tyrol is of great interest. Or where else can you go fly fishing at approx. 2500m above Sea Level in Emerald Green Lakes?
Fishing Day Passes for Tristacher See are available at the Dolomitenbad.
Freedom on a loose rein – alpine riding in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Trail riding along the glacier river “Isel” with an impressive mountain panorama. Riding lessons English and Western.
Ideal for refreshing existing riding skills or as preparation for rides. Everyone experiences varied and individually designed riding lessons with us.
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Rafting and Canyoning
The Isel above Lienz is considered one of the best rafting routes in the Alps. Grab your helmet, life jacket and paddle and get to know the fascination of the “white water”. The Rafting Center East Tyrol offers tours of varying degrees of difficulty.
For more information, see Rafting in Carinthia and Osttriol.