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Sun city Lienz
– high mountains and southern flair

We have already heard about it: Lienz describes itself as the sun city and claims that the south begins here. You can say and write a lot, but it is still an average of 2,020 hours of sunshine per year and a truly Mediterranean flair in the city. Stroll ingly through the city a bit in the summer and you quickly realize: You couldn’t describe the beautiful Lienz more accurately. And since man does not live by sun, south and hours of sunshine alone, Lienz also has a lot to offer.

The old town between the rivers Isel and Drava with its numerous cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques and specialist shops invites you to stroll. The proximity to Italy is clearly felt – the southern flair gives the city a very special atmosphere: “Dolce Vita” is lived here!

From the Sonnenstadt it goes high – directly from the city you can take the Lienz cable cars to 2278 m. With wonderful views of the Dolomites, you can go hiking and mountain biking here in summer and skiing, snowboarding or winter hiking in winter.

At the Grandhotel you are right in the middle of it all. The hotel is located right on the banks of the Isel River, within walking distance of the Old Town.

From Romans, counts and long tradition

Lienz has a long and eventful history: 2000 years ago, “Aguntum” was elevated to a city by the ancient Romans and was an important trading point on the famous trade route “Via Julia Augusta”. In the museum “Aguntum” you can take a look back to the time of the Romans.

In the Middle Ages, the town was the seat of the counts of Görzer, who cleared the valley and built many castles and castles, some of which remain today, such as Bruck Castle above Lienz.

A cultural-historical tour of the Sunny City is worthwhile – castles, churches and museums tell the history of the city and make Lienz a cultural treasure chest.

Traditions and customs are also cultivated in East Tyrol. The traditional highlight of the festive summer is the Lienz Old Town Festival, where you can admire regional crafts, authentic costumes, traditional dances and culinary delights.

Highlights in Lienz & East Tyrol
Cityguide Lienz

Sport in Lienz


In summer, there are various bathing facilities around Lienz. The Dolomite bath Lienz is the largest outdoor pool in the region and offers various pools and a 60m long water slide.

The Tristacher See beach is idyllically located in the forest, 2.5 miles from Lienz.


The alpine meadows at Zettersfeld and Hochstein are ideal starting points 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 with AIRTIME AUSTRIA.


Around the capital of East Tyrol there are a multitude of exemplary cherished fish waters. From the wild romantic mountain streams to the rather calmer waters of the rivers out of the valley – in East Tyrol live 33 different fish species such as trout, char, pike, carp, zander. Of great interest to true fishermen is the fact that in East Tyrol ‘adventure fishing’ is still possible. Or where else can you swing the fly rod at about 2,500 m above sea level in emerald-green lakes?

Fishermen’s day tickets for Lake Tristacher are available in the Dolomite Bath.


Freedom at the loose reins – Alpine riding in the Hohe Tauern National Park. Hiking 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 horseback riding. Everyone experiences varied and individually designed riding lessons with us.

Here you can get more information.

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 Osttirol offers tours of varying degrees of difficulty.

For more information, please contact Rafting in Carinthia and East Tyrol.

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