1. It is a great winter destination
In the winter East Tyrol boasts some great ski areas, such as the Zettersfeld Ski Resort (in Lienz), Matrei and Kals am Grossglockner or Sillian Hochpustertal. One of the great advantages of coming to East Tyrol is that you can get a ski pass which covers them all! And as they are all within driving distance of each other this means that you can ski at a different resort each day!
2. It is also a great summer destination
If you are not into skiing or snowboarding there is also natural ice skating, curling, snow shoe walking and much more to try out!
In the summer many of the cable cars and chairlifts are still in operation, making these very same resorts perfect for hiking and the very same lakes you have been ice skating on perfect for swimming! Or if you fancy something slightly more adventurous, East Tyrol is the perfect place to try out white water rafting, canyoning or even paragliding!
3. The Austrian culture and alm huts
Lienz, the capital of East Tyrol, boasts a great pedestrianised town centre in the summer with street cafes and restaurants and lots of outdoor entertainment, ranging from regular open air concerts by the town orchestra to Olala, an international street theatre festival.
In the winter a cozy alm hut is the place to be! They serve delicious traditional dishes, such as the local speciality of Schilpfkrapfen (dumplings filled with potato and cheese) and most of them have large terraces which are the perfect place to enjoy a beer in the sun!
4. You can pop over to Italy for the day
Not only do you get to experience Austrian food and culture when visiting East Tyrol, but as it is so close to the Italian border there is no reason why you can’t pop into Italy for a pizza and an ice cream. How about getting the train to Italy and then making you way back to Austria by bike? Don’t worry – it’s all down hill!
5. The stunning mountains!
What better reason to come to East Tyrol than the fact that almost every direction you look in is absolutely breath-taking! Both the Lienzer Dolomiten and the Alps are stunning in both summer and winter!