If you are staying in Lienz, where AdventureAustria is based, there are an abundance of signposted walking trails to choose from. But why not take it a step further and try Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking gives participants an opportunity to enjoy fitness and movement all year-round, whilst being outdoors in the natural surroundings. Nordic fitness can improve health and performance and through its gentle, varied movements the whole body gets a complete workout. Nordic Walking is perfect for keeping in shape, as part of a training or dietary programme and all-round general wellbeing and fitness.
Anybody can do Nordic Walking and there are no age limits. The only equipment required are a set of walking poles. Nordic Walking can be enjoyed alone, with your partner or with a group which is perhaps why it is so popluar. Simply put on your trainers, pick up your walking poles and off you go! Of course Lienz has many walking paths – some with extreme height differences and some with very little. A good starting point for example would be the lift station of Zettersfeld or at the Hochstein ski lift, where there are many different routes for every type of taste.
Nordic fitness sports park TM
For those that might take Nordic Walking a little more seriously, the Lienzer Dolomite region has its own Nordic fitness sports park.
The Nordic park consists of 10 Nordic Walking trails with a professional guidance and signage system to guide you through and give you vital information such as height difference, difficulty rating, trail length etc.
Nordic Walking trails with starting point at the Lienz swimming pool
1. Small Amlacher trail – ideal for beginners. Length: 4 km. Altitude difference: 20 m. Difficulty: Easy
2. Large Amlacher trail – extension of the Round 1. Length: 5,7 km. Altitude difference: 90 m. Difficulty: Moderate
3. Amlach-Tristacher trail – beautiful trail in the valley of Lienz. Length 11 km. Altitude difference: 250 m. Difficulty: Hard
4. Tristacher Lake trail – attractive trail for advanced walkers. Length 12.8 km. Altitude difference: 680 m. Difficulty: Hard
Nordic Walking trails with starting point at the Zettersfeld station ski lift
5. Zettersfeld trail – stunning views from over 1,700 m and accessible by ski lift. Length: 3,7 km. Altitude difference: 500 m. Difficulty: Easy
6. Zettersfeld heights trail – challenging mountain route up to 1,930 m above sea level. Length: 5,4 km. Altitude difference: 670 m. Difficulty: Moderate
Nordic Walking trails with starting point at the Hochstein ski lift
7. Sternalm trail – interesting trail at 1,500 meters above sea level, also accessible with the chairlift. Length of 2.2 km. Altitude difference: 220 m. Difficulty: Easy
8. Sternalmpanorama trail – beautiful views of the Lienz Dolomites. Length: 5,1 km. Altitude difference: 630 m. Difficulty: Moderate
Other Nordic Walking trails
9. Nordic Walking Trail Assling – wonderfully designed route along the Pustertaler scenic road. Length: 12.3 km. Altitude difference: 1210 m. Difficulty: Hard
10. Nordic Walking Trail Iselsberg – attractive route at medium altitude. Length: 5.6 km. Altitude difference: about 360 m. Difficulty: Moderate