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AdventureAustria > News > Summer holidays in Lienz in East Tyrol

Lienz in East Tyrol where AdventureAustria is based, is the perfect location for a fun summer activity holiday with friends or with family with plenty to see and do.

But what should you see or do first? Especially if you haven’t got much time…

If you have chosen Lienz and East Tyrol as your holiday destination this summer, or perhaps you are still considering Lienz and East Tyrol as your summer holiday destination, then the list below should help organise your holiday for you and/or help persuade you if you are still undecided.

We’ve handpicked some of the best things to see and do that this region of Austria has to offer and split them into three easy categories:

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘must do’s’

Things you absolutely must do on a summer holiday to Lienz in East Tyrol.

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘should do’s’

Things you really should try and do if you have the time to squeeze them in.

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘could do’s’

If you’ve done nearly everything on the lists above and still looking for some great things to do…

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘must do’s’

Zettersfeld Neualpseen – Light and easy 2 hour hike around the small lakes on top of Zettersfeld Mountain surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery. The high alpine hike starts at the Steiner Mandl mountain hut restaurant at the top of the chairlift. Those with more ambition can tackle the summit of Schleinitz.

High ropes climbing course on Hochstein – 16 different courses offer simple climbing elements to high adrenaline courses with jumps over 20m high. A number of flying foxes also add to thrill in Tyrol’s biggest high ropes climbing park.

Osttirodler – The all year toboggan run known as the Osttirodler, is an alpine coaster of the highest class where guests can reach speeds of up to 40kph. It goes from the Moosalm on the Lienz Schlossberg, 2.7km along a winding track to the finish line of the Hochstein Arena.

White water rafting – The River Isel is considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting and versatile white water rafting rivers with tours suitable for beginners and experts alike.

Moosalm petting zoo and adventure playground at Schlossberg – Perfect entertainment for young children and families with an excellent and comfortable restaurant for adults too.

Galitzenklamm – An impressive canyon with waterfalls and a wooden viewing path, water playground, Klettersteig (Via Ferrata), and high ropes climbing course. This family and climbing paradise is just a few minutes from Lienz

Drauradweg Lienz to Innichen – The Drau cycle path runs from Italy to Slovenia. The Innichen to Lienz section (50km) is almost completely downhill and the route features a well-marked bike path which is suitable for all types of bikes. The tour is also suitable for families with children as well as compete beginners. Innichen in Italy is reached by train from Lienz and takes 45 minutes. Guests should take the one-way journey by train before cycling back downhill to Lienz.

Outdoor swimming – Lake Tristach near Lienz is East Tyrol’s only bathing lake which offers a truly unique bathing experience surrounded by mountains and forests. The Dolomitenbad (outdoor swimming complex) in Lienz is also excellent for swimming and bathing as is the outdoor adventure pool in Thal.

Coffee and cake in the City Cafe Glanzl – Relaxing on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Lienz main square and enjoying homemade cakes and ice cream whilst watching the world go by before you.

Dolomitenhütte / Karlsbaderhütte – Two popular mountain huts in the heart of the Lienzer Dolomite mountains which make excellent hiking days out. Try the following tasty, traditional dishes: Schlipfkrapfen, Tirolerknödel, Käsespätzle and Kaiserschmarrn.

Paragliding Zettersfeld – Fly like a bird over the Dolomite town of Lienz with an altitude difference of 1,550m and flying time of over 30 minutes.

Schloss Bruck – The castle of Lienz is home to the museum of Lienz and has a pleasant café and park to relax in.

Dolomittenblick Weg – a pleasant circular walk in the Gaimberg region of Lienz offering stunning views of the Lienzer Dolomites.

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘should do’s’

Natural Kulturlehrweg Debanttal to the Lienzer Hut – The nature trail leads 2 ½ hours through a varied alpine landscape, surrounded by mighty mountain scenery and ending and the wonderful Lienzer Hütte.

Lienz town market – Local products are available to purchase directly from the producers. Every Friday from 13:00 – 18:30 and every Saturday from 8:30 – 12: 30.

Nordic Walking – At the foot of the Lienz Dolomites, there are 10 attractive walking routes suitable for beginners and professionals.

Hochstein – A walk to the Böses Weibele peak with a stop in the panoramic Hochsteinhütte mountain restaurant.

The Pustertaler high alpine road – Either by bicycle or with a car you can experience some amazing views of the Drautal Valley and Lienzer Dolomites.

Archery – Indoor and outdoor 3D courses. The outdoor 3D course takes visitors on a journey though the forests of Lienz. Along with a guide you will hunt for lifelike animals on an archery experience which takes nearly 4 hours to complete.

Anna Schutzhaus, Ederplan – One of the nicest mountain lodges with incredible views every direction. Only reachable by foot.

Loacker – The Loacker chocolate factory, museum and gift shop makes an excellent stop for a quality Italian coffee and to buy some delicious chocolates to take home with you.

Wildlife Park Assling – A small wildlife park located high up in the mountains with a summer toboggan run, children’s playground, and restaurant and farm shop. The walk around the park takes about 1 ½ hours and includes deer, lynx, raccoons, various owls, eagles, ibex, goats, wild pigs etc.

Vitalpinum – Distillery, wellness garden, medicinal herbal field, play park and shop. The five areas of Vitalpinum invite all your senses to discover well-being products produced from the pine trees in the surrounding mountains.

Aguntum – A working Roman excavation site and museum.

Llama trekking – The llamas carry your bags whilst you walk on isolated tracks and through green forests and flowering alpine meadows with these fascinating animals.

Kuenz schnapps distillery – Visit one of the finest farms producing high quality schnapps in East Tyrol and learn about the workings and secrets of distilling schnapps.

St Helene’s Church – This romantic church is only reachable by walking but you’ll be rewarded with one of the nicest views of Lienz.

Raggaschlucht – The canyon located in Carinthia has been formed over millions of years and can be viewed by walking on a wooden path directly inside the canyon.

The Drei Zinnen – The most famous landmarks of the Italian Dolomite Mountains are located an hour’s drive from Lienz.

The Grossglockner high alpine road – One of the highest roads in Austria taking in the impressive Pasterze Glacier and unprecedented views of Austria’s highest mountain.

National Park Hohe Tauern – The largest park in Austria is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. An excellent day trip for example is the Innergschlöss to view the Grossvenediger Mountain and glacier.

Summer holidays in Lienz ‘could do’s’

Kals Lucknerhaus – View the Grossglockner. An ideal destination in summer and winter at the endpoint of the Kals Glocknerstraße to view Austria’s highest mountain.

Umbalfälle Waterfalls – On a viewing path along the River Isel, experience this natural spectacle first hand. Particularly impressive are the waterfalls near the mountaineering village of Prägraten.

Obertilliach – A trip to a very traditional East Tyrolean village much unchanged for centuries combined with a chairlift trip onto the Golzentipp Mountain.

Velden, Wörthersee and Minimundus – A trip to Lake Wörthersee in Carinthia to experience the Austrian Riviera combined with a trip to Minimundus – a miniature world displaying some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks.

A day trip to Gmünd, Malta Scenic Road and Kölnbrein Dam – The colourful artist town of Gmund, the scenic Malta Road and the 200m high Kölnbrein Dam can be combined as a pleasant day trip from Lienz.

Day trip to Venice – a day trip to Venice or one of the other Italian seaside resorts could break up a holiday in the Alps nicely.

Weissensee – The Weissensee Lake in the southwest of Carinthia, about 45 minutes from Lienz, is one of the highest swimming lakes in Austria. Boat rides are available where you can admire the beautiful lakeshore – two-thirds of which are completely unspoilt.

Krimml Waterfalls – The Krimml Waterfalls with its height of 380m, is the fifth highest waterfall in the world. The waterfalls are a 1 ½ hour drive away from Lienz through the Felbertauerntunnel.

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