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Lienz event highlights

Sport, Culture and City Life

Through the ideal location in the Eat Tyrolean Alps and the ideal summer and winter conditions, Lienz is well suited for sport events throughout the year. There is however much more than just sports…

Ski fans will want to follow the see the ski piste of Hochstein, famous for the world cup skiing event, cycle fans will want to follow the Dolomitenradrundfahrt and cross country skiers will want to follow the Dolomitenlauf. Families will also enjoy the Olala street theatre festival in Lienz where there is always plenty going on.

Dolomitenlauf in Obertilliach - the cross country ski event in East Tyrol

For over 40 years the Dolomitenlauf is a big theme in East Tyrol.  Each year more and more international athletes take part in two disciplines competing in the wonderful surroundings of Obertilliach.  Entrants include Olympic Champions as well as local matadors and hobby skiers.  


Obertilliach, south of Lienz is the biathlon cross country high point.  A large part of the reputation is earned from the Dolomitenlauf with its two races – 42km and 20km respectively.  For many top cross country skiers and competitors the FIS Marathon Cup confirms this route as one of the nicest.


Dolomitenradrundfahrt – cycle race

With the start and finish in Lienz, this legendary cycle race takes you through some of the nicest mountain regions in the East Alps. The 123km and 2,700m height difference is a sporting challenge but also an absolute cycling highlight.

Ladies World Cup skiing

Every two years the ladies World Cup skiing event comes to Hochstein in Lienz.  The piste is considered a challenging race with ‘flair’. The finishing area is situated directly on the edge of the city.

This event staged over two days sees the world’s best ladies competing in slalom and giant slalom skiing events.

Olala – street theatre festival

Once a year the streets of Lienz turn into a colourful stage and festival.  At the international street festival, taking place every July, you will be able to see a number of high class acts and theatre groups performing live in the city centre.  

Founded over 22 years ago the Olala street festival is one of the largest of its kind in the south alpine region. Each year Lienz comes together to bring well renowned artists from France, Belgium, Spain and Holland.

The streets and allies in Lienz turn into a magical theatre for 5 days where you can expect a magical experience leaving you buzzing for days.  And best of all it is free to watch all stage acts.


Other festivals in the city

As well as these events, you will find a number of other festivals taking place throughout the year.  In winter the highlight is the Advent and Christmas market with hot punch, handwork markets and a giant Advent calendar.

The Dolomitenmann

The unofficial world championship of extreme sports. Red Bull Dolomitenmann claims to be the hardest team competition in the world which all athletes and spectators can confirm. 

Only the fittest teams make it to the finish.  A runner, a paraglider, a canoeist and a mountain biker race on a course in different stages.

Mountain running

Even the world’s best runners have to give everything.  Not only physical body condition, but also mental concentration is required to tackle the route which ascends 1,800m over 12km.

Paragliding – 2 flights

Whoever thought paragliding was relaxing, think again!  After the first difficult stage, from the Lienzer Dolomites, the competitors have to carry all their equipment uphill to the take-off area for the second stage. From there the second flight takes you to probably the most spectacular stage – the landing area.

Mountain biker – Hochstein and back

1,300m have to be attacked by the mountain bikers.  Some of the journey is so steep that the cyclists have to carry their bikes on their shoulders.  Once at the top of Hochstein there is no time to admire the view, the journey continues downhill on the ski piste to the city of Lienz.

Canoeing – Drau and Isel

The Drau is considered as one of the most interesting wild water rivers in Europe.  If that wasn’t enough the competitors must first swim across the river and then jump from 7m into the water!  After 5km of the canoeists enter the river Isel where they have to paddle upstream and carry their equipment to the finish line.

If you are in Lienz in September then this event is not to be missed.

Moonlight Shopping

Twice a year in July and August Lienz has its so-called Moonlight Shopping event.  All the shops are open until late and live music can be heard all around the old town at various locations.  There’s also plenty to eat and drink with makeshift bars and places to sit down to eat and enjoy a great evening with lots of atmosphere on a lovely summer’s evening.