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Lienz Visitors Guide

Lienz Starters Kit
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Lienz Visitors Guide - Starters Kit

AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.

We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.

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9900, Lienz, Austria

+43 699 1731 7344
info@adventureaustria.com
Skype: Adventureaustria

Welcome to Lienz! If you have arrived in Lienz for your holiday then hopefully this quick travel guide, along with the others available on this website, will help you get the most out of your holiday here. If you are still considering Lienz and East Tyrol as a holiday destination, then hopefully this guide will provide some useful details and information to help you with your decision.

Lienz in East Tyrol, where we are based, has a surprisingly large amount of attractions and things to do for a small town.  Much of this revolves around winter and summer outdoor activities along with relaxation and taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Although Lienz is nestled deep within the mountains on the south side of the Alps, Lienz actually makes for a very central location when considering day trips to explore such fantastic places as Venice, Salzburg, the Italian Dolomite Mountains, Kitzbühel, the Hohe Tauern National Park, the Grossglockner and the beautiful lakes in Carinthia.  It is often surprising to guests that the Italian, Slovenian and Croatian coastlines can be reached in just over 2 hours from our base in Lienz.

 

This guide is meant to give you a quick ‘snapshot’ and overview of Lienz.

  • Introduction and orientation
  • Lienz at a glance
  • Top things to see and visit
  • Top things to do
  • Activities and sport available in Lienz

  • Recommended day trips and excursions
  • Food and drink
  • The language basics
  • Quick facts and helpful stuff good to know
  • Useful info such as banks, taxi numbers, emergency numbers

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Introduction and orientation

The state of East Tyrol is located in the south of Austria and borders the states of Carinthia, Salzburg and South Tyrol (Italy). Geographically East Tyrol does not actually share a border with the main part of Tyrol. Lienz is officially the sunniest town in the whole of Austria and is proudly referred to as ‘Sonnenstadt Lienz’. Annually, Lienz receives more than 2,000 sunshine hours every year meaning visitors have an 80% chance of sunshine regardless of what time of the year they are visiting. The town itself is located at 673 meters above sea level with the surrounding mountains standing at nearly 3,000 meters.

The region enjoys warm and mild Mediterranean style temperatures during the summer months but is also snow assured during the winter months. In fact in this region of East Tyrol, there are over 240 mountains with peaks over 3,000 meters including the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner at 3,798 meters. The town of Lienz, which is the capital town of East Tyrol, has a population of approximately 15,000 and is only 20km away from Italy. Two rivers run through Lienz; the River Isel and the River Drau. To the north are the alpine mountains of Austria and to the south are the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. There are many fresh water lakes nearby suitable for swimming during the summer months.

The nearest well known places include Kitzbühel, Cortina (Italy), Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.
The nearest airports are Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich. Lienz does have a train station with connections to the rest of Austria and northern Italy. The town itself has a good selection of shops, bars, restaurants, sights and entertainment to keep most guests happy during their stay, as well as numerous free concerts and events organised by the town during peak holiday times. Notable events include the town market and Christmas market (seen as one of the most romantic in Austria), the extreme sports competition, Redbull Dolomitenmann and the FIS Ladies World Cup Slalom and Giant Slalom skiing event.

Lienz at a glance

Number of hotels: 19
Number of guesthouses: 35
Number of apartments, private rooms etc: 220+
Number of pubs and bars: 40
Number of cocktail bars: 4
Number of discos/late night bars: 5
Number of cafes/bakeries: 35
Number of quality restaurants: 6
Number of Pizzerias: 6

Number of Chinese, Japanese, Greek etc: 8
Number of restaurants: 50
Number of mountain restaurants: 25
Number of fast food/snack restaurants: 20
Number of gelaterias: 4
Number of shops: 150
Number of banks: 10
Number of theatres: 2
Number of cinemas: 1

Top things to see and visit in Lienz

Museum of Lienz, Bruck Castle
Schloßberg 1, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel. +43 4852 62580
www.museum-schlossbruck.at

Aguntum Roman Town – working excavation site
Stribach 97, Dölsach (5 km east of Lienz)
Tel: +43 4852 61550 – Google Maps
www.aguntum.info

The Osttirodler Alpine Coaster
Iseltaler Strasse 27, Lienz – Google Maps
www.osttirodler.at

Town Market (Friday pm & Saturday am)
Messinggasse, Lienz – Google Maps
www.stadtmarkt-lienz.at

Canyon and Waterfalls Galitzenklamm
Amlach 15, Lienz (3 km south of Lienz)
Tel: +43 (0)664 1567457 – Google Maps

Tristacher LakeGoogle Maps
Tristachersee 1, Lienz (5 km southeast of Lienz)

Lienz Main Square and Liebburg Town Hall
Hauptplatz, Lienz – Google Maps

Moosalm Children’s Zoo and Play Area
Schlossberg 24, Lienz (4km west of Lienz)
www.moosalm.infoGoogle Maps

Kuenz Schnaps Distillery and Museum
Gödnach 2, Dölsach (7km east of Lienz)
www.kuenz-schnaps.atGoogle Maps

Assling Zoo and Children’s Paradise
Assling (15km south of Lienz) – Google Maps
www.wildpark-assling.at

Vitalpinum – Pine Tree Museum and Experience
Thal (10km south of Lienz) – Google Maps
www.vitalpinum.at

Top things to do in Lienz

Zettersfeld Ski Resort (skiing in winter, hiking in summer)
Zettersfeldstraße 38, Lienz
www.lienzer-bergbahnen.at

Hochstein Ski Resort (skiing in winter, hiking in summer)
Iseltaler Strasse 27, Lienz – Google Maps
www.lienzer-bergbahnen.at

Tristacher Lake (ice skating in winter, swimming in summer)
Google Maps
Tristachersee 1, Lienz (5 km southeast of Lienz)

Dolomitenbad (indoor & outdoor swimming centre)
Rechter Drauweg 1b, Lienz – Google Maps

The Osttirodler Alpine Coaster
Iseltaler Strasse 27, Lienz – Google Maps
www.osttirodler.at

Climbing Garden
Schlossberg, Lienz (4 km west of Lienz) – Google Maps
www.kletterpark-lienz.at

Canyon and Waterfalls Galitzenklamm (climbing)
Amlach 15, Lienz (3 km south of Lienz)
Tel: +43 (0)664 1567457 – Google Maps

Innichen to Lienz Drauweg (downhill cycle path)
Innichen (Italy) to Lienz (direction South)
Google Maps

Dolomitengolf Golf Course
Lavant (9 km east of Lienz)
Tel: +43 4852 61122
www.hotel-dolomitengolf.comGoogle Maps

Lienz Tennis Club (outdoor courts)
Rechter Drauweg, Lienz
Tel: +43 650 4313813- Google Maps
www.tcl-lienz.at

Hiking Trails and Cycle Paths (sign posted tracks)
All over Lienz and surrounding areas

Activities & Sport in Lienz

Summer

Mountain hiking
Swimming outdoors/indoors
Canyoning
3D archery
Horse riding
White water rafting
Mountain biking
Cycling – all levels
Kayaking
Glacier skiing
Nordic walking
Paragliding tandem flights
Light aircraft pleasure flight
Golf
Paintball
Minigolf
Gorges, waterfalls and walks

Winter

Alpine skiing
Ski touring
Snowboarding
Cross country skiing
Wellness and Pamper
Snow shoeing
Ice curling
Outdoor ice skating
Toboggan sled riding
Sauna, massage and spa

Day trips & Excursions from Lienz

National Park Hohe Tauern Tyrol
Kirchplatz 2, Matrei (25 km west of Lienz)
Tel: +43 4875 5161 0
The biggest national park in Austria. Nature paradise for walkers and cyclists. – Google Maps

The Grossglockner – Austria’s highest mountain
View Austria’s highest mountain either from Kals or from the High Alpine Road, Heiligenblut.
(Kals 30km west of Lienz. Heiligenblut 40km north of Lienz) – Google Maps

The Italian Dolomite Mountains
Amazing scenery including The Three Peaks and Cortina d Ampezzo
(70km south of Lienz) – Google Maps

Innichen to Lienz Drauweg – downhill cycle path
Innichen (Italy) to Lienz (direction south)
(Take the train 50km south into Italy and cycle downhill back to Lienz) – Google Maps

High Alpine Road – Grossglockner
The most spectacular and highest road in Austria!
Hochalpenstraße, Heiligenblut (50 km north of Lienz)
Tel: +43 (0) 662 873 673 0 – Google Maps

The Pustertaler High Alpine Road
Starting point Assling just 13km south of Lienz
Great views of the Lienzer Dolomite Mountains – Google Maps

Day Trips in East Tyrol
Places worth visiting to see ‘real’ East Tyrol include Sillian, Obertilliach, Innervillgraten, St Jakob in Defereggental, Prägraten, Matrei and Kals. Also consider San Candido and Dobbiaco just over the border in Italy.

Innergschlöss
Fantastic walk in the Hohe Tauern National Park to see the Grossvenediger mountain and glacier, one of Austria’s highest at 3674m.
(50km west of Lienz)
Google Maps

Umball Waterfalls in Virgental
Waterfalls in beautiful surroundings
(40km west of Lienz) Google Maps

Canyon and Waterfalls Raggaschlucht
Flattach, Carinthia (40km northeast of Lienz) – Google Maps

Mölltal Glacier
Flattach, Carinthia (50km northeast of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Lake Weisensee
Carinthia (50km southeast of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Lake Millstatt
Carinthia (70km east of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Kitzbühel
(90km northwest of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Gmünd, Malta Scenic Road and Kölnbrein Dam
(100km east of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Klagenfurt, Velden and Lake Wörthersee
(140km east of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Innsbruck – Winter Olympic City
(180km northwest of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to the Italian Seaside Resort of Grado
(170km southeast of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Salzburg
(218km north of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Ljubljana – Slovenia’s Capital City
(200km east of Lienz) – Google Maps

Day trip to Venice
(250km south of Lienz) – Google Maps

Food & Drink

East Tyrol cuisine is based on traditional dishes produced with mainly local ingredients. Whatever you eat, you can expect to eat well during your holiday here.

Schlipfkrapfen – East Tyrol’s most traditional dish. Schlipkrapfen are vegetarian potato dumplings covered with hot butter and are available in just about every restaurant in East Tyrol.

Apfelstrudel or Topfenstrudel – Delicious homemade cakes typically found in most cafes and coffee shops. Topfen is similar to sweet cream cheese.

Wiener schnitzel – This famous main course dish originally from Vienna can be found all over Austria. Traditionally made from calf meat but more commonly these days with pork or turkey (a thin breaded escalope pan fried and served with chips or potato salad).

Osttirol Pregler – East Tyrol has a long tradition of quality schnapps. The most famous is the so called Pregler schnapps made from apples and pears grown in East Tyrol.

Grüner Veltliner – The most popular white wine grape variety in Austria. Typically refreshing with crisp and fruity tones. Medium to dry in taste.

Zweigelt – The most popular and versatile red wine grape variety in Austria. Extremely good red wine from the Burgenland region in Austria.

Forrelle – Fish is surprisingly popular in East Tyrol and none more than the fresh water trout caught locally in one of the local lakes/rivers.

Prosecco – Sparkling white wine from northern Italy, not far from Lienz.

Speck and Hauswurst – Hundreds of farmers produce their own smoked bacon and delicious ‘house’ sausages with secret recipes handed down from the generations before.

Kaiserschmarrn – A sweet dish actually served as a main course. Fluffy pancake style, chopped up and covered with icing sugar served with a fruity jam.

Brettjause – A typical snack including speck, house sausage, cheeses, pickles and fresh bread served on a wooden board.

Tirolerknödel – Bread dumpling served either in a soup or as an accompaniment to a goulash.

Gulaschsuppe – Originally from Hungary, goulash is found all over Austria as a soup or a main course.

Jagatee – Fruity tea served with a shot of 80 percent Stroh rum.

Aperol Spritzer – White wine spritzer with the orange Italian bitter Aperol. Refreshing summer drink!

The language basics

Although almost everyone you’re likely to meet will speak some English, it’s always useful to know a couple of words in the local language. In East Tyrol, German is spoken with a strong Tyrolean dialect.

  • To say hello – Grüssgott, Hallo, Grüss dich
  • To say please – Bitte
  • To say cheers! – Prost! Zum Wohl! Gesund!
  • To ask for the bill – Die Rechnung bitte
  • Today – Heute
  • Morning – Vormittag
  • Afternoon – Nachmittag
  • Men – Herren
  • Child/children – Kind/Kinder – Kind/Kinder
  • Where is the…. – Wo ist…., Wo finde ich….
  • Town centre – Stadtmitte, Zentrum
  • Ski lift – Schilift
  • I am from England – Ich komme aus england
  • What’s the time? – Wie spät ist es?
  • Train station – Bahnhof
  • Town centre – Stadtmitte, Zentrum
  • Car/bus/taxi – Auto/Bus/Taxi
  • Chips or French fries – Pommes
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner – Frühstuck/Mittagessen/Abendessen
  • 1 to 10 – Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier, Fünf, Sechs, Sieben, Acht, Neun, Zehn
  • To say goodbye – Auf Wiedersehen, Tschüs, Ciow
  • To say thank you – Danke schön, Danke
  • To say I would like – Ich möchte…
  • To ask to pay – Zahlen bitte
  • Tomorrow – Morgen
  • Evening – Abend
  • Toilets – WC, Toiletten
  • Women – Damen
  • Eating and drinking – Essen und trinken
  • How much does it cost? – Wie viele kostet es?
  • Cable car lift – Seilbahn
  • Hospital/Doctor/chemist – Krankenhaus/Artzt/Apotheker
  • Do you speak English? – Verstehen Sie englisch?
  • Do you have internet? – Haben Sie internet?
  • Airport – Flughafen
  • Beer/wine/coffee/tea – Bier/ Wein/Kaffee/Tee – Bier/ Wein/Kaffee/Tee
  • Cakes – Kuchen, Torte
  • Bedroom/room – Schlafzimmer, Zimmer
  • I/us/we/you/them – Ich/Uns/Wir/Du/Ihnen

Quick facts and useful stuff good to know

  • The area of Lienz has been settled since the Bronze Age – about 2000 BC.
  • Schlossbruck (Bruck Castle) in Lienz dates back to 1278.
  • The most famous artist ever to come from Lienz is Albin Egger Lienz (1868-1926). The most famous artist alive today is Hans Salcher whose distinctive pictures can be seen all over Lienz.
  • Agriculture and tourism are the main driving factors in the local economy.
  • Lienz’s biggest employer is Liebherr with 1,400 employees. They produce fridges and freezers.
  • British troops occupied Lienz after the war in 1945.
  • Lienz has a population of 15,000. In the whole of East Tyrol there are 52,000 residents.
  • Lienz is officially the sunniest town in Austria with a yearly average of 2,020 sunshine hours. That’s 5 half hours per day every day!
  • Dialling code for the UK is 0044 – e.g. 0044 (0)207 123 456 789.
  • There is free Wifi for all devices available in the whole town centre and pedestrian areas.
  • Tipping is generally expected and practiced in bars and restaurants. Rounding up bills or adding 5-10% is sufficient.
  • Shop opening hours are generally from 8am until 6pm Monday to Saturday. Many small shops as well as banks close for lunch. Shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
  • Some bars and restaurants are closed on Monday or Tuesday (Ruhetag).
  • In East Tyrol there are 241 peaks over 3,000m, 2,500km of hiking trails, 1,080km of mountain bike tracks, 8 ski resorts, 398km of ski pistes, 400km of cross-country ski trails.
  • What is this area of Austria famous for? Lienz and East Tyrol can be characterised and summed up by the following:
  • Good weather, unspoilt nature, remote and beautiful, the Lienzer Dolomite Mountains, the Grossglockner, the Hohe Tauern National Park, skiing on uncrowded slopes, touring skiing, arts and culture, history and heritage, religious traditions, sporting events, hiking and walking, traditional Tyrolean food, local ingredients, extremely friendly locals, close to the Italian Dolomites, proudly separated from North Tyrol.

Useful stuff for your stay in Lienz

Tourist Office

Tourist Office Lienz
Mühlgasse 11, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 50 212 400
www.osttirol.com

Banks and Cashpoints

Hypo Tirol Bank
Hauptplatz 4, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 (0)5070 01700

Lienzer Sparkasse
Johannesplatz 6, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 (0)50100 33500

Raiffeisen Landesbank Tirol
Johannesplatz 4, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 4852 66110

Lienzer Sparkasse
Emanuel v. Hibler-Straße 5, Lienz
Tel: +43(0)5 0100 33640 – Google Maps

Lienzer Sparkasse
Brixener Platz 1, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43(0)5 0100 33680

Dolomitenbank Osttirol
Michaelsplatz 24, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 4852 638110

Dolomitenbank Osttirol
Südtiroler Platz 9, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 4852 6665 0

McDonald´s & McCafé Cashpoint
Tiroler Straße 24, Lienz – Google Maps

Taxi Services

Taxi Alpenland
Amlacher St. 2, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel.: +43 4852 65111
www.alpenland-reisen.at

Taxi Bundschuh
Hauptplatz 5, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel.: +43 4852 63863
www.bundschuh-reisen.com

Taxi Xander
Pustertaler Str 5, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 4852 65365
www.taxixander.at

Taxi Helli
Dolomitenstr 33b, Lienz – Google Maps
Tel: +43 4852 72600

Emergency Numbers

Rescue/ambulance: 144

Police: 133

Fire rescue: 122

Lienz Hospital
Emanuel von Hibler Straße 5, Lienz
Tel: +43 4852 6060 – Google Maps
www.kh-lienz.at