The Lienzer Dolomite region
From climbing canyons to sunbathing by a freshwater lake, in East Tyrol just about everything is possible. Also as the town with the most sunshine hours in the whole of Austria, Lienz in East Tyrol has perfect conditions for you discover the wonderful natural surroundings of the Lienzer Dolomite region.
When one drives into Lienzer Dolomite region for the first time, it’s hard not to be impressed; three thousand meter peaks all around and spectacular valleys in between. Whoever wants to spend summer in the mountains will discover that Lienz is the perfect holiday destination.
The choice of hiking routes offers something from the simple walk to the ascent of a 3,000m peak and everything in between. Touring in National Park Hohe Tauern is also to be recommended as well as a trip to the Dolomitenhütte directly over the city of Lienz.
Many East Tyroleans cannot imagine a nicer region that they can call home. For visitors there are many fun activities available.
• Mountain biking
From the most spectacular alpine coaster in the Alps to the unique canyon of the Galitzenklamm, families with children will be well accommodated in the Lienzer Dolomites with plenty to see and do for everyone.
• Children tours in National Park Hohe Tauern
• Family trekking with llamas
• Climbing course with professional instructors
• Wildpark Assling
• Sunny day swimming at Lake Tristach
What can be nicer on a hot summer’s day than jumping into refreshing water? Regardless if you are just dipping a toe in an ice cold mountain stream or having a relaxing day in one of the nicest bathing lakes in Austria, or even in an indoor pool, refreshing and cooling opportunities are plenty!
During a hike take off your hiking boots and put a foot in ice cold water from a mountain stream. As a hiker you’ll be feeling revived and energised.
The only bathing lake in East Tyrol is at the same time one of the prettiest in the whole of the country. Nestled between trees and fields directly on the foot of the Lienzer Dolomites, you’ll find it a perfect location for a relaxing bathing day. Water temperatures can often reach 24 degrees C during the summer months.
Especially for rainy days, the Dolomitenbad, an indoor pool in the middle of Lienz, will be your first possibility. Several pools and children’s areas are on offer as well as pleasant water temperature. There are also swim courses available as well as water gymnastics.
The Dolomitenbad also has the largest outdoor swimming pool complex in East Tyrol with slides, jumps and a large children’s pool area.
Lienz is the capital town of the East Tyrol region of Austria and has a long history that goes back as far back as the Roman times. When you stroll through Lienz, a number of churches, castles and museums will help reveal the history of Lienz.
The Roman city known as Aguntum, which was once an important trading centre, is situated in Dölsach just outside of Lienz. The ruins along with a modern museum let guests discover how the Roman times once were.
In the first half of the 13th century, Lienz inherited a representative building for the region with Schloss Bruck, which stands to this day as Lienz’s most recognised landmark.
Schloss Bruck with its beautiful surroundings attracts some very prominent artists with galleries and exhibitions from the likes of Albin Agger-Lienz, Franz Walchegger, Franz von Defregger, Hugo Engl and Karl Hofmann. For art enthusiasts, a visit to one of Schloss Bruck’s galleries is well worth it.
The Lienz mountain landscape also has a story to tell. By visiting Vitalpinum Thal you will learn about the world of alpine herbs with all your senses. See for yourself in the show distillery how oils are extracted from the alpine flowers and herbs and how they are used to produce a number of natural care products.
At the Galitzenklamm near Lienz you will find a small natural wonder nestled between the mountains. A wooden walkway takes you through the canyon which has been carved by water over millions of years. From there you can experience dramatic waterfalls and panoramic views. A number of signs will also explain more about the history, nature, birds and plant world so you can learn more about how the Galitzenklamm was formed.
Lienz offers several galleries where it’s possible to discover the East Tyrolean art and culture.
The gallery located inside Schloss Bruck houses the largest collection worldwide of the expressionist Albin Egger Lienz, who originates from Lienz.
Art buffs should make sure they pay a visit to Gallery 9900 which is located in the town centre. Well-known artists as well as up and coming talent with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year can be seen here.
The Diogenes Gallery presents some of the most well-known East Tyrolean artists including Franz Walchegger, Franz von Defregger, Albin Egger-Lienz, Hugo Engl and Karl Hofmann. In addition there are numerous ‘one off’ exhibitions throughout the year.
The Volksbank Gallery on Südtiroler Platz in the centre of Lienz, produce 6 exhibitions yearly featuring local artists and cultural projects in the local area. The exhibition space itself is a modern architectural room of 100 square meters.
As you can see the Lienzer Dolomite region is an ideal base particularly for the active holiday seeker and families as well as visitors searching for cultural things to see and do in this beautiful region of Austria.