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The Upper Austrian market town of Türnitz is part of the Lilienfeld district. It covers an area of 145.53 km² and is home to 2,015 people. Türnitz is located at the famous "Via Sacra", the sacred road to Mariazell. Although only 100 km and 40 km from Vienna and St. Pölten respectively, Türnitz is surrounded by the best-forested landscapes of the Alpine foothills. 85 % of the municipality’s area is woodland and has the highest proportion of forest of any other Austrian region. Türnitz is the fourth largest community in Upper Austria, ranging in elevation from 400 m and 1,400 m: Türnitzer Höger, Eibl and Tirolerkogel in the south-west and Eisenstein and Hohenstein in the north.
The climate in Türnitz is very mild. Annual precipitation is about 856.1 mm. The months May to August see the most rain. July is the hottest month in Türnitz with an average temperature of 18.6 °C, while temperatures in winter are around 0°C.
In summer the Türnitz region has a variety of walks through pristine landscapes such as Falkenschlucht Gorge (walking time 2-10 hours), but the area is also home to a 9km bicycle route, recently awarded the most beautiful cycle path in Europe. Another highlight of the region is Eibl Jet, the all-year toboggan run at Eibl Mountain. It is supposed to be the steepest run in Austria and offers downhill rides in every weather condition.
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